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And the Kitchen Sink
A Compendium of Two Decades of Writing
Every writer starts somewhere. Most of the first million words, say the experts, are crap. But we in the browsing public never see those words. Stephen King's first failed attempts to write compelling stories are in a file somewhere in Maine. Wouldn't it be interesting to see the things great authors started with, before they became big names?
And the Kitchen Sink is a chance to see some of those first million words in print, from one of America's hottest new authors. CJ Lehi pulls back the curtain and shows us pretty near everything, from poetry to essays to short stories, finally culminating in novel excerpts from his first five novels. It's experimental, it's odd, it's inspiring - and it shows that the craft isn't a miracle, it's a skill. You get to see the first chapter of the first novel he ever wrote, in its unedited form. It isn't very good.
Which ought to be encouraging for those of us working forward on our first million words. If Lehi can start with this and become a polished, published, and successful author, then there is surely hope for the rest of us. Notes are included about almost everything, talking us through the research (or, in the interest of full disclosure, the lack of it) and the exercises. It's all here, the good, the bad, and the really, really infuriatingly incomplete - like the first few pages of the next novel, which won't be finished for another six months.
It's an indispensable collection for any Lehi fan, or any fan of writing, for that matter. Gems and duds, they're all here, for those that want proof that good writers don't always write good.
- Publication Date:
- 0985210230 / 9780985210236
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- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Literary Collections / American / General