Tell It Slant Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction (KINDLE)
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Of The Forms Also Take the forms also take of electronic communication Some of the forms the authors cover are the lyric essay the collage essay the hermit crab essay and the blog These chapters encourage you to think creatively and explore how a new form might invigorate your writing The third part Honing Your Craft deals with the latter stages of the writing process such as revision Miller and Paola strongly advocate establishing a writing community for the mutual sharing and review of work in progress The myth of the lonely isolated artist is ultimately not a productive or desirable example to emulate Groups are effective and yet can present challenges in maintaining productivity and providing truly constructive feedback The authors therefore provide many suggestions for making groups effective nurturing communities as well as cautionary points on avoiding the pitfalls to which groups can be prone Anyone interested in publishing will find this third portion of the book to be an excellent resource Again as writers Miller and Paola have many valuable insights to offer based on their years of experience On a practical note they discuss different publication venues and some of the ins and outs of the industry that aspiring
writers would likely be unaware of They also provide a helpful list of resources and both print and would likely be unaware of They also provide a helpful list of resources and both print and journals so that after reading this book you d have some concrete ideas on what to do next and how to find a home for your writing Overall this would be a great book for anyone interested in exploring creative nonfiction even if publication isn t a goal If one does wish to look into publication however as mentioned this is addressed This would also be a great resource for teachers While the writers teach whole courses devoted to creative nonfiction even if your course were of an introductory writing course with just a unit or so devoted to personal writing there s a lot of material in this book that would be very helpful Great and helpful reference I used this book in my nonfiction classes at Wilkes Let me say I m still using this book three years later to refer to because the information in Tell It Slant must always be at my fingertips to refer to to ingest to get to penetrate in my head Nonfiction is such a special genre that I want to give my readers my best writing This book helps me reveal the creativity locked up inside my brain I read a chapter here and there usually before bedtime or while eating breakfast throughout the 12 weeks of a creative nonfiction writing workshop I took this spring I didn t read much of the anthology of essays at the end but I m glad I was able to find a used copy at Powells that had them newer editions have removed the essays because they helped illuminate the authors points in the main chapters and were interesting and well written I wasn t overly impressed with this book but I will say it has given me a list of other great authors to read This is a very heavily researched book and you really could take each chapter as a small book in itself Some great writing tips and tricks can be found within but you really have to take it chunk by chunk with this one If you are interested in writing it is a must read I m glad I read this book although I don t now how useful it would be to teach a very beginning writer It s written for someone new to the genre of creative nonfiction but often speaks in a register that s a little too advanced I felt The structure of it is a little strange and it wasn t always as straightforward or as clear as I would have liked but there is still tons of helpful ideas I found and I was very glad to have read it It includes an anthology of creative nonfiction essays of various inds and I liked the selection. T in innovative ways There are many books available in the writingreference section for poetry and fiction writers and Tell It Slant will finally fill that empty niche for aspiring non fiction write.
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Should Allow The Writer To Use Fictional Elements Miller Andallow writer to use fictional elements Miller and show the argument as fiction vs creative nonfiction when they should show it as fiction vs nonfiction When a memoir is labeled nonfiction I believe it should be true to reality as much as is remembered and then true to perception In this case the author may be the only one who nows that he was true to his memory and to reality I found this to be good advice Miller and Paola give some helpful advice about revising Read the piece aloud and see if the prose has momentum When does it lag and become plodding Those are the sections that probably haven t been refined enough I love how helpful this book is for writing any genre So many great tips and tricks in these pages This is a great book and if you look for it try for the earlier edition with the anthology in the back The most recent edition took the essays out and that makes no sense Why read about how to write creative nonfiction and not immediately have an exampleAt this point I have read most of the book in a class I am auditing and need to return it to the library I borrowed it from I will be on the hunt for my own copy because this is a eeper and I can see myself returning to it for a refresher and new ideasThe most useful chapter for me this time around was the one about how to write about family Great advice practical suggestions I could make use of right awayI m going to put all my marks behind a spoiler tagview spoilerWhen you set about writing creative nonfiction you must bring to this endeavor a strong voice and a singular vision Th Writing something let alone publishing it can seem like an impossible goal Tell It Slant approaches writing creative nonfiction in a way I would