Writers Who Read
#35

7 November 2021

Agenda



  • Why We're Here

  • Literary Forensics
  •     - What do I bring?
  •     - What do I feel?
  •     - What do I notice?
  •     - What do I want to learn?

  • 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 want to learn?

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Introductions

What do I bring
to this book?

Today's author: Martin Amis

  • Born: 1949; Educated: Oxford; Lives: Brooklyn

  • 15 Novels
  • 7 Story Collections
  • 2 Screenplays
  • 8 Non-fiction works

  • Kingsley/Martin - Father/Son writers very rare (exception: Alexandre Dumas)

  • Amis on Art Novel vs. Life Novel
  • - DH Lawrence started writing about real people
    - Saul Bellow did it best?
  • "Life writing is an unsatisfying genre"
  • "Writing fiction in my definition is freedom; once you confine yourself to your own life,
    then there's a horrible restriction on your freedom."

"The novel is not a cri de coeur,
but a mea culpa"
- Martin Amis

"Because novels come from long-marinated and unregarded anxiety, from silent anxiety..."
- Inside Story: I. Ethics and Morals

"The book in your hands calls itself a novel
– and it is a novel, I maintain."
             Martin Amis, Inside Story

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

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 want to learn?

What do I notice?


  •    • Language and Grammar

  •    • Context

  •    • Point of view

  •    • Character & character development

  •    • Horizontal structure

  •    • Pacing

  •    • Layering of themes

  •    • Overall effect

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Inside Story - Stats

  • Marketing: Dark Humor, Comedic Dramas & Plays, Biographical Fiction
  • Genre: Realistic Modern-Day Archplot Long-Form
  • Print Pages: 560
  • Word count: 196,401; Avg. wds/sent.: 14.31
  • Reading Level: Grade 9; Lexical Density: 48.77
  • Flesch Reading Ease: 67.12

  • POV: Martin; 1st & 3rd person

  • Publish date: October 27, 2020
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • Sold By: Penguin / Random House
  • Audio book narr.: Alex Jennings (23 hrs)

  • It's a narrative . . .

    No, it's an instructional manual . . .

    Wait, it's both!



Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Writers Who Read: Coming Up

December 5: Deacon King Kong - James McBride (USA, 2020)

2022 selections coming soon!




Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

Contact Gary: hello@garyalanmcbride.com
Literary Forensics Resources

Happy
Sleuthing!