Personal Fiction Writing

Willis treats the writing of fiction as a natural process that anyone can do with pleasure. The book includes over 400 helpful writing assignments for all age levels.

Author: Meredith Sue Willis

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ISBN: 0915924625

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

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Willis treats the writing of fiction as a natural process that anyone can do with pleasure. The book includes over 400 helpful writing assignments for all age levels. In addition, teachers will appreciate the appendixes on writing ideas according to age level, other books on writing, and magazines that publish student writing. "A terrific resource for the classroom as well as the novice writer."-Harvard Educational Review.

Your Personal Fiction Writing Coach

The information in this book will help you get your mind around your ideas and bring the prospect of writing a novel down to a manageable, achievable, and fulfilling project. “I was once in your shoes—more questions than answers, and ...

Author: Stephanie Bond

Publisher: NeedtoRead Books

ISBN: 9780991520930

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 400

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So you’ve always wanted to write a novel, but don’t know where to start. Or you’ve started your novel, but it stalled so you shoved it back under your bed/into a forgotten computer file. Or maybe you’re a veteran novelist, but the thrill is gone, and you can’t seem to get excited about writing again. International bestselling novelist Stephanie Bond will walk you through the process of pre-book planning, plotting a page-turner, and writing a novel around your busy schedule, all in digestible bites of advice you can draw on every day! Don’t buy into the stereotypical myths of writing—creating a great, entertaining novel doesn’t have to be out of reach, scary, or gut-wrenching. Writing a novel should be fun, inspiring, and life-enriching! The information in this book will help you get your mind around your ideas and bring the prospect of writing a novel down to a manageable, achievable, and fulfilling project. “I was once in your shoes—more questions than answers, and more ideas than time. Over the course of my writing career, I’ve learned the most successful writers are the ones with the most tricks! I’ve condensed all my tricks and tips into this book to coach you on your journey as a novelist. My goal is to make you a happier, more productive writer. You can do this!“ –Stephanie Bond, multi-published author You have lots of great ideas floating around in your head. You could write the next great novel to electrify the world. So what are you waiting for? Go, go, go!

The Self on the Page

This book examines the potential of creative writing as a therapeutic tool.

Author: Celia Hunt

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1853024708

Category: Psychology

Page: 222

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This book examines the potential of creative writing as a therapeutic tool. Illustrating a wide range of approaches, the contributors provide an introduction to thinking about creative writing in a personal development context with suggestions for further reading, and look at the potential evolution of therapeutic creative writing in the future.

Therapeutic Dimensions of Autobiography in Creative Writing

This book tells us about the hows and whys of such therapeutic change.

Author: Celia Hunt

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1853027472

Category: Psychology

Page: 208

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'It was the author's own experience of fictional autobiography that led Celia Hunt serendipiditously to appreciate that such writing could be therapeutic. She noticed, for example, and this was subsequently echoed in many of her students' experiences, a beneficial psychological change - and increased inner freedom, greater psychic flexability (perhaps the key to creativity and psychological health), a stronger sense of personal identity. This book tells us about the hows and whys of such therapeutic change.' - AutoBiographyJournal.com 'A critical examination of the therapeutic possibilities of autobiographical fiction that draws on perspectives from both psychoanalytic and literary studies.' - The Journal Of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy Therapeutic Dimensions of Autobiography in Creative Writing brings together theory and practice from psychoanalysis, literary and cultural studies and the growing field of creative writing studies. It highlights the importance of autobiographical writing not only as an opening into fiction writing, but also as a powerful therapeutic tool. Celia Hunt discusses how autobiographical fiction can be used in therapeutic work by art therapists, psychotherapists and creative writing tutors, as well as in personal development by writers of any kind. She draws up guidelines for a successful course on autobiography and creative writing, and presents case studies and practical ideas for writing about the self. She shows how writing autobiographical fiction can help people to explore significant events and relationships in their lives. Finding a writing voice in this way clarifies and strengthens the writer's sense of identity, leading to a fuller realisation of his or her potential in life.

Build Your Best Writing Life

In this actionable and empowering guide to personal writing success, you'll learn how to cultivate confidence in your skills and stories, develop a personal writing habit you can actually sustain, improve your writing ability with tools for ...

Author: Kristen Kieffer

Publisher: She's Novel LLC

ISBN: 1734206403

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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In this actionable and empowering guide to personal writing success, you'll learn how to cultivate confidence in your skills and stories, develop a personal writing habit you can actually sustain, improve your writing ability with tools for intentional growth, and discover what you (really) want from your writing life-and how to get it!

