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Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Highsmith
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Suspense, like other genre fiction, is often assumed to be inferior in quality to more "serious" fiction. A suspense story can be every bit as well-wrought as any other, argues Patricia Highsmith in Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction. To show how, Highsmith focuses as much on her failures as on her successes. Amid discussions about growing ideas, story development, plotting, first and second drafts, and revisions are anecdotes from Highsmith's own career. Highsmith (Strangers on a Train) admits to editing with crayon (doing so "gives one the proper cavalier attitude"), napping on the job (it helps solve problems), and having written one "really dull" book. Though this book is slim, there are some lovely thoughts on such issues as creating a murderer-hero with "pleasant qualities," "stretch[ing] the reader's credulity," and using "as much care in depicting the face and appearance of ... main characters" as a painter would with a portrait. --Jane Steinberg

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"[This book offers] sensible, good-humored, and practical advice from a distinguished mystery writer. Much of what [Highsmith] says about novels can be applied to short stories."—Damon Knight

"[Highsmith] is no more a practitioner of the murder mystery genre than are Dostoevsky, Faulkner, and Camus."—Joan Smith, The Los Angeles Times

"For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith."—Time

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Nice idea, nice book. 15. April 2009
Von nolana
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
I bought the book not for private purposes but for a piece of work I had to write for school. Creative writing is an important hobby of mine and I was not sure what to think of someone telling you how to manage the process of writing - a creative process, after all.
But this book surprised me in a positive way. Partricia Highsmith only gives advices accoring the approach of writing and she never states any "rule" regarding how to create suspense fiction. And yes: that does help! Because if there were any clear assingnments, the whole project of writing wouldn't make sense anymore.
I enjoyed reading it, because I really felt like an author. Patricia Highsmith doesn't present herself as a teacher, no. She only has lotsof very good tipps for you!
For school tasks, the book can definitely be recommended.
Why not five stars? Well, in my opinion writing is no subject that can be taught. I think (and know) you can write (suspense fiction) without a guide. But if you want one: this book will help you! (Not only for detective stories, by the way.)
PS: Sorry for the language, English is not my mother tounge..
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ripley's Mutti plaudert aus der Schule 11. Mai 2011
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Ripley's Mutti plaudert aus der Schule

Natürlich, wer ein Buch schreiben will, der sollte sich zuvor Gedanken darüber machen, wie das eigentlich so läuft mit dem Schreiben, dem Plotten und dem Erzählen überhaupt.

Scrollt man durch die einschlägigen Foren und Blogs, oder mischt man sich unter die Teilnehmer irgendeines x-beliebigen Creative Writing Kurses, fallen dort immer dieselben Namen: Sol Stein, zum Beispiel, mit seinem zum Klassiker erklärten Werk "Über das Schreiben" oder auch schon mal Albert Zuckerman's "Wie verfasst man einen Bestsellerroman".

