Writing With Power Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-07-09
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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A classic handbook for anyone who needs to write,Writing With Powerspeaks to everyone who has wrestled with words while seeking to gain power with them. Here, Peter Elbow emphasizes that the essential activities underlying good writing and the essential exercises promoting it are really not difficult at all. Employing a cookbook approach, Elbow provides the reader (and writer) with various recipes: for getting words down on paper, for revising, for dealing with an audience, for getting feedback on a piece of writing, and still other recipes for approaching the mystery of power in writing. In a new introduction, he offers his reflections on the original edition, discusses the responses from people who have followed his techniques, how his methods may differ from other processes, and how his original topics are still pertinent to today's writer. By taking risks and embracing mistakes, Elbow hopes the writer may somehow find a hold on the creative process and be able to heighten two mentalities--the production of writing and the revision of it.

Author Biography

Peter Elbow is Professor of English and Director of the writing program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Table of Contents

Note to the Readerp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction to the Second Editionp. xiii
Some Essentialsp. 3
An Approach to Writingp. 6
Freewritingp. 13
Sharingp. 20
The Direct Writing Process for Getting Words on Paperp. 26
Quick Revisingp. 32
The Dangerous Method: Trying to Write It Right the First Timep. 39
More Ways of Getting Words on Paperp. 47
The Open-Ended Writing Processp. 50
The Loop Writing Processp. 59
Metaphors for Priming the Pump2605p. 78
Working on Writing While Not Thinking about Writingp. 94
Poetry as No Big Dealp. 101
More Ways to Revisep. 121
Thorough Revisingp. 128
Revising with Feedbackp. 139
Cut-And-Paste Revising and the Collagep. 146
The Lost Step: Getting Rid of Mistakes in Grammarp. 167
Nauseap. 173
Audiencep. 177
Other Peoplep. 181
Audience as Focusing Forcep. 191
Three Tricky Relationships to an Audiencep. 199
Writing for Teachersp. 216
Feedbackp. 237
Criterion-Based Feedback and Reader-Based Feedbackp. 240
A Catalogue of Criterion-Based Questionsp. 252
A Catalogue of Reader-Based Questionsp. 255
Options for Getting Feedbackp. 264
Power in Writingp. 279
Writing and Voicep. 281
How to Get Power through Voicep. 304
Breathing Experience into Wordsp. 314
Breathing Experience into Expository Writingp. 339
Writing and Magicp. 357
A Select Annotated Bibliography on Publishingp. 375
Indexp. 379
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