Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

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Capra, 1993 - Artists - 122 pages
What do Aldous Huxley and Elmore Leonard have in common? Why do most successful writers employ humor in significant ways to enhance their work? Writing Humor answers these questions and more. While it cannot give you a sense of humor, the book teaches you to perfect the one you have using practical techniques. Through analysis of published works, it demonstrates how writers develop humorous situations and characters. From Dave Barry's exaggerations, to the dark humor of Joseph Heller, to the carefully plotted episodes of Cheers, the reader will learn to define elements that made these funny and to put them to work in their own writing.

Writing Humor will also teach different types of humor (satire, comedy of manners, parody) and suggest which type is appropriate for the reader's work. The book will also emphasize the difference between humor writing and jokes. This distinction sets the book apart, as humor plays an important part in much literature that has endured while jokes disappear quickly.

The writer will learn to develop comic lead characters, narrative comic voice, and for the serious novelist seeking comic relief, the humorous incidental character or humorous interlude. Television or movie scriptwriters will learn, via interviews with successful writers and actual script samples, the techniques they used.

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The authors started with the question, "Why do so many people who start creating art stop?" They came up with some helpful, rational answers. Another useful little book. And if you're not in academia, you can skip about half of it.

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I picked up this book in a panic while working on my thesis project. Halfway through my grad studies I got artist block. (I should say that I am an artist and at the time was finishing my MFA in fine ... Read full review


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Orland is a widely exhibited art photographer and former assistant to Ansel Adams. He is a digital photography instructor at Cabrillo College, in Santa Cruz, CA. Co-author of "Art & Fear," he is also author of history book "Man & Yosemite" and the autobiographical monograph "Scenes of Wonder & Curiosity.

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