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By James A. Michener

Pulitzer Prize–winning writer James A. Michener has written approximately every little thing from the pristine islands of the South Pacific and the never-ending wilds of Africa to Spanish bullfighters, American revolutionaries, and pirates of the Caribbean. Now Michener turns to his favourite and so much own topic: the written notice. Reproducing pages from his personal handwritten tough drafts and dealing manuscripts, Michener walks the reader via a step by step consultant to the full strategy of writing, modifying, revising, and publishing. Addressing demanding situations particular to either fiction and nonfiction, all of the whereas offering considerate and worthwhile suggestions, James A. Michener’s Writer’s guide is a useful source for e-book enthusiasts, editors, and, after all, writers—aspiring and entire alike.
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“A grasp storyteller . . . Michener, by way of any criteria, is a phenomenon.”The Wall road Journal
“Sentence for sentence, writing’s quickest recognition grabber.”The ny Times
“Michener has turn into an establishment in the United States, rating someplace among Disneyland and the Library of Congress. You examine much from him.”Chicago Tribune
“While he fascinates and engrosses, Michener additionally educates.”Los Angeles Times

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On Monday he’s so hung over and so spaced out he’d risk his life if he tried to climb onto that scaffolding. ’ In writing of Tonga my problem was to recall distant events as clearly as I could and, since they were the meat of the story, to present them as interestingly as possible, and this I did, to the limit of my capacity at the moment. But I was hampered by the fact that back in 1945 I had written a detailed account of the incident of the Little Red Truck, but it had been lost in Navy files, and it irritated me not to be able to recall the smaller details that gave the story color and an insight into one aspect of military life.

The Original Draft—Unedited Carbon Copy If any aspect in this book warrants giving it the title ‘Exploration,’ it is this group of ten pages, which show exactly what comes from the typewriter as I try to steer my thoughts through a difficult problem. At the time I wrote this passage I was convinced it formed an exciting segment of a chapter in my Alaska novel. It focused on the little-known Canadian gold rush that occurred simultaneously with the great American rush to the Yukon. Since I had high hopes for this chapter, I wrote it with enthusiasm but with no firm direction.

I also recalled dramatic events I’d forgotten, but there the verification was, my report in abbreviated form. For Tonga the situation was quite different. The naval officer who had compiled the history of that island had obliterated my name. At first I was out-raged, but as I read his report, the good parts of which were ascribed to an unnamed ‘ComSoPac historical officer,’ I was pleased to discover that he had quoted almost verbatim those very parts of the Tongan history that I had been most eager to recover and most incapable of remembering.

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