Method and Madness
The Making of a Story: A Guide to Writing Fiction
More readings by a more diverse range of writers
Method and Madness has a wealth of readings—nearly 40 in all. With work from emerging writers like Junot Díaz, Stacey Richter, and ZZ Packer, along with classics from writers like Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, and Tim O’Brien, the book includes readings that every fiction teacher will love.
Imaginative and practical writing exercises
Over 50 exercises encourage students to flex their writing skills and creativity, guided by the clear direction of a master teacher. Examples of student responses follow each exercise.
A chapter on getting published
Concise, step-by-step instructions help new writers begin to navigate the world of literary publishing. LaPlante, an experienced writer herself, shares her tips on everything from targeting literary journals to preparing and sending a manuscript. The chapter also includes detailed references to publishing resources and literary publications.continue reading »
Great value for students
Method and Madness offers comprehensive coverage, down-to-earth advice—at an affordable price.