Monkeys with Typewriters: How to Write Fiction and Unlock the Secret Power of Stories

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Canongate Books, Sep 6, 2012 - Literary Collections - 496 pages
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Stories are everywhere... Exploring the great plots from Plato to The Matrix and from Tolstoy to Toy Story, this is a book for anyone who wants to unlock any narrative and learn to create their own. With startling and original insights into how we construct stories, this is a creative writing book like no other. It will show you how to read and write better.
 

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Contents

Introduction
Going to Bed with Aristotle
Tragedy and the Complex Plot
How to Turn a Fairy Tale into an Equation
The Eight Basic Plots
How to Have Ideas
Styles of Narration
Characterisation
Writing a Good Sentence
Beginning to Write a Novel
Blank Matrix
Notes
Bibliography
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About the author (2012)

Scarlett Thomas was born in London in 1972. Her other novels include PopCo, The End of Mr.Y which was longlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, and Our Tragic Universe. She teaches creative writing at the University of Kent.

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