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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.
Table of Contents
|Notebooks, Journals, and Memory|
|Perspective, Distance, and Point of View|
|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|
|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|
|Christmas Eve at Johnson's Drugs N Goods|
|Some of Our Work with Monsters|
|How to Talk to a Hunter|
|Live Life King Sized|
|A Good Man Is Hard to Find|
|The Appaloosa House|
|Under the Roof|
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