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G. X. Bradbury from Corvallis, OR is reading The Modern School Movement: Anarchism and Education in the United States, by Paul Arvich May 17, 2013 - 5:20pm

Butler writes a short story from start to finish in these videos.

 

http://www.fsu.edu/~butler/

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MattF from Tokyo is reading Borges' Collected Fictions May 19, 2013 - 5:01pm

Thanks for posting, will check some of it out (that's a lot of hours). He has some interesting ideas about writing, and though I don't exactly work that way, it does strike me as something worth striving toward.

 

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Nav Persona from Purgatory is reading The Babayaga May 19, 2013 - 9:38pm

Yeah, thanks! This looks to be very interesting.

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Cath Murphy from UK is reading Find out on the Unpr!ntable podcast May 20, 2013 - 9:52am

Definitely going to check this out. Thanks for sharing.

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts May 20, 2013 - 9:56am

I've always wanted to see something like this done in real time, knowing full well how terribly boring it'd mostly be as an outside viewer. I've been meaning to get Robert Olen Butler's book on craft FROM WHERE YOU DREAM for quite a while, he seems to cover a lot of what he preaches to students in the commentary on these videos, which is cool.

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne May 20, 2013 - 10:12am

That's really cool, definitely thank you for the post. I'll be checking that out for sure later tonight.

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G. X. Bradbury from Corvallis, OR is reading The Modern School Movement: Anarchism and Education in the United States, by Paul Arvich May 20, 2013 - 10:27pm

Glad it's appreciated.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 21, 2013 - 5:58am

@Renfield:  From Where You Dream is really cool.  However, I will say that Palahniuk's essay on thought verbs covers a good deal of the technical stuff that Butler discusses.

Rare edit:  I gave some reflection to what I said about FWYD, and realized I gave a misrepresentation of the scope of the book.  While Butler does emphasize a focus on detail and sensory experience as crucial to the creation of the best form of literary art (a questionable assertion, but one he feels very deeply and so, apparently, does Palahniuk), he also goes into great detail about allowing your subconscious to do its work without stepping on its toes too much, and also his approach to planning out novels without blowing off all your steam before you get started.  He's got some pretty interesting ideas that are definitely worth looking at.

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G. X. Bradbury from Corvallis, OR is reading The Modern School Movement: Anarchism and Education in the United States, by Paul Arvich May 21, 2013 - 8:15pm

I just started reading From Where You Dream, which is how I found the link to these videos. It seems Butler is a purist in terms of the nature of creativity, believing it born from chaos and molded into something via our deeper selves.

Sounds a little hokey, I suppose, but I think it's a pretty healthy approach. He explains himself in the videos.