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Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy. For readers who have no or relatively little or in my case dated knowledge gleaned from one or two decades-old psychology and sociology college courses, The Good Story can be hard to get into. There is a jargon. There is no way to escape this.
It helps if you can relate what is discussed to novels you have read. This necessarily involves skipping the dull interesting parts. It is not definitely not an objective neutral assessment of a character, a plot line that stretches out indefinitely. Nor is it always telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth, though entirely leading a reader down the wrong garden path probably is not wise.
Literary writing is hard to read because of this often and sometimes, it is very unsatisfying.
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Yet I will continue to read Tartt along with Coetzee, Edith Wharton, and others because they make me think, long after I finished their work. Still literary writing has to have some semblance; otherwise it is never finished. The question then becomes: What does an author leave out? And, the parts that are left out, are they deep truths that ought to have been left in?
Such truth is not possible at least from us mere mortals, and ultimately may not even exist. To me, a totally objective truth is fathoming the inside of a black hole or the premises underlying complex mathematical equations. Poetic or emotional truth allows for an internal coherence while maintaining certain identification to the world at large. Or in other worlds, maintaining that all-important reality check.
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In the last category, Coetzee examines anti-social, destructive tendencies of gangs. Coetzee writes that gang members put on a persona that is often at odds with and deliberately in challenge to societal expectations. Ultimately, The Good Story is an examination of what it means to and what it takes to know thyself, to know others, in a way that keeps life interesting. One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.
As a writer who knows a bit about psychotherapy, I found this conversation engaging and useful. For example, the concept of the past as fluid. Facts are facts, but we change over time, and that alters our perception of and the meaning we take from the past. And that's the only thing that matters - what meaning we assign to events and people from the past, how that impacts who we are today.
You may stay angry at a parent in your twenties, but in your forties, fifties, sixties, unless you've lived an insight-free life, your response to that part of your history may be different. Call it maturity, evolving, whatever, I thought this new perception was worth the price of admission.
A somewhat disappointing dialog between Coetzee, the writer, and Kurz, the psychologist. Somehow they don't truly engage in their topic. One of those books that really open One of those books that really open your eyes. I liked the very last sentences. While both make the final journey. See all 9 reviews.
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The stories follow the Law of the Imagination: Tell the truth and the lies take care of themselves. Any links that a reader may invent are reasonable even if not true. A teenage daughter enduring a home perm In this collection of exquisitely nuanced stories, it isn't so much what is said, but what is left unspoken that gives Powell's work such emotional complexity and firepower. Proof positive that a good story is "truer than the truth. Cole , author of Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive.
Read more Read less. Prime Book Box for Kids. About the Author Enid Levinger Powell has been writing more years than she wants you to know, resulting in the publication of stories, poems, and humorous essays in literary and popular magazines and newspapers.
Xlibris August 26, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. The "slices of life" written here, were compelling. It is amazing what E. This little book is a gem that has many "teachable" moments. One person found this helpful. This is the sort of book of short stories that reminds me of a box of candy, each story so perfect, so delicious, I was reluctant to read fast, lest the box be empty too soon.
Powell has remarkable insight into her characters. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Have been rereading this recently--got it for a grad workshop a few years back and loaned out my copy oops. The "setting" chapter rambles at length about his own life, quotes someone else's sweeping and inaccurate generalizations about the American South, and contains none of the brilliantly useful suggestions found elsewhere.
The first "read like a writer" chapter is a tired-ass recapitulation of part of the Harvard Classics list Despite the erratic quality, this is still one of the best texts for beginning or struggling writers. Pick it up if you fit either of those descriptions--but expect to spend roughly equal amounts of time exclaiming "ooh, I never thought of it that way before" and "dammit, Dufrense!! One person found this helpful. The best overall book on the practice of writing fiction. Written with a personal tone and using personal examples, Dufresne is able to carry on a pleasant and helpful overview of writing.
The chapter on dialogue alone is worth the price of the book Very good. There is a lot of wisdom in this. If you think writing is just learning a formula then don't bother with this. Writing is a life choice, like being a professional musician or athlete. If you want to learn the techniques and the personal habits and practices for real, literary writing, this is a good edition. I add this in because it looks like this book may be going out of print.
If it does, you lose out if you do not have this. Yeah, the writing is a bit personal at times but not in excess and never at the expense of the ideas and advice the book gives. My book has a yellow border from the amount of sticky notes in it. My desk is covered in sticky notes with quotes from this book. No how-to-write-a -novel-and-get-published used car salesman pitch. This is a real writer showing you his process.
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You'll be inspired to write. You will learn simple things that go a long way like, nothing unimportant can happen in a scene. He will be giving you writing exercises that you won't even notice are exercises because if you're a writer the words will be pouring out of you and you'll realize the truth is that there is no such thing as writers block- you just had to actually sit down and decide to write.
This is not a how-to so much as a great book about literature, writing, writers, and the breakdown of a good book. Every writer, aspiring writer, even lovers of writing should own this book- should own two copies, in case you spill a cup of coffee on one. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I'm one of those writers who have spent a few decades waffling over whether or not to outline. Without overtly saying to either outline or pants, somehow John Dufresne has helped me bridge the gap and love writing again.
The book is warm, friendly, and funny. This is your book! It not only gives wonderful insights on the fiction writer's craft, it is the best coaching text I've read yet. Don't take your problems to the therapist, Dufresne says, take your problems to the page! Storytellers are not preachers: As a natural preacher who is trying to be a better storyteller, Dufresne is my writer's bible. Full of details and interesting information. Far and away the best book on writing fiction.