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I have just started a,’ Creative Writing course, Wondered if this book will help me through my study’s? I would love your opium. I am Danela, I read that a year ago you study jaet this book.
I am starting taking classes in creative writing and I would like to know …more Hi Esther. I am starting taking classes in creative writing and I would like to know your experience using this book.
I would like to read your opinion about it. See 1 question rcaft Imaginative Writing…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Oct 19, Venus Blancia rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I definitely recommend this iaginative to struggling writers and ov for this covers writing in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama. For sure, aside from the theories this book has offered, what you’ll love the most is the “Try This” section where as a reader and writer you can follow through and try it yourself.
Writint enjoy too the thousands of writing prompts for all writing genres. Feb 15, Michael Burnam-Fink rated it it was amazing Shelves: The basis of this book is that writing should be play-even for professional writers there has to be an element of fun and joy. As long as an author can keep having fun, they can write indefinitely and improve their craft.
While I’m no fan of the Iowa Writer’s Seminar, and this book is steeped in that traditionit has a wriitng of useful tips and exercises for writing a little every day, and improving your own writing. I could see this useful for teaching a creative writing class, or as a self-gui The basis of this burrroway is that writing should be play-even for professional writers there has to wfiting an element of fun and joy. I could see this useful for teaching a creative writing class, or as a self-guided seminar.
For a fan of literature as opposed to a practitioner, there’s also a lot to enjoy here, with a feast of short fiction, essays, poems, and plays used as examples. Sometimes it’s a little hard to see the relevance to the theme of chapter, but as someone who mostly stays away from modern fiction this was a lovely sampling.
This was a pretty good creative writing textbook in that it helped start some good discussions. Part of the reason it did that though, was by saying things that were somewhat controversial like “Poetry should be spoken aloud” and “it is impossible to write a good story elmeents only summary. The reading selections which I didn’t read all of were sometimes brilliant, other This was a pretty good creative writing textbook in that it helped start some good discussions.
The reading selections which I didn’t read all of were sometimes brilliant, other times trendy.
There was always something I loved, even if I disliked a lot of others. Invitation to the Writer Try this 1. Make your list of “Questions I want answered. Go online and research on at least 4 sites what is known about that question. If it is not an answerable question, you’ll find much more written about it. Make notes in your journal.
Then put away the notes and write what you seem to have learned, in the form of a poem or a dialogue. Describe someone entirely in negatives: Can you make us know who the character is?
Worry about saying things as clearly, precisely, and vividly as you can. Write a short character sketch of someone you dislike. Write a monologue in which that person tells you an anecdote from his or her childhood.
Who is standing where to tell the story to whom? Pick a scene from your journal. Describe the setting using the pattern long shot, middle shot, close-up. Make sure that you begin kanet a wide sweep and end with a tight focus.
Begin with a very small, close image. Widen the lens until you have placed that scene in the context of the entire continent. Story Try this 6. Write a two-page story about a journey. Give us the setting and at least two characters.
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They discover something that causes trouble. Let the main character make a decision and take an action. Place two characters in a dangerous setting. Each has half of something that is no good without the other half. Development and Revision Try this 7.
Doodle a series of lists——of the characteristics of someone you have written about; or of phrases and idioms that character would use; or of objects assoc. Generate, rapidly, a list of metaphors for some central object in a piece you want to develop. Bring your research skills to your imaginative work. Identify something in a piece that you aren’t sure about. You don’t know the facts, don’t understand the process or the equipment, aren’t clear on the history or the statistics, don’t know the definition.
Consult books, reference works, newspapers, the Internet; interview someone, email someone, ask the experts. State your central subject or idea in a single sentence. Reduce it to a word. Express it in an image.
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Express it in a line of dialogue that one of your chars might say. Does it need thinking and wwriting through again? Go through your work and highlight generalizations in one colour, abstractions in another, cliches in a third.
Replace each of them imagijative something specific, wild, inappropriate, farfetched. Go back later to see if any of these work.
Replace the others, working toward the specific, the precise, and the concrete. Apr 22, Dianne rated it it was amazing. I took so long to read it as I was often inspired into a spurt of writing before bed.
Pick and choose what stories and exercises work for you and its a jane tool. Mar 11, Clare rated it liked it Shelves: This review is also posted on my blog at http: This is a large and detailed book on how to engage in creative writing. It covers techniques of fiction writing, creative non fiction, poetry and drama. Each chapter contains short exercises scattered throughout the text but handily enclosed in highlighted text boxes.
These can be undertaken in writing workshops or by an ind This review is also posted on my blog at http: These can be undertaken in writing workshops or by an individual writer.
At the end of each chapter, there are short stories, short pieces of creative non fiction, poems and short drama scripts. The exercises are very useful and the explanations of the various categories are detailed and useful as well. This is a great textbook for use in creative writing workshops.
I only have a few relatively minor quibbles. The first is that it is not always clear how the pieces of writing at the end of the chapter form examples of what has just been discussed. The second is that as the book goes on, the selections of material become a veritable gloom fest leading into serious slit your wrist territory. Some of poetry on the other hand is a bit less maudlin and I found some of the pieces quite clever and amusing.
Another problem is a purely geographical one.