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Keystone, Notes For Apprentice Authors
by Charles A. Taormina   

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Publisher:  The Renaissance Workshop, c/o Type: 


Copyright:  Dec 20 1999

E-book (PDF). An advanced guide for serious writers and readers, focused on contemporary literature and the arts.

This is that sort of “how-to” text which is not a how-to book. The author, Taormina, has put together an unconventional assortment of focused notes, journal entries, letters (from a stint as magazine editor), maxims, creative or didactic essays, lists of books, and enough insights to make a “larger-than-life” manual… one that is non-linear, and with such design, actually assists or enables Apprentice Authors and serious readers, as the title suggests.

Writer’s suggestions, from Taormina’s section, “Preferred Lists”:

Each year read Strunk & White’s “The Elements of Style.”
Change your desk dictionary from time to time.
Besides your computer, use other sophisticated tools for writing… such as a pen.
Re-copy in longhand, several times, passages from your favorite author’s prose (as painter apprentices copy the Masters).
Learn Europe’s production secret: each day, every day write 10 pages (30 days = 300 pg. novel or completed book).
Tape-record your writing and listen to it through several moods.
Enjoy Poetry.

“KEYSTONE” discusses story idea and execution, language, novels, drama, experimental forms, and renaissance concepts. Notes come from over 20 years of authorship. Book is concise and substantial, brief yet thorough—to assist an apprentice author into his or her own mastery of writing. 75 pages, single-spaced, 8x11, all text, no interactive or links, polished, professional work; author of novels, plays, three books of short stories, nominated national literary prize. Taormina listed, “Who’s Who In The World (1999).
From the Introduction: “In my grandest revelries with the creation of art, always there has been a very self-conscious knowledge, that what is of substance in the work, proceeds not from me, or others, or some one person—but is given to, illuminated for us. To become prepared, with craft and insight and energy, for the molding of inspiration into Art, is a grand, frightening, and necessary life project.”

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