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by Lee Gutkind

Download Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction ePub
  • ISBN 0393065618
  • ISBN13 978-0393065619
  • Language English
  • Author Lee Gutkind
  • Publisher W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (March 17, 2008)
  • Pages 176
  • Formats azw mobi lrf lrf
  • Category Reference
  • Subcategory Writing Research and Publishing Guides
  • Size ePub 1831 kb
  • Size Fb2 1580 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 338

The one guide every creative nonfiction writer needs to turn to when being "creative."

Writers of memoir and narrative nonfiction are experiencing difficult days with the discovery that some well-known works in the genre contain exaggerations―or are partially fabricated. But what are the parameters of creative nonfiction? Keep It Real begins by defining creative nonfiction. Then it explores the flexibility of the form―the liberties and the boundaries that allow writers to be as truthful, factual, and artful as possible. A succinct but rich compendium of ideas, terms, and techniques, Keep It Real clarifies the ins and outs of writing creative nonfiction. Starting with acknowledgment of sources, running through fact-checking, metaphor, and navel gazing, and ending with writers' responsibilities to their subjects, this book provides all the information you need to write with verve while remaining true to your story.

Keep It Real", though not creative nonfiction itself, reads quickly, colorfully, and entertainingly, while remaining highly educational.

Keep It Real", though not creative nonfiction itself, reads quickly, colorfully, and entertainingly, while remaining highly educational. Read it, and get published someday.

Writers of memoir and narrative nonfiction are experiencing difficult.

Creative nonfiction (also known as literary nonfiction or narrative nonfiction or. .

Creative nonfiction (also known as literary nonfiction or narrative nonfiction or verfabula) is a genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives. Creative nonfiction contrasts with other nonfiction, such as academic or technical writing or journalism, which is also rooted in accurate fact but is not written to entertain based on prose style. The Art of Creative Nonfiction: Writing and Selling the Literature of Reality. Norton & Co. ISBN 978-0-393-06561-9.

Lee Gutkind is an American writer, speaker, and literary innovator, founder of the literary magazine Creative Nonfiction, the first and the largest literary journal to publish narrative/creative nonfiction exclusively.

This handy guide begins by defining creative nonfiction. Then it explores the flexibility of the form-the liberties and the boundaries that allow writers to be as truthful, factual, and artful as possible. A succinct but rich compendium of ideas, terms, and techniques, Keep It Real will clarify the ins and outs of writing creative nonfiction.

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Keep It Real begins by defining creative nonfiction. Then it explores the flexibility of the form―the liberties and the boundaries that allow writers to be as truthful, factual, and artful as possible. A succinct but rich compendium of ideas, terms, and techniques, Keep It Real clarifies the ins and outs of writing creative nonfiction.

The one guide every creative nonfiction writer needs to turn to when . But what are the parameters of creative nonfiction? Keep It Real begins by defining creative nonfiction

The one guide every creative nonfiction writer needs to turn to when being "creative  . But what are the parameters of creative nonfiction? Keep It Real begins by defining creative nonfiction.

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Iaiastta
Okay, so I'm not a writer. I don't even play one on TV. I'd LIKE to be a writer, but beyond a few stories, I'd like to tell, I possess no formalized tools (read: haven't taken any creative writing classes AND probably didn't pay enough attention in English 101 - much to my regret) to get those stories out.

That's why I liked "Keep it Real." Mr. Gutkind and his team of contributors have assembled several constructive articles regarding necessities for "Creative Nonfiction." Much of what they share moves beyond the Creative Nonfiction genre and can inform the work of the fiction writer.

While the order of the brief articles seemed random (they're alphabetical, dummy!) I frequently found myself underlining passages to which I would want to refer as I worked through future projects. Within a couple of days, I was back in the book, rereading an underscored passage or two.

As I rewrite something that was "perfect" before, as I mold a journal entry into a memoir piece, heck, even as I take notes for a possible idea, many of the tenets of "Keep it Real" guide my efforts and help make my efforts more succinct and efficient. I have license now to be more critical of my work:

"Take a highlighter and yellow in the scenes. If half your essay, more or less, is not glaring and blaring back at you in yellow (I use green), that's a red flag, a warning that your essay may not be infused with enough narrative to compel a reader onward." (page 141) That one piece of advice is more than worth the price of admission for me.

Perhaps this is not the volume for a student in an MFA program or for someone who is studying writing in a formal program. But for someone with a story to tell who is looking for tips and coaching about how to tell it, this book deserves an easily accessible place on the shelf. You'll be referring to it often.
Flamekiller
I strongly recommend "Keep It Real", an anthology of essays by various experts on how to write Creative Nonfiction. The book details every conceivable writing tool needed for the writer of this nouveau literary genre. Lee Gutkind, the editor, is the purported grandfather of Creative Nonfiction.

Originally, I adjudged Creative Nonfiction as an embellishment--inserting fictional facts with flamboyant color into an otherwise true story to round out its rough edges and instill it with vivid life. I viewed this strange new genre as a stretching of truth into virtual fiction.

"Keep It Real" set me straight. Its integrity as nonfiction remains intact. This new genre awakens the dry experience of Journalism, as depicted by publications like the "The New York Times", by inserting emotion and color into lifeless facts. It maintains accurate prose about real people and events, while painting dry facts with drama and imagination. The nonfiction writer, as a factual reporter, enters inside the mind of the protagonist, not through fictional embellishment or psychic guesswork, but through true depictions of that person's actions, expressions, and words. Likewise, the writer can be an interactive character in the story with the license to express his own personal thoughts, feelings, and perceptions through a depiction of his own behavior and reactions. The story reads like lively fiction, but tells the truth.

My memoir-in-progress, which I had initially labeled Nonfiction Narrative, is really Creative Nonfiction.

A potpourri of essayists, each allocated their own chapter in "Keep It Real", covers the elements of composite characters, quote compression and restatement, frames, characterization, immersion into another's point of view, fact-checking, libelous issues, and etc., including etc. about etc.

"Keep It Real", though not creative nonfiction itself, reads quickly, colorfully, and entertainingly, while remaining highly educational. Only 160 pages, the soft paper and font size are an easy read for the impatient author, like me, eager to learn the genre's craft quickly.

Read it, and get published someday.
Maucage
I had read some articles by Gutkind in his journal Creative Nonfiction and was excited to see a book that included some of the most valuable selections from previous issues of the journal. As a writer new to this field, I found the chapters extremely helpful and have already been able to apply some of the concepts (mostly concerning research) to my own writing. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is just getting his or her feet wet with this genre, and I think it would also be beneficial as a refresher for those who have been working with this type of writing for some time.
Nidora
This book is so well written. And the chapters are all short and easy to understand but packed full of information. A lot of fiction writers, skilled in all the aspects of fiction which enables them to grab a reader and keep them turning pages are now writing nonfiction due to the call for ghostwriters from the general public, especially to ghostwrite memoirs. I recommend that any fiction writers considering that type of work as a freelancer reads this book.