Write Like the Masters: Emulating the Best of Hemingway, Faulkner, Salinger, and Others

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Writer's Digest Books, Oct 22, 2009 - Reference - 282 pages
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Want To Find Your Voice? Learn from the Best.

Time and time again you've been told to find your own unique writing style, as if it were as simple as pulling it out of thin air. But finding your voice isn't easy, so where better to look than to the greatest writers of our time?

Write Like the Masters analyzes the writing styles of twenty-one great novelists, including Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, Franz Kafka, Flannery O'Connor, and Ray Bradbury. This fascinating and insightful guide shows you how to imitate the masters of literature and, in the process, learn advanced writing secrets to fire up your own work.

You'll discover:Herman Melville's secrets for creating characters as memorable as Captain AhabHow to master point of view with techniques from Fyodor DostoeveskyWays to pick up the pace by keeping your sentences lean like Ernest HemingwayThe importance of sensual details from James Bond creator Ian FlemingHow to add suspense to your story by following the lead of the master of horror, Stephen King

Whether you're working on a unique voice for your next novel or you're a composition student toying with different styles, this guide will help you gain insight into the work of the masters through the rhetorical technique of imitation. Filled with practical, easy-to-apply advice, Write Like the Masters is your key to understanding and using the proven techniques of history's greatest authors.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Write Like Honoré de Balzac
6
Write Like Charles Dickens
19
Write Like Herman Melville
27
Write Like Fyodor Dostoevsky
37
Write Like Knut Hamsun
48
Write Like Edith Wharton
60
Write Like W Somerset Maugham
72
Write Like George Orwell
155
Write Like Ian Fleming
167
Write Like JD Salinger
179
Write Like Ray Bradbury
192
Write Like Flannery OConnor
205
Write Like Philip K Dick
216
Write Like Tom Wolfe
227
Write Like Stephen King
238

Write Like Edgar Rice Burroughs
83
Write Like Franz Kafka
92
Write Like DH Lawrence
104
Write Like William Faulkner
116
Write Like Ernest Hemingway
128
Write Like Margaret Mitchell
143
Conclusion
248
Acknowledgements
251
Bibliography
254
Index
278
About the Author
282
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William Cane has had a distinguished career as a professor of English at CUNY and Boston College, where he helped a generation of students improve their prose by imitating great writers. Cane is the author of six books, including the international bestseller The Art of Kissing (St. Martin's), which has sold more than 100,000 copies. He is active on the college lecture circuit and has appeared on almost every major television talk show, including Today, The View, and CBS This Morning. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and many other publications. The author's Website is: http://hiwrite.com. To read his blog postings, visit: http://www.topformsecrets.com and http://www.arsartiste.com/.

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