From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 288 pages
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Robert Olen Butler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, teaches graduate fiction at Florida State University — his version of literary boot camp. In From Where You Dream, Butler reimagines the process of writing as emotional rather than intellectual, and tells writers how to achieve the dreamspace necessary for composing honest, inspired fiction. Proposing that fiction is the exploration of the human condition with yearning as its compass, Butler reinterprets the traditional tools of the craft using the dynamics of desire. Offering a direct view into the mind and craft of a literary master, 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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Boot Camp
The Zone
Cinema of the Mind
5A Writer Prepares
Reading Lit Crit and the Workshop
The Anecdote Exercise
The Written Exercise
Flamenco by Erich Sysak
My Impossibles by Brandy T Wilson
My Summer in Vulcan by Rita Mae Reese
Open Arms by Robert Olen Butler

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Robert Olen Butler is the author of ten novels and two collections of stories. In addition to a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 and a National Magazine Award in 2001 (both for fiction), he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and an NEA grant, as well as the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University.

Janet Burroway is the author of plays, poetry, and seven novels including Raw Silk, runner up for the National Book Award. An NEA recipient, her most recent books are a collection of essays, Embalming Mom, and the texts Imaginative Writing and the sixth edition of Writing Fiction.

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