Courage and Craft

Under the guidance of veteran author and writing teacher Barbara Abercrombie, you'll learn how to turn the messy, crazy, sad, and wonderful stuff of your life into prose or poetry that has order, clarity, and meaning.

Author: Barbara Abercrombie

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577317227

Category: Self-Help

Page: 176

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Have you always wanted to write about your life but wondered how to get started, how to keep going, and whether it's even worth it in the first place? Under the guidance of veteran author and writing teacher Barbara Abercrombie, you'll learn how to turn the messy, crazy, sad, and wonderful stuff of your life into prose or poetry that has order, clarity, and meaning. Abercrombie presents the nuts and bolts of several genres, showing you how to keep a journal, craft a personal essay, or write a memoir, autobiography, poem, or work of fiction. She offers lessons to embolden you as a writer and practical guidelines for working writing into your everyday life, giving and receiving feedback, and getting your work published. In Courage & Craft, you'll find exercises to keep the inner critic at bay, inspiration from writers who've been there, and proven advice for getting your words on the page and out into the world.

Now Write

In Now Write!, Sherry Ellis collects the personal writing exercises of today's best writers and lays bare the secret to their success.

Author: Sherry Ellis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101117835

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.

Kiplinger s Personal Finance

The fiction writer capitalizes on these personal attributes. Thus one writer seldom
excels in both fields. There is another difference: most factual writers arc salaried.
Fiction writers, except for some who write radio and TV scripts, usually operate ...

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The most trustworthy source of information available today on savings and investments, taxes, money management, home ownership and many other personal finance topics.

Find Your Story Write Your Memoir

Every person has a story to tell, but few beginners know how to uncover their story's narrative potential.

Author: Lynn C. Miller

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 9780299293130

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

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Every person has a story to tell, but few beginners know how to uncover their story's narrative potential. And despite a growing interest among students and creative writers, few guides to the genre of memoirs and creative nonfiction highlight compelling storytelling strategies. Addressing this gap, authors Lynn C. Miller and Lisa Lenard-Cook provide a compact, accessible guide to memoir writing that shows how an aspiring memoir writer can use storytelling tools and tactics borrowed from fiction to weave personal experiences into the shape of a story. Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir offers an overview of the building blocks of memoir writing. Individual chapters focus on key issues and challenges, such as the balance between the remembering narrator and the experiencing narrator, the capacity to honor the subjective voice, the occasion of telling (why does this narrator tell this story now?), creating an organically functional structure for a particular story, and taking the next steps with a written memoir. Drawing on their combined years of experience teaching memoir writing, authoring works of fiction and nonfiction, and working in autobiographical performance, Miller and Lenard-Cook provide a practical guide whose core philosophy is motivated by a key word: story. Bronze winner, Foreword Book of the Year, Writing Guides

The Memoir and the Memoirist

Larson guides the reader from the autobiography and the personal essay to the memoir--a genre focused on a particularly emotional relationship in the author's past, an intimate story concerned more with who is remembering, and why, than ...

Author: Thomas Larson

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 9780804011006

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 211

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The memoir is the most popular and expressive literary form of our time. Writers embrace the memoir and readers devour it, propelling many memoirs by relative unknowns to the top of the best-seller list. Writing programs challenge authors to disclose themselves in personal narrative. Memoir and personal narrative urge writers to face the intimacies of the self and ask what is true. In The Memoir and the Memoirist, critic and memoirist Thomas Larson explores the craft and purpose of writing this new form. Larson guides the reader from the autobiography and the personal essay to the memoir--a genre focused on a particularly emotional relationship in the author's past, an intimate story concerned more with who is remembering, and why, than with what is remembered. The Memoir and the Memoirist touches on the nuances of memory, of finding and telling the truth, and of disclosing one's deepest self. It explores the craft and purpose of personal narrative by looking in detail at more than a dozen examples by writers such as Mary Karr, Frank McCourt, Dave Eggers, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Mark Doty, Nuala O'Faolain, Rick Bragg, and Joseph Lelyveld to show what they reveal about themselves. Larson also opens up his own writing and that of his students to demonstrate the hidden mechanics of the writing process. For both the interested reader of memoir and the writer wrestling with the craft, The Memoir and the Memoirist provides guidance and insight into the many facets of this provocative and popular art form.

