3 AM Epiphany


Author: Brian Kiteley
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781582973517
Category: Reference
Page: 272
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Discover Just How Good Your Writing Can Be If you write, you know what it's like. Insight and creativity - the desire to push the boundaries of your writing - strike when you least expect it. And you're often in no position to act: in the shower, driving the kids to school...in the middle of the night. The 3 A.M. Epiphany offers more than 200 intriguing writing exercises designed to help you think, write, and revise like never before - without having to wait for creative inspiration. Brian Kiteley, noted author and director of the University of Denver's creative writing program, has crafted and refined these exercises through 15 years of teaching experience. You'll learn how to: Transform staid and stale writing patterns into exciting experiments in fiction Shed the anxieties that keep you from reaching your full potential as a writer Craft unique ideas by combining personal experience with unrestricted imagination Examine and overcome all of your fiction writing concerns, from getting started to writer's block Open the book, select an exercise, and give it a try. It's just what you need to craft refreshing new fiction, discover bold new insights, and explore what it means to be a writer. It's never too early to start--not even 3 A.M.

Now Write!

Fiction Writing Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers
Author: Sherry Ellis
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101117834
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 288
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A collection of personal writing exercises and commentary from some of today's best novelists, short story writers, and writing teachers, including Jill McCorkle, Amy Bloom, Robert Olen Butler, Steve Almond, Jayne Anne Phillips, Virgil Suarez, Margot Livesay, and more. What's the secret behind the successful and prolific careers of critically acclaimed novelists and short story writers Amy Bloom, Steve Almond, Jayne Anne Phillips, Alison Lurie, and others? Divine assistance? Otherworldly talent? An unsettlingly close relationship with the Muse? While the rest of us are staring at blank sheets of paper, struggling to come up with a first sentence, these writers are busy polishing off story after story and novel after novel. Despite producing work that may seem effortless, all of them have a simple technique for fending off writer's block: the writing exercise. In Now Write!, Sherry Ellis collects the personal writing exercises of today's best writers and lays bare the secret to their success. - In "The Photograph," Jill McCorkle divulges one of her tactics for handling material that takes plots in a million different directions; - National Book Award-nominee Amy Bloom offers "Water Buddies," an exercise for writers practicing their craft in workshops; - Steve Almond, author of My Life in Heavy Metal and Candyfreak, provides a way to avoiding purple prose in "The Five-Second Shortcut to Writing in the Lyric Register"; - and eighty-three more of the country's top writers disclose their strategies for creating memorable prose. Complemented by brief commentary from the authors themselves, the exercises in Now Write! are practical and hands-on. By encouraging writers to shamelessly steal proven techniques that have yielded books which have won National Book Awards, Pulitzers, and Guggenheim grants, Now Write! inspires the aspiring writer to write now.

A Writer's Book of Days

A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life
Author: Judy Reeves
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 9781577313120
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 272
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First published a decade ago, A Writer's Book of Days has become the ideal writing coach for thousands of writers. Newly revised, with new prompts, up-to-date Web resources, and more useful information than ever, this invaluable guide offers something for everyone looking to put pen to paper — a treasure trove of practical suggestions, expert advice, and powerful inspiration. Judy Reeves meets you wherever you may be on a given day with: • get-going prompts and exercises • insight into writing blocks • tips and techniques for finding time and creating space • ways to find images and inspiration • advice on working in writing groups • suggestions, quips, and trivia from accomplished practitioners Reeves's holistic approach addresses every aspect of what makes creativity possible (and joyful) — the physical, emotional, and spiritual. And like a smart, empathetic inner mentor, she will help you make every day a writing day.

Naming the World

And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer
Author: Bret Anthony Johnston
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0307488586
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 400
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You already have the tools to become a gifted writer; what you need is the spark. Harvard creative writing professor and acclaimed author Bret Anthony Johnston brings you an irresistible interactive guide to the craft of narrative writing. From developing characters to building conflict, from mastering dialogue to setting the scene, Naming the World jump-starts your creativity with inspiring exercises that will have you scrambling for pen and paper. Every chapter is a master class with the country’s most eminent authors, renowned editors, and dedicated teachers. • Infuse emotion into your fiction with three key strategies from Margot Livesey. • Christopher Castellani dumps the “write what you know” maxim and challenges you to really delve into the imagination. • A point-of-view drill from Susan Straight can be just the breakthrough you need to flesh out your story. • Jewell Parker Rhodes shares how good dialogue is not just about what is being said but about what is being left unsaid. Brimming with imaginative springboards and hands-on exercises, Naming the World has everything you need to become a stronger, more inventive writer. “A delicious book. Imagine yourself at a cocktail party crammed with literary lions. You have the chance to spend a few moments with each of them. Wit and wisdom abound.” –Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way “A highly useful and perceptive book. With charm and intelligence it touches on nearly every teachable aspect of the devilishly difficult art of writing.” –Ethan Canin, professor of creative writing at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and author of Carry Me Across the Water “These entertaining and useful exercises, intelligently organized, are a boon for both beginning and experienced writers.” –Andrea Barrett, National Book Award—winning author of The Air We Breathe “Forget about getting an MFA! For any writer struggling with his craft, here is the equivalent of a master class in writing by some of the best writer/teachers around.” –Betsy Lerner, author of The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers From the Trade Paperback edition.

