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Making a Life as a Fiction Writer

Lecture no. 24 from the course: Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

Making a Life as a Fiction Writer

Taught by Professor James Hynes | 34 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

You might have a mental image of the writer as a solitary genius toiling away in an ivory tower. But writers today must be adept at both the crafting of words and the business of publishing. To conclude this course, Professor Hynes surveys the publishing landscape today and gives advice for making the leap from hobbyist to professional.

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s********m
December 11, 2016
His style is dry, approachable and thrillingly thorough, evidence of a mind that notices and cares for detail, comprehensiveness and craft. Professor Hynes covers familiar ground--character, plot, story, structure, POV, research--but at an actionable and powerful level of detail, like his nuanced discussion of multiple flavors of third vs. first person and what each choice allows and prohibits in the reader experience, each point buttressed by examples from the canon. Politically, if politics can be said to apply to the literary vs. genre divide, he bridges that divide with grace, mentioning Tolkien and G.R.R.Martin as often as he does Austen and Melville. It's a bit odd to do this, let alone admit it, I suppose, but I listened to his lectures while sewing a couture quilted jacket in the French style, and found myself drawing many analogies to the care one must take for a glorious and rich final outcome, whether in perfectly fitted French jackets or ground-breaking science fiction novels of literary merit, and the many ways in which one can take care in writing and editing work as pointed out by Professor Hynes. I find myself both humbled--by all I did not know--and emboldened--by all he shared-- to bring new thinking to my next novel.

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