Off the Page

Off the Page

Writers Talk About Beginnings, Endings, and Everything in Between

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
An evaluation of the writing process as revealed by such top authors as A. S. Byatt, E. L. Doctorow, and Alice McDermott offers insight into how they approach a new writing project, the sources of their inspirations, and the role of place in influencing a story. Original. 15,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
A guide where today’s best writers reveal their secrets.
How do writers approach a new novel? Do they start with plot, character, or theme? A. S. Byatt starts with color. E. L. Doctorow begins with an image. In Off the Page, authors tell us how they work, giving insight into their writing process. Gathered from some of today’s best writers—Paul Auster, Martin Amis, Gish Jen, Dan Chaon, Alice McDermott, and many others interviewed on’s “Off the Page” series—host Carole Burns has woven their wisdom into chapters illuminating to any writer or reader. How does place influence authors? How do they make a sex scene work? How do they tell when the work is done? Walter Mosley defying genre; Shirley Hazzard on love; Michael Cunningham on compassion: these and more from Richard Ford, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Charles Baxter will deepen your appreciation for the art of writing and excite you to try new ways of writing yourself.

Publisher: W. W. Norton, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393330885
Characteristics: p. ; cm


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