Where do writers learn their best moves? They use a technique that Roy Peter Clark calls X-ray reading, a form of reading that lets you penetrate beyond the surface of a text to see how meaning is actually being made. In The Art of X-Ray Reading, Clark invites you to don your X-ray reading glasses and join him on a guided tour through some of the most exquisite and masterful literary works of all time, from The Great Gatsby to Lolita to The Bluest Eye and many more.
"So Good I Bought the Print Version"
This volume of short essays and other pieces by C. S. Lewis is part of a larger collection, C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces. In addition to his many books, letters, and poems, C. S. Lewis wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defense of faith but also on ethical issues and the nature of literature and storytelling. Within these pages is a treasure trove of Lewis' reflections on diverse topics.
"A Strategy for Collecting Lewis Essays on Audio"
Ayn Rand discusses how a writer combines abstract ideas with concrete action and description to achieve a unity of theme, plot, characterization, and style, the four essential elements of fiction. Here, too, are Rand's illuminating analyses of passages from famous writers, rewrites of scenes from her own works, and fascinating rules for building dramatic plots and characters with depth.
"Get Stein on Writing"
After you listen to this audiobook, writer’s block will be a thing of the past! Do you often find yourself struggling to write? This book will teach you the correct writing habits you need to sit down and write thousands of words at a time. The only difference between you and those massively successful authors are the writing habits and routines they have set for themselves. Three thousand words is a goal, not the limit.
"Kind of shallow"
"Writing is spooky," according to Norman Mailer. "There is no routine of an office to keep you going, only the blank page each morning, and you never know where your words are coming from, those divine words." In The Spooky Art, Mailer discusses with signature candor the rewards and trials of the writing life, and recommends the tools to navigate it. Addressing the listener in a conversational tone, he draws on the best of more than fifty years of his own criticism, advice, and detailed observations about the writer's craft.
This weekend workshop, recorded live, is a primer on writing the modern memoir, which, unlike your grandmother's memoir, can be written at any age. Also, a memoir can be about just part of your life. "The more you are present, the more the past will come up and be alive," says Natalie. "Only right now can give you your past."
"For right brain writers, not left brain"
Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions, how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place."
"Excellent advice and examples for better writing."
This audiobook includes 36 poems about writing, art, and poetry, including poems about language; reading; writing; poetry; ars poetica; and art.
Most authors have the ambition of producing a best-selling Kindle book. However, most fall short of this worthy goal simply because their manuscript lacks the necessary ingredients for it to be a best seller on Kindle. In his gold mine of an audiobook, The Fine Art of Writing the Next Best Seller on Kindle, author Omar Johnson reveals the secret recipe and formula that will enable you to write the next best seller on Kindle.
"The Absolute Basics of Writing Anything on Kindle"
Every novelist dreams of it - writing the book that rockets to the top of the best-seller lists. Now, they can see how it's done, up close, in an audiobook by an agent who has sold manuscripts that turned into hits. Here Albert Zuckerman covers the essential elements of the blockbuster novel and shows writers how to put them to work in their books. Zuckerman covers the subject thoroughly, from creating outlines and building larger than life characters to injecting suspense and more.
New York Times best-selling author Jenna Blum has scored critical and commercial success with her novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers. One of Oprah’s Top Thirty Women’s Writers, Blum has also taught creative writing at Boston University and master novel workshops for Grub Street Writers. Here Blum shares insights into the writing process and offers listeners the most important aspects of succeeding as an author.
"One of the best writing how-to's I've ever read"
This expanded audio collection presents William Zinsser's On Writing Well, the classic teaching book that has sold more than 1 million copies, together with a new 90-minute section that tells you how to write a memoir.
"Zinsser lays out"
A musician, artist and producer, David Baroni has been writing songs professionally for over 30 years. Filled with humor, practical tips and the unique perspective gleaned from his international ministry, The Heart and The Art of Songwriting is sure to inspire you!
"This book has little to do with songwriting"
Rand takes listeners step by step through the writing process, providing insightful observations and invaluable techniques along the way. She discusses the psychological aspects of writing and the roles played by the conscious and subconscious mind. She talks about articles and books, explaining how to select a subject and theme, how to identify your audience, and how to write the first draft.
"Great Content, but the narrator is annoying"
Celebrate five years of Cityread London. This event brings together all four living writers whose books have been Cityread choices to date to discuss the joys and challenges of evoking our capital city - Sebastian Faulks with A Week in December, Louisa Young with My Dear I Wanted to Tell You, Ben Aaronovitch with Rivers of London, and Gillian Slovo with 2016's Cityread, Ten Days.
Sound advice from the author and other songwriters on what it takes to write more marketable, successful songs! This unique manual gives tips related to chords and chord progressions for all styles of songs: types of chords used in commercial and non-commercial songs, chord sequences, key modulations through the use of chord changes, simple and complex chord changes, open chords, barre chords, and much more!
"Tough without the book"
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.
"An Entertaining Conversation Between Writers"
A lovely discussion between Judith Jones and Alex Prud'homme on their new books, The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food and My Life in France (co-authored by Prud'homme with Julia Child). As a young editor at Knopf, Jones edited Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and a relationship blossomed between her and Child. Since then, Jones has worked with a glorious lineup of cookbook writers from Madhur Jaffrey to Marion Cunningham, and has become an editorial legend.
In this sequel to Creative Writing Career: Becoming a Writer of Movies, Video Games, and Books, Stephan and Justin continue to bring you industry advice as well as interviews with screenwriters, video game writers, and authors of books and comics. These writers' credits include such amazing titles as: Big Fish; Batman; Game of Thrones; The Crow; Divergent; Brave; Yesterday's Gone; Sandman Slim; Jurassic World; and many more!
"A well of knowledge"
Yes, this book is designed entirely to share those secrets that will inspire you to write that great song that you know you can! And once the creativity really starts flowing, we'll create great habits and write even more, each and every day. Get down to writing the music and the lyrics you know that you can because writer's block is a fantasy. You just need inspiration.
"great advice and ideas"