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Nd rewriting rewriting rewritingThis book is absolutely stuffed to the gills with uotes and references it feels like a cosy gossip about people who you desperately admire and have always wanted to be friends with how Hemmingway wrote standing up apparently how authors feel about plot EM Forster passionately in favour Stephen King passionately against what authors are like to edit Fay Weldon apparently wonderfully willing to take criticism it s not in the book but an anecdote that I heard about Diana Wynne Jones was that her editor would tell her that certain sections needed to be changed Wynne Jones would dutifully cut

Out The Offending Parts 
the offending parts then paste them all back in exactly the same place and the editor would say it was much improved and accept itIf you love books and books about books then definitely read this one Brilliant Now I m going to read it again I don t think this book will actually teach you how to write like Tolstoy but it will help you get into Tolstoy s head just a little bit as well as the heads of several other famed authors ranging from Shakespeare to Vladimir Nabokov Cohen went through several old journals newspaper interviews and scholarly articles that these authors contributed to over the years and then took the time to painstakingly outline the sections where they specifically spoke on their craft He divided up their thoughts into the various chapters that comprise this book and some are better than others My favorite chapters were the ones on first sentences writing about sex obviously and the two part analysis on revising which any writer nows is THE MOST GOD AWFUL yet necessary process in the world The bits where Cohen goes into irony and rhythm were less interesting to me but depending on your style of writing or preferred genre of novel your mileage may vary I also have to add one bizarre thought If a book of this same vein is published a hundred years from now focusing on the writers of today and their techniues it ll probably be pulling uotes from their Twitter and Facebook accounts Zounds Imagine if Tolstoy had been on social media and War Peace was composed of a series of five million 140 character tweets Jeebus I m a fan of books about writing I can t explain why they fascinate me so much but they tend to make me less lonely as a writer The really good ones do anyway They remind me perseverance in writing can "heed staying results To write well you must first write badly etc So when a book "staying results To write well you must first write badly etc So when a book this comes along the title *was enough to hook me though this isn *enough to hook me though this isn a book about writing. N has researched the published works and private utterances of our greatest authors to discover the elements that made their prose memorable The result is a uniue exploration of the act and art of writing that enriches our experience of reading both the classics and the best modern fiction Evoking the marvelous the famous and the irreverent he reveals the challenges that even the greatest writers faced and shows us how they surmounted them  Advance praise for How to Write Like Tolstoy   “This book is a wry critical friend to both writer and reader It is filled with cogent examples and provoking statements You will agree or uarrel with each page and be a sharper writer and reader by the end” Hilary Mant. How to Write like Tolstoy A Journey into the Minds of Our Greatest WritersGood book to check Enjoyed reading it especially references to classics and who like to write like Tolstoy I d probably rate this a little higher not uite 35 especially for the range of examples it s not limited to Tolstoy the title is a wee misleading and topics irony plagiarism and prose reading The anecdotes do make it memorable and fun Still he doesn t give enough actionable advice unlike say John Gardner or Alice LaPlante I wasn t too sure what I was getting into with How to Write Like Tolstoy there is some degree of irony that it s difficult to judge books on writing until you ve actually read them Some readers may be relieved to now there isn t an over focus on Tolstoy per se but *A Useful Examination Of A Range Of *useful examination of a range of Cohen mostly focuses on literary fiction however I think the material is useful for all writers It was to my surprise but eventual glee that Cohen includes chapters on irony and sex scenes awkwardly going where many teachers don t dare I also have to confess that some of the topics went over my heard especially the section on rhythm I mean I get iambic pentameter but what exactly is a dactyl which is explained in text but I struggle with In short How to Write Like Tolstoy might not stand out with flashy promises but is probably one of the thorough and engaging books on writing I ve read 22 Sept 2015 okay Goodreads I ve marked this book tbr When it is released in May 2016 I want an email from you to tell me it s out You wanna give me a link to buy the book on and I will not complain at all