Beyond the First Draft: The Art of Fiction

National Book Award winner John Casey is a masterful novelist who is also an inspiring and beloved teacher In Beyond the First Draft he offers essential and original insights into the art of writing and rewriting fiction.Through anecdotes about other writers methods and habits as well as his own and close readings of literature from Aristotle to Zola, the essays in thiNational Book Award winner John Casey is a masterful novelist who is also an inspiring and beloved teacher In Beyond the First Draft he offers essential and original insights into the art of writing and rewriting fiction.Through anecdotes about other writers methods and habits as well as his own and close readings of literature from Aristotle to Zola, the essays in this collection offer suggestions about things to do, things to think about when your writing has got you lost in the woods In Dogma and Anti dogma Casey sets out the tried and true advice and then comments on when to apply it and when to ignore it In What s Funny he considers the range of comedy from pratfalls to elegant wit In In Other Words he discusses translations and the surprising effects that translating can have on one s native language In Mentors he pays tribute to those who have guided him and other writers Throughout the fourteen essays there are notes on voice, point of view, structure, and other crucial elements This book is an invaluable resource for aspiring writers and a revitalizing companion for seasoned ones.
Beyond the First Draft The Art of Fiction National Book Award winner John Casey is a masterful novelist who is also an inspiring and beloved teacher In Beyond the First Draft he offers essential and original insights into the art of writing a

  • Title: Beyond the First Draft: The Art of Fiction
  • Author: John Casey
  • ISBN: 9780393351248
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. As a former student of John Casey's, I offered a testimonial/blurb for this terrific book, and here is what I said:John Casey is a classroom raconteur: erudite, passionate, fierce, and funny. How fortunate, then, that those who haven't had the opportunity to be his student can now be mentored by him via this collection of emotionally generous and vivid essays on the art of fiction. I tore through the selections, adding my marginal scribbles of surprise and delight. The volume is a treasure, and [...]

    2. Awesome anecdotal advice on how to write. Opening is great. He basically says no one can be taught to write, but they can be taught to rewrite.

    3. Some good takeaways here for the intermediate wrtiter, but mostly things you've heard before. I like the idea of learning another art to focus on your writing. Also gaining sympathy for your protangasit by having him/her try to do something.

    4. If you read only one essay from this book, read "Meanwhile Back At The Ranch". It's an extraordinary examination of polyphony in prose, and it got me to say, "Oooh, that's interesting", aloud, to myself, several times. The rest of the book is quite good as well, though it does strike a very academic tenor. I like that, myself, but perhaps not as much as I like the conversational quality of, say, BIRD BY BIRD, or the personal quality of King's ON WRITING. But there is a place for this book, for s [...]

    5. Author John Casey's "Beyond the First Draft: The Art of Fiction" is a collection of 14 essays about writing. Casey, who teaches at the University of Virginia and a National Book Award winner in 1989 for "Spartina," delves into the various aspects of writing fiction and a few other topics. I particularly enjoyed his essays on "What's Funny," "Childhood Reading," and "Mentors in General, Peter Taylor in Particular." The collection is a reflection of what he has seen, listened, and learned during h [...]

    6. This is a very good book. It's informative, easy to read, and humorous. I'd suggest it most strongly to those interested in writing fiction or just interested in John Casey and how he has become successful with his writing.

    7. Very smart collection of essays on the craft of writing that showcase John Casey's erudition and wry humor.

    8. informal, utile, & engaging, Casey's 'how-to' proves an excellent resource for writers, would-be writers, and readers

    9. A book on writing by a writer. I've long admired his fiction and non-fiction. A worthy book to add to the canon.

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