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What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers



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  • What If?  Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers
    What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers


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.

Table of Contents

Notebooks, Journals, and Memory
Perspective, Distance, and Point of View
Interior Landscapes
The Elements of Style
A Writer's Tools
Invention and Transformation
Revision: Rewriting Is Writing
Learning from the Greats
Sudden, Flash, and Microfiction: The Short Story
Excuses I Have Already Used
Mackerel Night
The Custodian
Confirmation Names
It Would've Been Hot
My Mother's Gifts
The New Year
No One's a Mystery
Vision out of the Corner of One Eye
A Collection of Short Fiction
Happy Endings
Christmas Eve at Johnson's Drugs N Goods
Some of Our Work with Monsters
White Angel
How to Talk to a Hunter
Live Life King Sized
The Niece
Five Points
A Good Man Is Hard to Find
Wolinsky's Resort
The Appaloosa House
Under the Roof
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