Writing True Stories

Writing True Stories is the essential book for anyone who has ever wanted to write a memoir or explore the wider territory of creative nonfiction.

Author: Patti Miller

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781760638719

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

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Writing True Stories is the essential book for anyone who has ever wanted to write a memoir or explore the wider territory of creative nonfiction. It provides practical guidance and inspiration on a vast array of writing topics, including how to access memories, find a narrative voice, build a vivid world on the page, create structure, use research-and face the difficulties of truth-telling. This book introduces and develops key writing skills, and then challenges more experienced writers to extend their knowledge and practice of the genre into literary nonfiction, true crime, biography, the personal essay, and travel and sojourn writing. Whether you want to write your own autobiography, investigate a wide-ranging political issue or bring to life an intriguing history, this book will be your guide. Writing True Stories is practical and easy to use as well as an encouraging and insightful companion on the writing journey. Written in a warm, clear and engaging style, it will get you started on the story you want to write-and keep you going until you reach the end. 'A rich, practical and accessible source of wisdom ... the complete tool kit.' Caroline Baum 'Patti is the writing whisperer! She taught me how to stop daydreaming and to get writing. I couldn't have written my memoir without her!' Jessica Rowe

Ten Strategies to Write Your Novel

Willis describes multiple entry ways into this formidable genre, offers vivid illustrations from classic and contemporary novels, and provides dozens of creative exercises.

Author: Meredith Sue Willis

Publisher:

ISBN: 1932727108

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

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This clear, eminently practical guide offers both general approaches and targeted suggestions for working through the complex tasks of writing a novel. Willis describes multiple entry ways into this formidable genre, offers vivid illustrations from classic and contemporary novels, and provides dozens of creative exercises.

Spin Your Tale

You need to Spin Your Tale. If you don't spell out for people the story you want told about you when you're not around, they will absolutely make it up for you. In your absence. Likely leading to a brand that you may not love.

Author: Dona Sarkar

Publisher:

ISBN: 1725879913

Category:

Page: 138

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People are talking about you behind your back. Your friends. Your co-workers. Your management. People you don't even know. They're all doing it. What are they saying?What? You don't know?!Whether you like it or not, your name has a brand attached to it. Your brand is what people say about you when you're not in the room.Your brand is your professional reputation. It's what you're known for. It's what you're an expert at. It's why people call on you. Here's the kicker though: You can't control your brand. It's what other people think, say, and feel about you. However, you CAN craft and control your story, the thing that leads to your brand. You need to Spin Your Tale. If you don't spell out for people the story you want told about you when you're not around, they will absolutely make it up for you. In your absence. Likely leading to a brand that you may not love. People who spin their tale have made it big in this world. No matter what they do for a living, where they come from, or who they know. All that mattered was how they spun their tale. And today you will join the global community of people who have done exactly this. Welcome to the tribe.

Creative Writing

Do you dream of writing short stories or novels, factual articles or non-fiction books? This book shows you how to improve every area of your writing.

Author: Adele Ramet

Publisher: St Pauls BYB

ISBN: 8171085008

Category:

Page: 148

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Do you dream of writing short stories or novels, factual articles or non-fiction books? This book shows you how to improve every area of your writing.

The Art of Writing Fiction

He lays open to the reader his own notes, his writing, and the experiences from his own life that he has drawn on in his fiction allowing the reader to develop their own writing project alongside the author as they go through the book.

Author: Andrew Cowan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317861539

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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The Art of Writing Fiction guides the reader through the processes of creative writing from journal-keeping to editing, offering techniques for stimulating creativity and making language vivid. Readers will master key aspects of fiction such as structure, character, voice and setting. Andrew Cowan provides an insightful introduction that brings his own well-crafted prose style to bear on the processes and pleasures of writing fiction, offering practical and personal advice culled from his own experience and that of other published writers. He lays open to the reader his own notes, his writing, and the experiences from his own life that he has drawn on in his fiction allowing the reader to develop their own writing project alongside the author as they go through the book.

Telling Stories

Telling Stories is intended for anyone interested in thinking more about the elements of storytelling in short stories, novels, and memoirs.

