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May 09, 2000
| ISBN 9780679763413
Apr 28, 2010
| ISBN 9780307554154
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May 09, 2000 | ISBN 9780679763413
Apr 28, 2010 | ISBN 9780307554154
In Advice to Writers, Jon Winokur, author of the bestselling The Portable Curmudgeon, gathers the counsel of more than four hundred celebrated authors in a treasury on the world of writing. Here are literary lions on everything from the passive voice to promotion and publicity: James Baldwin on the practiced illusion of effortless prose, Isaac Asimov on the despotic tendencies of editors, John Cheever on the perils of drink, Ivan Turgenev on matrimony and the Muse. Here, too, are the secrets behind the sleight-of-hand practiced by artists from Aristotle to Rita Mae Brown. Sagacious, inspiring, and entertaining, Advice to Writers is an essential volume for the writer in every reader.
Jon Winokur is the author of The Rich Are Different and the editor of The Portable Curmudgeon. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.
"Best advice I’ve ever received: Finish." –Peter Mayle"Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke." –F. Scott Fitzgerald "Make your characters want something right away even if it’s only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of modern life still have to drink water from time to time." –Kurt Vonnegut
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