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9780062720061

What If? : Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers

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  • ISBN13:

    9780062720061

  • ISBN10:

    0062720066

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-07-14
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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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

Beginnings
Notebooks, Journals, and Memory
Characterization
Perspective, Distance, and Point of View
Dialogue
Plot
The Elements of Style
A Writer's Tools
Invention and Transformation
Story Elements and forms as a Given
Revision: Rewriting is Writing
Games
Learning from the Greats
A Collection of Short Fiction
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