Monkeys with Typewriters

How to Write Fiction and Unlock the Secret Power of Stories

Paperback, 488 pages

Published July 13, 2012 by Canongate UK.


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A manual for reading and writing better that explores the great plots from Plato to The Matrix and Tolstoy to Toy Story.

Broken into two sections: Part 1: Theory; and Part 2: Practice.

Part 1 discusses Plato and Aristotle, Tragedy and Plot, Fairy Stories, and the Eight Basic Plots. Part 2 covers getting ideas for your fiction, styles of narration, characterisation, how to write a good sentence and beginning to write your novel.

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