From where You Dream : the Process of Writing Fiction

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Grove Press, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 269 pages
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Robert Olen Butler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, has been praised as"the best living American writer" ("Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram). During his prestigious career, he has taught graduate fiction at Florida State University-- his version of literary boot camp. Now janet Burroway, author of the classic text on creative writingWriting Fiction,"the best such book on the market" according to James L. Marra of Temple University, introduces her edited transcripts of Butler's though-provoking lectures."From Where You Dream reimageines the process of writing as emotional rather than intellectual, and tells writers how to achieve the dreamspace necessary for composing honest, inspired fiction. Proposing fiction as the exploration of the human condition with yearning as its compass. Butler reinterprets the traditional tools of the craft using the dynamics of desire. He offers invaluable insights into the nature of voice and shows how to experience fiction as a sensual, cinematic series of takes and scenes. Offering a direct view into the mind and craft of aliterary maste, "From Where You Dream is an invaluable tool for the novice and experienced writer alike.

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User Review  - malrubius - LibraryThing

This is an excellent book. It gives a different perspective on the writing process and avoids most of the usual pedestrian (but important) stuff about character, plot, setting, etc that is available in many, many other books. I enjoyed it. Read full review

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User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

Forget everything you think you know about writing. Throw all the information you’ve obtained in school about how to write. All of that is useless. Writing doesn’t come from your logical, thoughtful ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Robert Olen Butler is a novelist, screenwriter, educator, and short-story writer who grew up in Granite City, Illinois. Butler served in Vietnam. Following the Vietnam War, Butler began writing. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, The Paris Review, and The Saturday Review, as well as in four annual editions of the Best American Short Stories and six annual editions of New Stories of the South. A collection of his stories, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Butler's novels include The Alleys of Eden, Countrymen of Bones, and Sun Dogs. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Butler also won the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches creative writing at McNeese State University.

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