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How to Write Like Chekhov: Advice and Inspiration, Straight from His Own Letters and Work

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"Conciseness is the sister of talent"-and other essential, illuminating observations and advice from Anton Chekhov, one of the most deeply revered writers of all time
ebook, 360 pages
Published October 23rd 2008 by Da Capo Press (first published November 10th 2007)
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The writer as observer, not solution provider or judge; his purpose to depict life as it is in all its sordidness - this was the role Chekhov chose for himself, and that message is very clear from this "How to..." book.
Despite that premise, the old master is not shy to be firm and prescriptive about the "do's and "don'ts" of writing.
1) It's not "what" but "how"
2) Reading, Watching, Listening - essential to the writer
3) Cutting Mercilessly after writing
4) Do no invent suffering you have not expe
Marian Allen
It's always interesting to read good writing, but this wasn't really what the title promised. The time reading it was well-spent, but nothing to rave about.
Cepi Sabre
Membaca Surat-Surat Chekhov; Belajar Menulis Dengan Cara Mengintip Surat Orang

Konon, selain membayar pajak, rahasia pribadi yang diketahui oleh publik pun katanya menjengkelkan. Rahasia pribadi itu tentu macam-macam jenisnya, tapi medianya, bisa disebutkan sedikit saja, selain rekaman video porno seperti artis papan atas, termasuk di dalamnya percakapan pribadi, surat-surat, atau catatan di buku harian. Anton Chekhov melakukan dua yang terakhir: menulis surat dan mencatat. Kalau kemudian dia ter
This is an arrangement of paragraphs from Chekhov's work, many from his non-fiction on Sakhalin. Each is introduced by an aphorism constructed by the editor. The aphorisms are really classifications of the activities that Chekhov may have performed while writing the text.

An example: "Visit cemeteries. Study the graves and the headstones; notice the inscriptions; take part in a funeral." The attached passage describes the expanse viewable from the graveside, the headstone of a guard who was kill
The book is divided into sections, each of which (in my opinion) can stand separately from the others. As such, this functions somewhat like a reference book, or a book for pleasant browsing rather than one you'd necessarily want to read straight through. In fact, even the individual sections are broken down into bits you can read on their own.

If you are serious about writing well, this book might contain a sentence or a paragraph that could change your life. If you just want to be entertained,
Obviously whatever Chekhov has to say about writing amazing. However, the editor/translator had to stick their noses into every little thing. Each excerpt from his letters was prefaced by a heading and a brief summary. Chekhov is amazing, just let him speak for himself!
Erika Dreifus
My review of this book appeared in the February 2009 issue of The Writer magazine, and was republished here.
Helpful when writing theatrical adaptations of Chekhov's short stories AND helpful when just writing AND helpful when just trying to live a "story worthy life."
Drew Jameson
Jul 15, 2011 Drew Jameson marked it as to-read
Fantastic. Makes me feel sorry for Chekhov's older brother Alexander, though. Anton really called him out mercilessly for what he saw as sloppy writing.
great collection of advice and inspiration straight from his own pen
"There is no need for laying it on thick." -- Anton Chekhov
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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: Антон Павлович Чехов) (Arabic: أنطون تشيخوف) was born in the small seaport of Taganrog, southern Russia, the son of a grocer. Chekhov's grandfather was a serf, who had bought his own freedom and that of his three sons in 1841. He also taught himself to read and write. Yevgenia Morozova, Chekhov's mother, was the daughter of a cloth merchant.

"When I think back on m
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