Author: Lee Martin

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9781496202024

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 258

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A prolific and award-winning writer, Lee Martin has put pen to paper to offer his wisdom, honed during thirty years of teaching the oh-so-elusive art of writing. Telling Stories is intended for anyone interested in thinking more about the elements of storytelling in short stories, novels, and memoirs. Martin clearly delineates helpful and practical techniques for demystifying the writing process and provides tools for perfecting the art of the scene, characterization, detail, point of view, language, and revision—in short, the art of writing. His discussion of the craft in his own life draws from experiences, memories, and stories to provide a more personal perspective on the elements of writing. Martin provides encouragement by sharing what he’s learned from his journey through frustrations, challenges, and successes. Most important, Telling Stories emphasizes that you are not alone on this journey and that writers must remain focused on what they love: the process of moving words on the page. By focusing on that purpose, Martin contends, the journey will always take you where you’re meant to go.

Story Matters

Part One: Writing Matters:This series of brief chapters provides an introduction to writing short fiction, from the spark that starts a story to the finishing touches of revision.

Author: Margaret-Love Denman

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Division

ISBN: STANFORD:36105123857208

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 494

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Story Mattersoffers students an inspiring and insightful approach to writing short fiction with 21 short stories and in-depth, in-person conversations with their accomplished authors. Each writer describes his or her source of ideas, motivation, and writing strategies, to give a personal perspective on the book's narrative of the elements of short fiction. Throughout the book, writing prompts offer ideas, advice, and jumping-off points for workshop or individual writing exercises. The writers, from Dave Eggers to Jamaica Kincaid, explain and explore the intent, technique, and meaning of their fiction, offering expert insight into the craft of writing stories. Part One: Writing Matters:This series of brief chapters provides an introduction to writing short fiction, from the spark that starts a story to the finishing touches of revision. Writing prompts integrated throughout invite readers to exercise and expand their writing muscles to create the best story possible. Part Two: Stories and Conversations:A showcase for 21 acclaimed writers, this section combines a short story, a conversation with that story's author, and related writing prompts. By reading the stories and listening to the writers talk about the joys and frustrations of the creative process, students will come to understand the challenge and satisfaction of writing well. Appendicesinclude a set of questions a writer may want to ask when approaching a short story; a list of favorites of the authors interviewed in this book; and a bibliography of further resources in creative writing.

How to Write and Sell Your Personal Experiences

Reviews the basics of effective writing and explains how to turn personal experiences into writing that sells, surveying the range of publishing opportunities available--from books and magazines to newspapers

Author: Lois Duncan

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 0898792231

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 236

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Reviews the basics of effective writing and explains how to turn personal experiences into writing that sells, surveying the range of publishing opportunities available--from books and magazines to newspapers

Crafting The Personal Essay

Crafting the Personal Essay is designed to help you explore the flexibility and power of the personal essay in your own writing.

Author: Dinty W. Moore

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599632001

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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Award winning essayist Scott Russell Sanders once compared the art of essay writing to "the pursuit of mental rabbits"—a rambling through thickets of thought in search of some brief glimmer of fuzzy truth. While some people persist in the belief that essays are stuffy and antiquated, the truth is that the personal essay is an ever-changing creative medium that provides an ideal vehicle for satisfying the human urge to document truths as we experience them and share them with others—to capture a bit of life on paper. Crafting the Personal Essay is designed to help you explore the flexibility and power of the personal essay in your own writing. This hands-on, creativity-expanding guide will help you infuse your nonfiction with honesty, personality, and energy. You'll discover: • An exploration of the basics of essay writing • Ways to step back and scrutinize your experiences in order to separate out what may be fresh, powerful, surprising or fascinating to a reader • How to move past private "journaling" and write for an audience • How to write eight different types of essays including memoir, travel, humor, and nature essays among others • Instruction for revision and strategies for getting published Brimming with helpful examples, exercises, and sample essays, this indispensable guide will help your personal essays transcend the merely private to become powerfully universal.

Creative Writing

This book is a first-rate guide for writers who are looking for ways to improve their output.

Author: Adèle Ramet

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781848034198

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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This book is a first-rate guide for writers who are looking for ways to improve their output. It focuses on: - Fiction writing and the world of genre fiction - science, romance, horror and crime. - Ways of drawing on personal experience in order to write non-fiction articles on a wide variety of topics in a number of different styles. - Writing for children which requires specialist skills that, once mastered, bring enormous satisfaction to both the writer and the reader. - The impact of the internet on the creative writer and the opportunities it presents. Crucially, there is also a chapter on presenting your work to a publisher and getting it into print.