Pocket Muse 2

Endless Inspiration for Writers
Author: Monica Wood
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781582975993
Category: Reference
Page: 224
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Offering a spectrum of writing prompts, photos, and advice for all types of writing including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

The Poetry Gymnasium

94 Proven Exercises to Shape Your Best Verse
Author: Tom C. Hunley
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786488352
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 266
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This book contains ninety-four exercises designed to inspire creativity and help poets hone their skills. Each exercise includes a clearly-stated learning objective, historical background matter on the particular subgenre being explored, and an example written by students at Western Kentucky University. The text also contains model poems by leading American poets including Sherman Alexie, Billy Collins, Denise Duhamel, and Dean Young. The book's five chapters correspond with the five canons of classical rhetoric: invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery.

Kicking In the Wall

A Year of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Quotes to Help You Break Through Your Blocks and Reach Your Writing Goals
Author: Barbara Abercrombie
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 1608681564
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 233
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"Barbara Abercrombie, an author and creative writing instructor at UCLA Extension, offers 365 days' worth of guidance for writers seeking to warm up, stretch, and build creative muscle"--Provided by publisher.

The Writer's Book of Matches

1,001 Prompts to Ignite Your Fiction
Author: Staff Of Fresh Boiled Peanuts
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781582974118
Category: Reference
Page: 256
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Designed to help writers find inspiration anytime, anywhere, The Writer's Book of Matches is both muse and exercise partner for beginning and professional writers. This dynamic title: Is jam-packed with 1,001 creative prompts - more than any other book on the market Provides a spectrum of prompts, including situational, dialogue oriented, and point-of-view changing exercises Shares dozens of sidebars containing humorous and inspiring quotes from famous authors about the writing life, idea creation, and writer's block With appendices that show writers how to adapt the prompts in new and exciting ways, this book of writing matches will ignite writers' creative fires for years to come.

4 A.M. Breakthrough

Unconventional Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction
Author: Brian Kiteley
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781582975634
Category: Reference
Page: 288
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Realize All That Is Possible in Your Fiction Writers have long turned to exercises for help with beginning—be it a new piece of fiction, a daily routine, or a serious writing life. Behind the theory of exercises is an attitude of curiosity and expectancy, a desire to ask questions of yourself and of the world, to boldly—or not so boldly—stick a toe into the waters of something fresh, provocative, and exhilarating. To create fiction on the verge. In The 4 A.M. Breakthrough, companion to The 3 A.M. Epiphany, award-winning author and professor Brian Kiteley presents you with another 200 stimulating exercises, designed to help you expand your understanding of the problems and processes of more complex, satisfying fiction and to challenge you to produce works of which you never thought yourself capable. You'll learn how to: Train your writing instincts, so creation becomes a more organic, automatic process Tackle challenging concepts and themes, such as Language Games, The Mind, Money & Class, and History, laying a foundation for larger, more significant writing projects Make your writing process more fun and experimental, so you'll approach your fiction in the spirit of discovery, rather than with anxiety Open the book. Choose an exercise. Surprise yourself. Anything can happen—even at 4 a.m.

The Five-Minute Writer

Exercise and inspiration in creative writing in five minutes a day
Author: Margret Geraghty
Publisher: How To Books
ISBN: 1848033257
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 224
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Suitable for writers, this title includes chapters that offers a writing-related discussion, followed by a five-minute exercise. Five minutes a day spent on an exercise is one of the most effective methods there is to expand your potential and develop self-discipline.

What If?

Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers
Author: Anne Bernays
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062720066
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 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.

ActivAmerica


Author: Meagan Cass
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 1574417053
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
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Drawing from fairy tales, ghost stories, and science-fiction, the stories in ActivAmerica explore how we confront (and exert) power and re-imagine ourselves through sports and athletic activities. A group of girls starts an illicit hockey league in a conservative suburb. A recently separated woman must run a mile a day in order to maintain her new corporate health insurance. Children impacted by environmental disaster create a “mutant soccer team.” Two sisters are visited by an Olympic gymnast who demands increasingly dangerous moves from them. Sports allow the characters to form communities on soccer fields and hidden lakes, in overgrown backyards and across Ping-Pong tables. Throughout the collection, however, athletic risk also comes with unexpected, often unsettling results.

