The Making of a Story
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Alice LaPlante is an award-winning writer and teacher of writing. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Turn of Mind and other novels, and the Los Angeles Times bestseller The Making of a Story. She lives in Mallorca, Spain.

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Comprehensive in its coverage of inspiration, craft, aesthetics, veracity, and purpose, this one-stop guide to writing is casual in tone and rigorous in content, elucidating the nature of diction and nonfiction and clarifying the qualities unique to each and common to both. Each chapter contains an explication of such subjects as point of view, characters, and narrative structure; writing exercises; and an illustrative story by the likes of Tim O'Brien, ZZ Packer, Lorrie Moore, John Cheever, and Maxine Hong Kingston. Expansive, clear, and sophisticated, LaPlante's richly resourced guide is destined to become a standard.-- "Booklist"

This big, comprehensive book is almost a complete writing course.-- "Book Passage"

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