callcomforting Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola are both writing teachers and accomplished writers themselves They offer not only advice but their own experience with writing their own creative texts and also their own insights in a way that makes successful writing seem within reach They emphasize the insights anyone can develop from one s own life and how these can be crafted into stories that resonate with others The book is subtitled Creating Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction which is essentially the organizational pattern of the material The first part Unearthing Your Material the creating part includes several chapters focused on introspection into our pasts and observations of the world around us all of which can provide potential material for essays and stories even though we may initially consider what we ve experienced and observed to be mundane and uninteresting These chapters and nearly all the chapters in the book end with a variety of writing prompts based on the chapter s material These are creative and numerous enough that anyone could find something that clicks something you can imagine yourself writing pages on It seems so much of the difficulty of writing is simply writing just overcoming procrastination and mental roadblocks and setting pen to
Paper So These Prompts Are A Valuable Resource For Motivationso these prompts are a valuable resource for motivation idea generation Once you have some idea of your content you can think about what form that content might take What form would best convey the content and allow it to really speak to readers This is the concern of the chapters in the second part The Many Forms of Creative Nonfiction I was amazed by all the possibilities especially by how meld. E truth but tell it slant Tailoring the book to writers looking for intensive writing instruction and an abundance of writing exercises the authors teach writers to generate new material and shape ,
I loved this book so much I m going to hunt down the first edition which has twice as many pages and read that too I bought this book because it reviewed well on com It was a mistake This book is for people who do not now anything about writing and who think for a second Maybe I ll write a book perhaps because they ve lived through some trauma The premise for my complaints is this The book was overly simplistic and it attempted to provide motivation Overly simplistic A metaphor is a way at getting at a truth that exists beyond the literal This is the first chapter which then goes on to describe in five separate sections the five senses Motivation Miller and Paola give ideas of things to write about like to write about your earliest memory It s important for you as a writer particularly a nonfiction writer to think through what is different and important in your world and what historical events formed the canvas for the fine brushstrokes of your own life Why would anyone attempt to write a creative nonfiction piece if they have nothing to say if they have to consider the things in their life they could possibly write about I can only conclude that the anticipated audience here is high school and college students who have to write for a reuired course That being said I could see the book being helpful to someone who is a complete beginner to writing or who needs some basic help for a writing courseAnnie Dillard s The Writing Life is referenced a fair amount and that the authors liked this book should have been an indication for me that I was again reading the wrong book The most fascinating aspect of this book occurs in chapter eight The Particular Challenges of Creative Nonfiction Miller and Paola ask Does nonfiction mean no fiction and soon after have a section called The Permutations of Truth Fact Verses Fiction They explain the basic argument that some believe creative nonfiction should be entirely factual while others believe the word creative allows it to be as fictional as the writer decides as long as it is someone tied to something that happened to the writer in reality It s a valid argument and one that has been going on in the literary world for some time When Oprah and many other readers of A Million Little Pieces discovered that the author who had published his book as a memoir had not had many of the experiences he wrote about in first person they felt outraged and betrayed Miller and Paola make an excellent point explaining that as a creative nonfiction writer you should cue the reader in by making it clear what is fiction and nonfiction Once you set the terms of the discussion once you situate the reader in that boundary zone between fact and fiction then you most likely will be free to go wherever you wish
This Is Solid Advice Allowingis solid advice allowing writer to write nonfiction with fictional elements while not betraying the trust of their readers Another option of course would be to publish your work as fiction although it has both fictional and nonfictional elements I believe this would allow greater freedom Miller and Paola note with criticism that works published as fiction with nonfiction elements receive none of the scrutiny of the opposite works published as nonfiction with fictional elements I believe that fiction functions like a dominant trait and once it s added to the mix it s colors take over There is a section in chapter eight called Emotional Truth Versus Factual Truth that illustrates the slippery slope in memoir writing The authors are not referring to perception when they use the term emotional truth but rather being true to the emotion that memories hold If a memoir writer remembers feeling shock and sorrow at a funeral the emotion of shock and sorrow will be held to but not necessarily the factual truth such as what the casket look. Tell It Slant introduces explores and teaches the art of writing creative nonfiction from the memoir to investigative reporting The book's title alludes to a popular Emily Dickinson poem Tell all th.