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What If

What If Author Anne Bernays
ISBN-10 9780062720061
Release 1991-11-20
Pages 256
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What If? is the first handbook for writers based on the idea that specific exercises are one of the most useful and provocative methods for mastering the art of writing fiction. With more than twenty-five years of experience teaching creative writing between them, Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter offer more than seventy-five exercises for both beginners and more experienced writers. These exercises are designed to develop and refine two basic skills: writing like a writer and, just as important, thinking like a writer. They deal with such topics as discovering where to start and end a story; learning when to use dialogue and when to use indirect discourse; transforming real events into fiction; and finding language that both sings and communicates precisely. What If? will be an essential addition to every writer's library, a welcome and much-used companion, a book that gracefully borrows a whisper from the muse.

Letters to a Fiction Writer

Letters to a Fiction Writer Author Frederick Busch
ISBN-10 0393320618
Release 2000
Pages 291
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Contributors include Lee K. Abbott, Charles Baxter, Ray Bradbury, Raymond Carver, Shelby Foote, John Gardner, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Tobias Wolff, and Flannery O'Connor, among others.

A Writer s Workbook

A Writer s Workbook Author Caroline Sharp
ISBN-10 9781250122490
Release 2016-05-10
Pages 176
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Aspiring doctors have medical school. Karate students have belts of different colors. Pianists have scales and arpeggios. But what system do writers have for getting and staying "in shape," to help them focus, practice, and make progress? A Writer's Workbook is Caroline Sharp's ingenious collection of exercises to inspire, encourage, warm up, and jump-start anyone who writes. A wise and funny friend who will cheerlead you through even your darkest can't-write days and "every idea I've ever had is awful" nights, she provides encouraging suggestions, hilarious observations, and an amazingly vivid catalogue of writers' neuroses (with advice on overcoming them, of course). From "Roget's Resume" and "Emulating Ernest" to "End Well," "The Rewrite Rut," and "Dear John," the exercises in this generous, wry workbook will keep your ideas fresh, your mind open, and your pen moving.


Passages Author Richard Nordquist
ISBN-10 0312101171
Release 1995-03-15
Pages 428
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This developmental rhetoric with readings emphasizes prewriting, drafting, and proofreading with step-by-step instruction, progressing from paragraph to essay and from personal to public concerns.

Imaginative Writing

Imaginative Writing Author Janet Burroway
ISBN-10 0321923170
Release 2014-01-23
Pages 416
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"In the fourth edition of Imaginative Writing I have tried to refine and focus several features of the book without fundamentally changing its purpose, which is to provide a workable and energizing multigenre text for basic creative writing courses" - Preface (page xii)

Creating Short Fiction

Creating Short Fiction Author Damon Knight
ISBN-10 0312150946
Release 1997-03-15
Pages 209
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Explains effective use of structure and pacing, and offers advice for creating realistic dialogue, plot, and characters

Writing the Nonfiction Book

Writing the Nonfiction Book Author Eva Shaw
ISBN-10 0966269624
Release 1999
Pages 252
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Methods outlined in this book are easy-to-follow steps for formatting, completing, and marketing a nonfiction book. The most popular subjects for nonfiction books are covered, along with writing instructions and painless tips for self-publishing. Included is information on finding an agent and book publisher.

The Writing Book

The Writing Book Author Kate Grenville
ISBN-10 9781742691268
Release 2010-09-01
Pages 240
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A completely practical workbook that offers down-to-earth ideas and suggestions for writers or aspiring writers to get you started and to keep you going.

Immediate Fiction

Immediate Fiction Author Jerry Cleaver
ISBN-10 1429954000
Release 2004-12-03
Pages 304
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Covering the entire process from story building to manuscript preparation and marketing, Jerry Cleaver shows the novice and experienced writer how to start writing and how to get immediate results. Readers will find everything they need to know about managing time, finding an idea, getting the first word down on the page, staying unblocked, shaping ideas into compelling stories, and submitting their work to agents and publishers. Immediate Fiction goes beyond the old "Write what you know" to "Write what you can imagine." Filled with insightful tips on how to manage doubts, fears, blocks, and panic, Immediate Fiction will help writers develop their skills in as little minutes a day, if necessary. Believing that all writing is rewriting, Cleaver says, "You can't control what you put on the page. You can only control what you leave on the page." With this book Cleaver shows how to get that control and produce results.