In This Light

New and Selected Stories
Author: Melanie Rae Thon
Publisher: Graywolf Press
ISBN: 9781555970314
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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A vibrant selection of stories from the author of Sweet Hearts and First, Body This selection of Melanie Rae Thon's stories showcases her breathtaking ability to become each one of her characters, to move inside the bodies and minds of the dispossessed. One woman speaks for them all: "I'm your worst fear. But not the worst thing that can happen." In This Light shimmers with grace as a drunk young woman hits a Native American man on a desolate Montana road, a grieving slave murders the white child she nurses and loves, and two throwaway kids dance in the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree in a stranger's house. Thon's searing prose reveals that the radiant heat inside us all is the hope and hunger for love.

Gotham Writers' Workshop: Writing Fiction

The Practical Guide From New York's Acclaimed Creative Writing School
Author: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781596917910
Category: Reference
Page: 304
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Gotham Writers' Workshop has mastered the art of teaching the craft of writing in a way that is practical, accessible, and entertaining. Now the techniques of this renowned school are available in this book. Here you'll find: - The fundamental elements of fiction craft-character, plot, point of view, etc.-explained clearly and completely - Key concepts illustrated with passages from great works of fiction - The complete text of "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver-a masterpiece of contemporary short fiction that is analyzed throughout the book - Exercises that let you immediately apply what you learn to your own writing Written by Gotham Writers' Workshop expert instructors and edited by Dean of Faculty Alexander Steele, Writing Fiction offers the same methods and exercises that have earned the school international acclaim. Once you've read-and written-your way through this book, you'll have a command of craft that will enable you to turn your ideas into effective short stories and novels. You will be a writer.

The Pocket Muse Endless Inspiration

New Ideas for Writing
Author: Monica Wood
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781582974194
Category: Reference
Page: 224
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Shake Up Your Writing Routine &break;&break;With an incredible spectrum of writing prompts, photos, and advice, The Pocket Muse: Endless Inspiration offers creative insights and inspirations for your daily writing life. &break;&break;Inside, you'll find transformative ways to: &break; Prevent procrastination&break; Revisit and revitalize your work&break; Adjust your attitude&break; Stimulate productivity &break;&break;Author Monica Wood, author of the bestseller Pocket Muse, offers hundreds of ways to warm up to a new day of writing and see the world with a clean pair of eyes. &break;&break;All types of writers–fiction, nonfiction, and poets–will be engaged and informed by this magical book.

Diy Mfa

Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community
Author: Gabriela Pereiera
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781599639345
Category: REFERENCE
Page: 294
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You are a writer. You dream of sharing your words with the world, and you're willing to put in the hard work to achieve success. You may have even considered earning your MFA, but for whatever reason--tuition costs, the time commitment, or other responsibilities--you've never been able to do it. Or maybe you've been looking for a self-guided approach so you don't have to go back to school.

Finish Your Book in Three Drafts

How to Write a Book, Revise a Book, and Complete a Book While You Still Love It
Author: Stuart Horwitz
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780986420429
Category:
Page: 140
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How do you write a book? Stuart Horwitz helps you do it in three drafts. Three drafts: that's all you need. - The messy draft: which is all about getting it down. - The method draft: which is all about making sense. - The polished draft: which is all about making it good. Finish Your Book in Three Drafts is for outliners who meticulously script every writing session and pantsers who pilot solely by feel. It will help you get past the fear that can land a first draft in the trashcan, and the confusion that can send a second draft into a dizzying tailspin. Because you don't want to be writing the same book for the rest of your life. You can Finish Your Book in Three Drafts provided you approach each draft in the right spirit, and know what action steps to take between drafts. With clarity, honesty, humor, and even videos, Horwitz discusses the best outlook and direction for each of the three drafts so that you can increase your efficiency, satisfaction, and engagement with both your writing process and your final product.

I Know Many Songs, But I Cannot Sing


Author: Brian Kiteley
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743237595
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
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In Cairo, an American named Ib encounters an Armenian named Gamal-Leon, who begins to follow Ib as a joke one evening toward the end of Ramadan, the period when Muslims fast by day and feast by night. As the two strangers roam the night, the readers swim

Myths and Legends of Aotearoa

Workbook
Author: Annie Rae Te Ake Ake
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780958349956
Category: Folklore
Page: 143
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As with the first workbook in this series, Volume Two is designed by teachers to be used by teachers for mixed ability classrooms. Workbook features guided listening tests, photocopiable language sheets and worksheet masters and answers plus various classroom activities. Maori language glossaries are provided for each of the stories. Four audio cassette tapes accompany text. The workbook and tape sets can be purchased both as sets and also separately.