Writers Who Read
#18

5 April 2020

Agenda



  • Why We're Here

  • Literary Forensics
  •     - What do I bring?
  •     - What do I feel?
  •     - What do I notice?
  •     - What do I study?

  • Next Month's Reading & Study


Why We're Here

We Writers want to improve our craft

by Reading like a Writer

through Literary Forensics training

we learn from each other

Roundtable Rules

Always refer back to the book

We practice active listening & serendipity

Every feeling and observation is valid...
but not every conclusion

Always refer back to the book

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I study?

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I study?

Introductions

What do I bring
to this book?

Today's author: Taffy Brodesser-Akner

  • New York Times staff profile writer

  • On Writing Fleishman

  • "I wrote the first 10 pages, and then I wrote the last 10 pages, and then I wrote everything in between. . . . Exactly the same, except it went from 3rd person to 1st person."

  • "First it was about dating . . . and then . . . it was really about marriage . . . and then it was really about divorce, which I didn't want to face for quite a while, and then I did."

  • "The book is like a profile . . . that I'm making up. And the hardest part of it was . . . to make people up and then have to observe them is to kind of deny what is so amazing about people which is that . . . they always contradict themselves, and are unpredictable. Whereas creating something is to create a series of predictable things.”

  • "We're in the likable character conversation . . . and I left that agent"

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Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I study?

What do I feel?

What in the book elicited that feeling?

Every feeling and observation is valid...
but every conclusion should be questioned

We practice serendipity
- nothing is too crazy

Always refer back to the book

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I study?

What do I notice?


  •    • Language and Grammar

  •    • Context

  •    • Point of view

  •    • Character & character development

  •    • Pacing

  •    • Horizontal structure

  •    • Layering of themes

  •    • Overall effect

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I study?

Fleishman is in Trouble - Stats

  • Marketing: Literary Satire Fiction
  • Genre: Realistic, Modern-Day, Arch-Plot Long-Form
  • Word count: 135,882
  • Print Pages: 376
  • Reading Level: 7th grade
  • POV: Libby

  • Publish date: June 18, 2019
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Sold By: Random House
  • Recognition: NYT bestseller, National Book Award longlist
  • TV: It's being turned into a 9-episode show on ABC Signature - Broadcast on FX

  • "Summon your witnesses" - Aeschylus
  • from Eumenides (Oresteia trilogy, part III)
  • Athena questions the furies — and thus reveals her wisdom not by knowing the facts, but by knowing how to accumulate the facts — and then sagely notes “With two parties here, that is only half the story.”

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I study?

Writers Who Read: Coming Up

May 3: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
(Poland, 2009, translated 2019 by Antonia Lloyd-Jones) - Olga Tokarczuk
June 7: Agent Running in the Field (England, 2019) - John le Carré


Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

Contact Gary: hello@garyalanmcbride.com
Literary Forensics Resources

Happy
Sleuthing!