The Creative Writer s Workshop 5th Edition

The Creative Writer s Workshop  5th Edition Author Cathy Birch
ISBN-10 9781848036956
Release 2012-11-06
Pages 192
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This book aims to get you writing and keep you writing - and help you enjoy your writing to the full. It will show you how to free your own unique voice and create original, individual work. It is packed with exercises, visualisation techniques, flow charts, dream-work and word webs that will enable you to explore the treasures of your subconscious, revisit your childhood world of games and make believe, and bring back what you find. Then it shows you how to harness that creativity in developing your characters, settings, plot and dialogue. Additional exercises focus on sustaining your own motivation, providing the perfect setting in which to develop your writing. This book will help you at every stage. Use it to rediscover your love of words and the spontaneity in your writing. Find your voice and become the writer you were meant to be. Contents: 1. Writing as a Way of Life; 2. Tuning In; 3. Discovering the Plot; 4. Developing Atmosphere, Pace and Mood; 5. Working with Beginnings and Endings; 6. Surprise Yourself; 7. Working With Your Dreams; 8. Recycling; 9. Crafting Your Work; 10. Editing Your Work; Glossary; References; Further reading; Useful addresses and websites; Index.

Step Out of Your Story

Step Out of Your Story Author Kim Schneiderman
ISBN-10 9781608682324
Release 2015
Pages 256
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Every life is an unfolding story and how individuals tell their story matters. Recent Stanford and Columbia University studies showed that how we view the story of our lifeshapes the life itself. Who are the heroes and villains? Where does the plot twist and how are conflicts resolved? Whether we are considering how a job was lost, a relationship clicked, or a dream deferred, we have the ability to empower ourselves or turn ourselves into hapless victims. Kim Schneiderman knows the power of story as both a therapist and a writer. Her clients often tell their stories in ways that keep them stuck but when they employ the storytelling techniques here, they view their lives as works in progress, become powerful narrators, and understand big picture storylines in ways that allow them to easily develop their own character, shape their actions and relationships, and create fulfilling happy endings.”

The Story and Its Writer

The Story and Its Writer Author Ann Charters
ISBN-10 1457664615
Release 2014-07-18
Pages 1808
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Ann Charters has an acute sense of which stories work most effectively in the classroom and knows that writers, not editors, have the most interesting and useful things to say about the making and the meaning of fiction. Instructors look forward to every new edition of her bestselling anthology to see what stories her constant search for new fiction and neglected classics will turn up. To complement the stories, Charters includes her signature innovation: an array of the writers’ own commentaries on the craft and traditions of fiction. For in-depth, illustrated studies of particular writers or genres, her Casebooks provide unparalleled opportunities for discussion and writing. The new ninth edition features many very recent stories and commentaries by up-and-coming writers, a new Casebook on the important genre of Magical Realism, and expanded coverage of close reading.

Sleeping on the Wing

Sleeping on the Wing Author Kenneth Koch
ISBN-10 9780307764911
Release 2012-02-08
Pages 336
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This book is specifically for high school students, though it is useful to college students and anyone interested in the art and craft of poetry. Koch and Farrell, experienced teachers as well as poets, write about poetry in such a way that students will find it accessible and interesting. The book includes selections of poetry by twenty-three poets, among them Dickinson, Hopkins, Pound, Williams and Eliot, as well as Ginsberg, O'Hara, Baraka and Ashbery. There is also the translated work of such modern European poets such as Lorca, Rilke, Rimbaud, Apollinaire and Mayakowsky.

