Write Like the Masters: Emulating the Best of Hemingway, Faulkner, Salinger, and Others

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Want To Find Your Voice? Learn from the Best.

Time and time again you've been told to find your own unique writing style, as if it were as simple as pulling it out of thin air. But finding your voice isn't easy, so where better to look than to the greatest writers of our time?

Write Like the Masters analyzes the writing styles of twenty-one great novelists, including Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, Franz Kafka, Flannery O'Connor, and Ray Bradbury. This fascinating and insightful guide shows you how to imitate the masters of literature and, in the process, learn advanced writing secrets to fire up your own work.

You'll discover:
  • Herman Melville's secrets for creating characters as memorable as Captain Ahab
  • How to master point of view with techniques from Fyodor Dostoevesky
  • Ways to pick up the pace by keeping your sentences lean like Ernest Hemingway
  • The importance of sensual details from James Bond creator Ian Fleming
  • How to add suspense to your story by following the lead of the master of horror, Stephen King

Whether you're working on a unique voice for your next novel or you're a composition student toying with different styles, this guide will help you gain insight into the work of the masters through the rhetorical technique of imitation. Filled with practical, easy-to-apply advice, Write Like the Masters is your key to understanding and using the proven techniques of history's greatest authors.

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William Cane has had a distinguished career as a professor of English at CUNY and Boston College, where he helped a generation of students improve their prose by imitating great writers. Cane is the author of six books. He is active on the college lecture circuit and has appeared on almost every major television talk show, including Today, The View, and CBS This Morning. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and many other publications.

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