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Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Jan 23, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: kitchen-table-mfa, writing-craft
Read from January 29, 2010 to January 12, 2012

This book does so many things for me I may have to read over, and over, and over, bits and pieces all of the time. It is first a very practical book for a writer who needs practice. Indeed: exercises from this book sparked me into fiction writing, when I before had said that creative nonfiction was my only oeuvre.

It is second a beautiful book full of bright and sunny and thundering bits of Le Guin's personality. Much like Lamott's book, I feel that I am actually learning from her rather than just being preached to. And I am sharing in her favorite, favorites -- passages and quotes and literary devices.

It is third a very useful glossary of literary terms, only the ones Le Guin uses most often a few she makes up on her own, with the addition of an extremely practical grammar tutorial.

And it is fourth a book list, a reading guide, a key to appreciating great literature. I will be putting this down and picking up Thomas Hardy and Woolf's Jacob's Room and re-reading the middle of Jane Eyre and any number of other things. Chekov surely. And Le Guin!
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Reading Progress

01/29/2010 page 25
13.89% "I suspect my high school comp-lit teacher of knowing Le Guin; if not, they are kindred souls, taught themselves by same freshman teacher."
02/15/2010 page 58
32.22% "'Thunder Badger' from the Paiute has me ringing, &Woolf too: 'a sight, an emotion, creates this wave in the mind, long before it makes words"
03/08/2010 page 82
45.56% "reading hemingway and the chapter on person and tense together was a masterful (accidental, but) touch! fantastic confluence."

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