You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing by Lee Gutkind

By Lee Gutkind

From rags-to-riches-to-rags tell-alls to non-public well-being sagas to literary journalism every body turns out to wish to attempt their hand at artistic nonfiction. Now, Lee Gutkind, the go-to professional for all issues artistic nonfiction, faucets into one of many fastest-growing genres with this new writing consultant. Frank and to-the-point, with intensity and readability, Gutkind describes and illustrates every point of the style, from defining an idea and setting up a writing method to the ultimate product. providing new methods of knowing style and important instruments for writers to benefit and scan with, You Can’t Make these things Up permits writers of all ability degrees to entirely extend and stylize their paintings.

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But Alex Heard, a veteran magazine editor who once worked with Sedaris, thought that some of Sedaris’s stories seemed far-fetched, that his characters were conveniently eccentric—perfect to write about—and that the dialogue was sometimes too precious and perfect to believe. So Heard fact-checked many classic moments in Sedaris’s books and wrote a three-part article about what he found out, which was published in 2007 in the New Republic. Heard retraced Sedaris’s childhood, from which much of Sedaris’s classic work emerged, and he interviewed his relatives and friends, including Sedaris himself.

This is what creative nonfiction is all about—the basic, anchoring elements, whether it is personal essay, intense immersion, lyric essay, memoir, whatever subcategory you may want to label it. In the end, creative nonfiction means true stories, well told. That is what I intend to do—and exactly what I intend to help motivate you to do. I work hard to help you along. There are two basic approaches to creative nonfiction—memoir/personal essay and immersion nonfiction. I have designed a series of exercises that will help you write one example of each kind of creative nonfiction.

In the moment I had no idea why he was acting so crazily—but then it hit me. ” I was embarrassed to be presented to the world in that context—in Vanity Fair, with its more than a million readers (1,157,653 in 1997), to the chic literati, the movers and shakers, so to speak. That’s why I’d been so out of sorts that day. The article was an ambush; neither Wolcott nor Vanity Fair had interviewed or contacted me. A former student had discovered it the night before my elevator encounter with Dobler while she was browsing through the new magazines at a supermarket checkout counter.

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