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Writer's Handbook: Explorations in Writing and Publishing

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener has written about everything from the pristine islands of the South Pacific and the endless wilds of Africa to Spanish bullfighters, American revolutionaries, and pirates of the Caribbean. Now Michener turns to his favorite and most personal subject: the written word. Reproducing pages from his own handwritten rough drafts an ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Dial Press (first published August 25th 1992)
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Ed
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating look at the writing and publishing process. I had read Alaska and Journey and The World Is My Home prior to this book, which is a must. Michener uses actual original pages of his writings and subsequent edits to make his points.

I have a number of "Uncorrected Proofs" of Michener books, but until now I did not understand their place in the process. I was able to look at the proof of The World Is My Home and compare it to the finished book to see the changes that were made
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Apryl Anderson
I adore James Michener's work. With that in mind, I was disappointed in this fine example of 1990s coffee table book for aspiring writers (and Michener fangirls). Yes, it was quite telling to see the steps from writing to publishing all laid out before us. If we needed a reminder as to why so much editing is required through the process, here 'tis. No, it's not engaging. BUT the real gold is worth the panning, so "Questions Most Frequently Asked by Would-be Writers" is a worthy nugget for those ...more
John Zeleznik
The one walk away that I come away with having read this book is that Michener was a madman. A fascinating look at process.
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Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
The last chapter Q&A was the most useful part of the book in my opinion. It was interesting to see his process for creating some many massive historical fiction books though.
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James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi-generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled after a particular geographical region. His first novel, Tales of the South Pacific , which inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Toward the end of his life, he created the Journey Prize, awarded annually for t
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