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.

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.

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.

Letters to a Fiction Writer

Author: Frederick Busch
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393320619
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 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.

The Writing Book

A practical guide for fiction writers
Author: Kate Grenville
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1742691269
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 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.

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.

The Art of Fiction

Notes on Craft for Young Writers
Author: John Gardner
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307756718
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 240
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This classic guide, from the renowned novelist and professor, has helped transform generations of aspiring writers into masterful writers—and will continue to do so for many years to come. John Gardner was almost as famous as a teacher of creative writing as he was for his own works. In this practical, instructive handbook, based on the courses and seminars that he gave, he explains, simply and cogently, the principles and techniques of good writing. Gardner’s lessons, exemplified with detailed excerpts from classic works of literature, sweep across a complete range of topics—from the nature of aesthetics to the shape of a refined sentence. Written with passion, precision, and a deep respect for the art of writing, Gardner’s book serves by turns as a critic, mentor, and friend. Anyone who has ever thought of taking the step from reader to writer should begin here. From the Trade Paperback edition.

365 Creative Writing Prompts

The Fiction Strategies Book
Author: T. M. Crane
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781548249328
Page: 336
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This book has been written with the fiction writer in mind. It teaches writers, through writing each day of the year on a subject of their choice, how to use description, narrative and character development. Each of the exercises is simple to follow and gives scope to the writer to follow their own style. Writers are encouraged to use their imagination to enjoy the challenge of writing stories on given topics. There is a good variety of subjects and much is speculative, thus leaving the writer free to tackle the story in the manner he/she wants, although one section does encourage the use of first person narrative. Through the different subjects, writers are encouraged to use adjectives and to close their eyes and imagine the characters of their stories, so that they can present them in full color and with atmosphere to readers. Throughout the book, different interests are covered and writers don't have to take the obvious route. We encourage writers to take it a step further and conjure up their own ideas and make these come to life on the page. As they progress, they will learn about how to incorporate: -Descriptions -Colors -Words that sound alike -Narrative -Atmospheres Since each page allows writers the space to write out their story in journal format, we would suggest that writers use a notebook to gather together ideas before writing, thus having a direction for the story. This is particularly relevant in Twist in the Tail stories which lead to a surprising conclusion. Fiction strategy includes the following elements: -Character development using familiar people as models for their characters -Twists and turns to surprise readers -Excitement and tense drama The writing prompts give writers sufficient information to be able to come up with stories and the angle that they approach their story writing from should always be left to the writer as an individual choice. The writing prompts help the writer to create atmosphere, tension and twists and turns in their plot construction, all of which are important to writers in the fiction area. The book also contains popular genres such as erotica, mystery and suspense, murder, romance and love and all of the styles that are currently being sought by publishing companies. It's a good idea to practice because this highlights a writer's strengths and weaknesses and will usually dictate the kind of genre that a writer will choose as his trademark to success.

On Writing

Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743455967
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 297
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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

Writing Down the Bones

Freeing the Writer Within
Author: Natalie Goldberg
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834821132
Category: Self-Help
Page: 224
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For more than thirty years Natalie Goldberg has been challenging and cheering on writers with her books and workshops. In her groundbreaking first book, she brings together Zen meditation and writing in a new way. Writing practice, as she calls it, is no different from other forms of Zen practice—"it is backed by two thousand years of studying the mind." This thirtieth-anniversary edition includes new forewords by Julia Cameron and Bill Addison. It also includes a new preface in which Goldberg reflects on the enduring quality of the teachings here. She writes, "What have I learned about writing over these thirty years? I’ve written fourteen books, and it’s the practice here in Bones that is the foundation, sustaining and building my writing voice, that keeps me honest, teaches me how to endure the hard times and how to drop below discursive thinking, to taste the real meat of our minds and the life around us."

Get Writing Children's Fiction

Ideas, Tips and Exercises for Writers of Children's Fiction
Author: Karen King
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1472110137
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 208
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The aim of this book is to get you writing. It's full of inspiration, tips and writing exercises for anyone who wants to write children's fiction. Included are tips from other published writers, useful links and answers to questions you've always wanted to ask. Includes chapters on: Know-how: the difference between writing for children and writing for adults. How to get ideas for your stories from your family, your work and your life - and how to expand those ideas. Creating believable characters children will love reading about. Writing by the seat of your pants, or plotting? Basic things you need to know for either approach. Writing realistic dialogue. Writing the first draft How to create 'reel them in' beginnings, sustain the pace in the middle, and write satisfying endings. How to write page-turning chapter endings; keeping continuity when writing series. Writing for the educational market. Writing a synopsis and a proposal. Submitting your work to a publisher or agent. Dealing with rejects and rewrites. Publicity and marketing. Publishing your own work.

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.

The Creative Writing Coursebook

Forty Authors Share Advice and Exercises for Fiction and Poetry
Author: Julia Bell
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 1509829334
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: N.A
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The success of the writing courses at UEA belies the myth that writing can't be taught. This coursebook takes aspiring writers through three stages of practice: Gathering - getting started, learning how to keep notes, making observations and using memory; Shaping - looking at structure, point of view, character and setting; and Finishing - being your own critic, joining workshops, finding publishers. Throughout exercises and activities encourage writers to develop their skills. Contributions from forty authors provide a unique and generous pool of information, experience and advice.This is the perfect book for people who are just starting to write as well as for those who want some help honing work already completed. It will suit people writing for publication or just for their own pleasure, those writing on their own or writing groups.

1200 Creative Writing Prompts

Author: Melissa Donovan
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780615911618
Category: Authorship
Page: 172
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"Perfect for writers who are feeling uninspired or who simply want to tackle a new writing challenge, 1200 Creative Writing Prompts has something for everyone. Whether you write fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, you'll find plenty of fresh ideas inside this book" --

The Practice of Poetry

Writing Exercises From Poets Who Teach
Author: Robin Behn
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062276077
Category: Poetry
Page: 320
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A distinctive collection of more than 90 effective poetry-writing exercises combined with corresponding essays to inspire writers of all levels.

Creating Short Fiction

The Classic Guide to Writing Short Fiction
Author: Damon Knight
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312150945
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 209
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Explains effective use of structure and pacing, and offers advice for creating realistic dialogue, plot, and characters

100 Prompts for Science Fiction Writers

Author: Leslie Anderson,Jarod Anderson
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9781454914297
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 128
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Conquer that dreaded writer's block! From Jules Verne and H.G. Wells to Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Ursula LeGuin, and William Gibson, science fiction is one of the most enduring and popular genres. Whether on the page or on TV and film (Dr. Who, the Star Trek franchise), it grips the imagination. For a science-fiction author, the dream is to go boldly where no one has gone before, but sometimes the writing seems to be going nowhere at all—and future, alternate, parallel, or speculative worlds just won't come into focus. Fortunately, this guide helps show the way, with 100 prompts for everything from alien invasions to cyberpunk and beyond.

Mid-Novel Writing Prompts

Author: Rayne Hal
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781543190410
Page: 122
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Do you want a daily dose of inspiration to carry your novel plot forward? Conventional lists of writing prompts are great for starting new projects, but don't work if you're already well into a story with developed characters and an ongoing plot. This book can help. Whether you seek to boost your own imagination, to rekindle your passion for a book project or to release a creative block, these prompts will get the juices flowing.

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.

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Author: Renni Browne,Dave King
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 226
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Covers characterization, exposition, point of view, dialogue, proportion, and voice