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Telling Stories: The Craft of Narrative and the Writing Life

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  4 reviews
A prolific and award-winning writer, Lee Martin has put pen to paper to offer his wisdom, honed during thirty years of teaching the oh-so-elusive art of writing. Telling Stories is intended for anyone interested in thinking more about the elements of storytelling in short stories, novels, and memoirs. Martin clearly delineates helpful and practical techniques for demystify ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published October 1st 2017 by University of Nebraska Press
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Romie
I truly thought I would appreciate this book a lot more.
There were a lot of interesting advices, but I was expecting something a bit more structured and scholar I guess, something concrete and not all these informations given to you this way.
It was interesting, but not necessary.

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SundayAtDusk
Some books about writing by authors, including those who teach writing, are sometimes more memoir that writing exercises. I personally prefer those books; although, from reading reviews online, it’s obvious others feel cheated if there is not a lot of discussion about techniques or a lot of exercises. This book by Lee Martin should please both interest groups.

Even though it’s lighter on memoir, there is enough about Mr. Martin’s life to give the reader a good picture of where he came from and h
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Diane Hernandez
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Practical ideas for improving your writing.

Telling Stories covers most areas of writing short fiction, novels and memoirs. It has sections on structure, characterization, detail, point of view, language and revision. It also has a short section on the writing life, which includes how to start writing and defeat writer's block.

The author uses many quotes from contemporary fiction to show rather than just tell the reader how the skills he is discussing are used. Since the author is a creative wri
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sarah  morgan
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent resource for writers of all genres. I found Martin's prompts to be different from others I've read and found them quite inspiring. Example of a short story prompt:
"Open a [short] story with a line something like this: 'I was cutting wheat when Burton Quick came to tell me [fill in the rest of the line however you'd like.]' Something in the first line signals that the story is opening in the midst of something that will make this day unlike any other in our narrator's life."

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