Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process

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Barbara Shoup, Margaret-Love Denman
Alpha, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 296 pages
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"Novel Ideas: Contemporary Writers Share the Creative Process" is a thought-provoking guide for aspiring novelists that uses the experiences of popular contemporary authors to illustrate the daily challenges of the creative process. Twenty-three in-depth interviews show first-hand how the process works-- and how it can take over an author's life. Interviews include A. Manette Ansay, Michael Chabon, Wally Lamb, Valerie Martin and Sena Jeter Naslund. Reading these interviews, the would-be novelist feels as if he or she is having a conversation with a mentor. The book also combines chapters on the creative process, novel structure, discipline, and drafting.

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Shoup (Faithful Women) and Denman, the program director of creative writing at the University of New Hampshire, interviewed 23 well-known contemporary authors about the process of crafting fiction ... Read full review


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A Manette Ansay

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Margaret Love Denman is the author of A Scrambling After Circumstance and a Barnes and Noble "Discover Great New Writer's" pick. She is the director of the creative writing program at the University of New Hampshire, where she teaches fiction and novel writing.

Barbara Shoup is the author of Night Watch, Wish You Were Here and Stranded in Harmony. Her young adult novels were named to the American Literary Association's list of "Best Books for Young Adults." She is a Literary Fellow with the Butler University Writer's Studio and has taught novel writing to students and adults.

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