Please can this be a feature I can have22 Oct 2016 reuested via library My attitude to this work is uite ambivalent On the one hand it provides the reader with a potpourri of uotes and provocative statements from authors editors and critics collected under 12 chapters 11 actually since there are two chapters on Vision and Revision dealing with different aspects on writing Lots of insights At the same time the excerpts are often contradictory Lots of fun IronyThe title of this book suggests that by following the advice proffered within an aspiring writer might well result in ending up writing like Tolstoy Sounds impressive I would imagine the first step in learning to write like Tolstoy would be to learn Russian but there is no Russian grammar anywhere in the book Joke But on the other hand why would any aspiring writer want to write like Tolstoy when Tolstoy does such a good job of it himself Either way the book includes the suggestion that ultimately any writer should just get down and write Let. For anyone who has ever identified with a hero or heroine been seduced by a strong opening sentence or been powerfully moved by a story’s end How to Write Like Tolstoy is a thought provoking journey inside the minds of the world’s most accomplished storytellers from Shakespeare to Stephen King  “Great writers can be inhibiting and maybe after one has read a Scott Fitzgerald or Henry James one can’t escape imitat­ing them; but often such writers are inspiring” Richard Cohen  Behind every acclaimed work of literature is a trove of heartfelt decisions The best authors put painstaking sometimes obsessive effort into each element of their stories from plot and character development to dialogue and. The creative juices flow And ultimately YOU CAN RELY ON A GOOD can rely on a good to clean up any mistakes and put some polish on the finished productFor some writers editors are the unsung heroes of their works for others they are the devil incarnateBut even before one has to deal with editors one needs to get through to the publisher The Publishing House usually has its own style so there is no point in submitting writing that is not part of their style or output This book does show you what the editor s role is in general not in specifics but the writers uoted include many and varied writers juxtaposing all types of output serious light horror crime science fiction historical etc Obviously each type of writing uses different approaches Does a uote from a writer of one type of writing really relate to another type Yet here they are all willy nilly linked together On the one hand this can be very liberating and stimulating on the other hand it could stifle and discourage Take your pick I received a galley copy of this book for review I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book While the book is about how great literature is written rather than teaching a novice to write a chief way for anyone to begin to learn the craft to by reading great writers Cohen has experience as a long time editor and is well versed in classic and contemporary literature I was surprised and disappointed when I finished this book because I wanted This text could be considered for background reading with graduate work Rocketing up the charts to take SECOND PLACE in my all time favourite books about the love of literatureMy favourite remains Reading Like a Writer A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write ThemBoth books share something beautiful a shining love of reading writing and literature An infectious love which spills into your heart and a friendly style so that you feel all at once as if the author is your new best friend and you suddenly love everything that they love Francise Prose made me love Chekhov Richard Cohen might ve persuaded me to give Philip Roth another try and I ve been meaning to get round to Colette for agesThese two books should be read together Francine Prose takes you via the front door of literature lovingly displaying the finished art perfectly structured sentences paragraphs chapters Richard Cohen takes you through the back door and shows you the itchen and the authors sweating away at their work the troubles of writing sex scenes when and how to plagiarise what s a great opening the difficulty of finishing Point of view *  WHAT MADE NABOKOV CHOOSE THE NAME LOLITA WHY *What made Nabokov choose the name Lolita Why Fitzgerald use first person narration in  The Great Gatsby How did Kerouac who raged against revision finally come to revise  On the Road Veteran editor and teacher Richard Cohen draws on his vast reservoir of a lifetime’s reading and his insight into what makes good prose soar Here are Gabriel García Máruez’s thoughts on how to start a novel “In the first paragraph you solve most of the problems with your book”; Virginia Woolf offering her definition of style “It is all rhythm Once you get that you can’t use the wrong words”; and Vladimir Nabokov on the nature of fiction “All great novels are great fairy tales”   Cohe.

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