From Where You Dream

From Where You Dream

The Process of Writing Fiction

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
A direct view into the mind and craft of a literary master is offered in a collection of edited transcripts of the author's thought-provoking lectures that reimagine the process of writing as emotional rather than intellectual.

Book News
Butler's nine novels and three volumes of short fiction, including A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain should be credentials enough to justify this text, but he has also been teaching graduate-level fiction writing for a while at Florida State U. One of his students, Burroway, had the great good sense to take copious notes and transcribe them, creating a paper version of the challenging lectures and ideas Butler's students endure and enjoy. According to Burroway Butler works not so much from theories of imagination and creation as from the intuitive, which he call's the writer's "dreamspace." Finding that space, mining it, and working with the ore constitutes the majority of the teaching, although Butler does give valuable ideas about editing for structure rather than sentence by sentence, using the notions behind cinema in writing, and getting in touch with an inner storyteller. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780802117953
Branch Call Number: 808.3 Butler 2005
Characteristics: 269 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Burroway, Janet


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