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Now Write!: Fiction Writing Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers [Paperback]

By Sherry Ellis (Editor)
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Pages   269
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 7, 2006
Publisher   Tarcher
Age  18
ISBN  1585425222  
EAN  9781585425228  

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A collection of personal writing exercises and commentary from some of today's top novelists, short story authors, and writing teachers includes Jill McCorkle's strategies for developing plot options, Amy Bloom's recommendations about writing through workshops, and Steve Almond's shortcuts for writing effectively. Original.

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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.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sherry Ellis is the editor of NOW WRITE! Fiction Writing Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers and NOW WRITE! NONFICTION, as well as a personal writing coach. Her author interviews have appeared in the Kenyon Review, The Writer's Chronicle, Glimmer Train, and AGNI, as well as other literary and arts magazines. She lives in Massachusetts.

Sherry Ellis was born in 1950.

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Inconsistent, but not bad.  Nov 20, 2008
Sherry Ellis (ed.), Now Write!: Fiction Exercises from Today's Best Teachers and Writers (Tarcher, 2006)

Exactly what it says it is: a compendium of writing exercises from various folks. Ellis herself is entirely transparent aside from a brief introduction; from there, it's the writers and nothing but.

Needless to say, in a book like this, especially with so many different contributors (there are eighty-two different sections), you're bound to have some inconsistency. As well, it sometimes seems as if there's just too much of a good thing; we go right from one exercise into the next, with only the barest separation into chapters designed to highlight different emphases in the exercises. I think most people will find a handful, or maybe a dozen, exercises they like and continually come back to those, rather than utilizing everything in the book. ***

One of the better ones  Jan 28, 2008
I walked away with two very good ideas. There seems to be a deluge of this type of book right now. Tips and hints from a multitude of people that may, or may not, work for you. I'm waiting for the one that points out, on every page, that while you're reading it you aren't actually writing.
A highly recommended, practical guide for any aspiring writer seeking to take independent study to the next level.  Dec 5, 2006
Edited by personal writing coach Sherry Ellis, Now Write!: Fiction Writing Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers is a carefully selected collection of writing exercises from some of today's most acclaimed fiction writers such as Steve Almond, Jayne Anne Phillips, Virgil Suarez, and more. From activities just to get motivated practicing writing, to ones focusing on point of view, character development, dialogue, plot and pacing, setting and description, revisions, and more, Now Write! focuses on ideas to get aspiring and practicing writers' creative juices flowing, or engage in activities such as learning to identify the distinctions between real dialogue and smooth, fictional dialogue. Prefacing each idea is a couple pages of solid advice and concepts to keep in mind when crafting the next potential masterpiece. A highly recommended, practical guide for any aspiring writer seeking to take independent study to the next level.
Hints and tips used by the pros in their writing  Nov 19, 2006
Writing is both an art and a science.

The art comes from the invention you have to make of creating a character, a situation, a story that exists only in your own mind and getting that vision onto paper. It's this art, this ability to see a Mona Lisa on a piece of canvas, a David in a block of marble, a novel in a pile of paper that sets the writer aside from the rest of us. This is extremely difficult to teach.

The science of writing is a series of hints, tips, rules, procedures or whatever you choose to call them that have been developed over the years to enable the writer to produce work of the best quality he can. The science of writing is what this book is all about.

The author has worked with eighty-seven writers who have developed techniques to help them with their own writing. They are written in the form of exercises for the reader to do to help him find the ones that will help him write.
Great Resource for Beginners and Advanced Writing Students  Nov 5, 2006
Now Write! is an amazing compilation of exercises for the writer just getting started, or the advanced writing student who needs help in a slump or with a specific problem of craft. Organized into sections that allow you to focus on problem areas, Ms. Ellis's book brings together exercises by many of the best writers of our era (e.g. Edgerton, Abani, Livesey, Vreeland, and others). Kaplan's exercise on "smushing seed ideas together" in Now Write! has profoundly changed the way I think about writing and the quality of the material that I generate.

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