Sol Stein ist als Romancier zumindest im deutschen Sprachraum jedenfalls längst vergessen.
Zwei Namen hört man angesichts des Themas "Schreiben ' Do it yourself" erstaunlicherweise so gut wie nie.
Der eine ist Raymond Chandler, der mit seinem längeren Essay "The simple Art of Murder" immerhin die Regeln für ein ganzes Genre, nämlich,den hard boiled Kriminalroman festlegte. Und: Patricia Highsmith, die mit "Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction" eine der wenigen Großen des Autorengewerbes darstellt, die sich noch zu Lebzeiten bereit fanden, dem Publikum einen Blick in ihre Werkstatt zu ermöglichen.
Vielleicht liegt die relative Unkenntnis über dieses Büchlein nur daran, dass es wohl seit längerem in deutscher Sprache nicht mehr aufgelegt worden ist. An seiner Qualität kann es jedenfalls nicht liegen. Denn die ist über jeden Verdacht erhaben.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Insiteful in more ways than one 6. Juli 2000
Von Maginot
Format:Taschenbuch
I read this book after experiencing a couple of Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley novels. Since I liked her mysteries so much I thought this book would provide interesting insite into the mind and technique of the author, which it did. In terms of revealing the brain child behind the Ripley books it was quite revealing.
ALthough I am not a professional writer of fiction, I found the advice in this book interesting and helpful because it was suplemented with real life examples. Highsmith fills this book with examples of what she did right and what she did wrong throughout her career. She explains the general--and fairly sensible--principles that guide her writing as well as the little details that can enhance or ruin a novel. If I were an aspiring author, I think I would derive useful and interesting information from this book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good Ð but is it necessary? 25. April 2000
Von Nick King
Format:Taschenbuch
I always query these "how to write..." books, because everything they tell you is taken for granted by the most mediocre authors. This book is well written and everything in it seems very sensible and sound advice, but wouldn't it be better to be original and devise your own method of plotting, rather than writing to someone elses formula.
If you are completely clueless, by all means, this book is worth-your-while, but for the more serious 'authorial' hopefuls Ð try something of your own devising, it will be better in the end.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting and entertaining 8. Mai 2004
Von Suspense Fan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm glad I bought this book. As an author of suspense myself, I found it very worthwhile. It won't teach you how to write--but I've found no book can really do that. In the same vein as Stephen Kings book On Writing, it is more an account about how this highly successful author developed her craft over the years, her successes and failures. If you want a how to guide you would be better off with another title. It also enhances the enjoyment of this book if the reader is familiar with Highsmith's books. I found it interesting to know where she got her ideas and how she developed a small incident into a novel.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen For the Highsmith fans 25. August 2000
Von "pure-swallow" - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I enjoyed a few of Highsmith's novels and short stories, and was impressed enough to become curious about how the author came up with her detailed insights into the psychology of the likable criminal. Common sense told me it was observation - but I still wanted to find out from the horse's mouth so to speak.
While I found it interesting to read about Highsmith looking back at the circumstances under which she wrote, I felt that Highsmith herself was not whole-heartedly interested, or confident about writing about her particular process of writing. It was mildly irritating that she apologised several times (usually at the beginning of a chapter) for having the audacity to presume to write about how to write. Fair enough: it is wise not to assume you speak for everyone or be totally pompous about it (like Sol Stein, ugh) but still, by the time a reader picks up a book like this, they really WANT to know how that particular author writes. I also felt that there was a fair amount of distance between the time she analysed her process, and the time she actually wrote her stories, so the book lacks the intricacy that one gets from reading a more immediate record.
However, there were some useful and interesting bits, especially Highsmith's opinions on thickening the plot, and the use of coincidence. It would help very much to have read her work widely as she quotes from some of them and uses the Glass Cell as a case study.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen How She Did It 26. Mai 2002
Von Sebastien Pharand - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
In her introduciton to Plotting and Writing Suspense, prolific suspense author Patricia Highsmith tells us that this will not be a how-to book, but a book that collects her own ideas and thoughts on the craft of writing. She isn't there to give us a grammar lesson. She wants to tell us how she does it and, hopefully, teach us a thing or two in the process.
It's great fun to read this legendary author's thoughts. After all, Highsmith has written some of the best novels of suspense; The Two Faces Of January, The Blunderer and, of course, The Talented Mr Ripley series. In this book, she collects her thoughts on the genre and on the process of writing. And she tells us quite bluntly that what worked for her as an author might not work for us. But I think that any author (or fan) could and will learn a thing or two from this author's lessons.
The best parts are when Highsmith takes her own books apart to show her readers that not even the established writer is safe from the typical mistakes most writers will make at one time or another. And if there is one thing that you'll come away with from reading this book is that writers (pros and beginners alike) have to learn to practice and practice and practice some more. Practice, according to Highsmith, does make better. And that is one lesson I will not forget.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Behind the Scenes at the Abbatoir 7. August 2003
Von Atar Hadari - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
A modestly written, terse, readable and nuts and bolts book about how plots come to be put together, how a writer makes a living (or doesn't) and how to tell the story. What I found most charming about this "How-To" book was that it wasn't chirpy, wasn't preachy, didn't have a whiff of unreality arising from its advice, and was eminently practical. The only crime writing manual so far that I have picked up, browsed in, bought, took home and actually finished reading from cover to cover (sometimes doing the reading on a bus, that's how gripping it is). Recommended.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Insiteful in more ways than one 6. Juli 2000
Von Maginot - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
I read this book after experiencing a couple of Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley novels. Since I liked her mysteries so much I thought this book would provide interesting insite into the mind and technique of the author, which it did. In terms of revealing the brain child behind the Ripley books it was quite revealing.
ALthough I am not a professional writer of fiction, I found the advice in this book interesting and helpful because it was suplemented with real life examples. Highsmith fills this book with examples of what she did right and what she did wrong throughout her career. She explains the general--and fairly sensible--principles that guide her writing as well as the little details that can enhance or ruin a novel. If I were an aspiring author, I think I would derive useful and interesting information from this book.
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