What If? is the only textbook on writing fiction that is comprised entirely of exercises. These exercises isolate the various elements of fiction - dialogue, plot, . Exercises for Fiction Writers (3rd Edition). Free Books Organized by the elements of fiction and comprised primarily of writing exercises, this text helps students. 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.
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ordinary book, you have it then the world is in your hands. The benefit you get by reading this book. is actually information inside this reserve. An essential to any writer's library, What If? is comprised entirely of specific exercises intended to help the reader master the art of writing fiction. The exercises. Most writers at some point will come face to face with their nemesis: the dreaded Practice awareness of the What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers.
I can see using this book in a group setting with my middle and high school writers. Lots of good references and reading suggestions that tie into the exercises. Although I liked this book, my two main quibbles are: If you want an exercise on irony, it's not in here. How about one on subtext in dialogue? Although the short stories aren't bad, I prefer them to be grouped together. A good example is the anthology Points of View by James Moffett.
It is solely about POV and Moffett arranged the stories from straight internal mo Although I liked this book, my two main quibbles are: It is solely about POV and Moffett arranged the stories from straight internal monologue to dramatic monologue to letter narration to diary narration to subjective narration to detached autobiography to memoir or observer narration to anonymous narration single POV to anonymous narration dual POV to anonymous narration multiple POV.
The distance from the reader to the narrator's head steadily increases from the beginning of this anthology to the end. Dec 18, Richard Jespers rated it it was amazing.
Another great creative writing text. Practical yet creative in approach. For example, highlighting that which represent the five senses using five different colors. It graphically represents how much or how little your writing is concrete, appealing at least some of the time to Another great creative writing text.
It graphically represents how much or how little your writing is concrete, appealing at least some of the time to the five ways we interpret the world. I used it with regard to an entire novel, and the process helped me to revise some rather poverty-stricken areas of the book.
Jun 14, Nena rated it really liked it. This is a wonderful writing exercise book! There are several exercises that I already do in my writing, and I either skip them or tweak them a bit, but it is still helpful because now I know why those tips work or are necessary in writing.
I try to do one exercise a day, but I find myself excited by the writing prompts and I end up doing two or three, or even stopping so I can work on a story the exercise has just inspired. I'm getting so much writing done these days! I will keep using this unti This is a wonderful writing exercise book! I will keep using this until all the tips are drilled into my head.
Great, wonderful, book! Tons of easy, relevant exercises, categorized in an easy-to-read manner, complete with student examples. And don't skip out on the short stories at the end of the book! For anyone interested in workshopping, I am posting almost all of these exercises on my blog here: I'd love to get someone participating with me. Self-promotion aside, do pick up this fantastic book that is applicable to both novel writers and those who do short stor Great, wonderful, book!
Self-promotion aside, do pick up this fantastic book that is applicable to both novel writers and those who do short stories. Sep 27, Clintweathers rated it it was amazing.
When I had delusions of literary adequacy, this was always the first thing I read every day. The book is collection of etudes, in the same way that Bartok's Mikrokosmos is -- just lessons to be worked through.
This is one of those books I've purchased and given away multiple copies of -- that's how much I love it. Sep 03, Ryan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This book has some fantastic characterization and plot exercises. My friend Colin recommended it to me after his summer class on writing, and it happened to be in my curriculum the next semester.
While I haven't sat down and done all these yet, I certainly think it presents an amazing way to build full If you want to write, pick it up. Aug 29, David rated it really liked it.
I haven't tried any of the exercises in this book yet, but they look intriguing. Very practical oriented, not nuts and bolts technical, philosophical, or advice on how to live as a writer.
Just a series of exercises tons to work on different fiction writing skills. They've got some nice stories tossed in at the end, though they just kind of say "these are good stories" without providing any commentary as to why they were selected or what aspects are particularly well handled. Sep 26, Shelley rated it really liked it. Good resource for those that teach writing.
The exercises are straightforward and organized by familiar elements of fiction. Aug 13, Elizabeth Kadetsky rated it liked it. This is my favorite of the writing exercises genre, not a genre I love. I like this book best read from cover to cover rather than as a tool per se. That way, you get a sense of the authors' philosophy of writing, why to write, what makes authentic writing, what the point is of the whole venture. In the end I found myself agreeing with them often.
All prose writers -- and perhaps poets too -- will find good food for thought here. I've used the exercises in this book for creative writing workshop with writers aged 15 to 75, young men in jail, university students, Mexican journalists, and many others.
It's only two pages but there is something really perfect about them. I still come back to this story every now and then just to re-read it. May 26, Nic rated it it was amazing. This is one of the best collections of advice and exercises for fiction writers in existence today.
While the other editions, which contain sample stories in the index, are better, this is a must-have for anyone looking to improve their fiction.
Jul 13, Charlene Smith rated it really liked it. Very useful book, so much junk is written as How To Write books, and as a writer I cast most of them aside. But this was very useful, I would read only a few pages and then stop and with my mind aglow dash to the computer and begin writing I've recommended this book a number of times for other creative writing teachers and they use it in their teaching.
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