510 Creative Writing Prompts

510 Creative Writing Prompts Author Jonathan Wright
ISBN-10 1530099757
Release 2016-02-26
Pages 128
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Are you an aspiring writer searching for inspiration and motivation? Are you an experienced writer struggling with writer's block? Need something to get your creative juices flowing? If so, this is the book for you. This valuable writing resource offers over 500 writing prompts spanning every genre imaginable - horror, thriller, science-fiction, fantasy, and more! This isn't a book filled with simple one-line prompts, quotes, or definitions, either. This book is filled with creative, unique, and descriptive writing prompts - perfect for beginners and pros. You'll find prompts featuring time travel, dystopian and post-apocalyptic worlds, espionage, murder mysteries, zombies, aliens, serial killers, embarrassing situations, and much more. Use these prompts to create your own short stories, novelettes, novellas, novels, blog series, and even screenplays! Whether you're looking to write a thriller or a horror book, or anything in-between, this book will nudge you in the right direction. Are you taking creative writing classes? This book is a valuable tool for your success. Jump-start your creativity and get ready to write!

1 000 Awesome Writing Prompts

1 000 Awesome Writing Prompts Author Ryan Andrew Kinder
ISBN-10 150091066X
Release 2014-08-26
Pages 84
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Have you ever wanted to write a story, but you didn't know how? Or are you good at writing stories, but stuck for ideas? Are you currently writing a story, but you have writers block? Well, have I got the book for you friend. I can call you friend because we've just built up a rapport with my rhetorical questions. This is a book chock full of writing prompts. These are little things that will help you along to writing some amazing stuff that spills out of your mind. You're wondering: "But what kind of prompts are they? I've seen writing prompts before, but they're all lame." That's a good thing to be wondering, friend. I've crafted and homebrewed only the finest of prompts for your pleasure. You won't be confined to any one genre, you'll find a limitless amount of prompts ranging from comedy to serious to horror. I say limitless, but I meant 1,000 prompts precisely. I said 1,000 precisely, but there's slightly more if you count the introduction. Listen, friend, I promise not to fib from this point on. The book is split into a few sections: Beginners Writing Prompts (it's a super short section, don't worry); Constrained Writing (that's where you are forced into absolutely specific criteria for the prompt); Flash Fiction (either a word count or a time count is imposed upon you); Ripper Prompts (you are given a list of items for "Random Item Prompts"); and the bulk of the book ends with basic writing prompts with which you can write as much as you please with no tricks! If you're still reading this description, allow me to tell you more uses for this book: Creative writing classes! Yes, teachers, I've done the work for you. I'll even let you lie and say the prompts were crafted in your mind. Corporate synergy teams! That's right, group building exercise makers, you can relax in your fine leather chair and state that you know just how to get the company working together. Present some of these writing prompts and you'll be a hit. Temporarily disenfranchised millionaire authors in waiting! Your hit novel is contained in one of these prompts, I'm certain of it! Use this book for scripts, for blogs, for journals, for impressing potential clients. Otherwise I am sure it would make an attractive door wedge! Have I used enough exclamation marks to convince you? No? Check out these sections and be dazzled... Section Information: Section 1: Beginners Writing Prompts (20 Prompts) Section 2: Flash Fiction Prompts (80 Prompts) Section 3: Random Items Prompts AKA Rippers (20 Prompts - List of 26 random items) Section 4: Constrained Writing (30 Prompts) Section 5: Writing Prompts (850 Prompts)

The Writer s Journey

The Writer s Journey Author Christopher Vogler
ISBN-10 193290736X
Release 2007
Pages 407
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This third edition is an indispensable guide to the inner workings of stories, to the ancient and deep-seated patterns of emotion that speak to us through the symbolic language of myth.

Writing the TV Drama Series 4th Edition

Writing the TV Drama Series  4th Edition Author Pamela Douglas
ISBN-10 1615932933
Release 2018
Pages 310
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"Guide to writing drama series for TV, both in the US and in other countries" --