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Everyday Creative Writing [Paperback]

Michael C. Smith , Suzanne Greenberg

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1 Jan 2000 0844203386 978-0844203386 2nd Revised edition
This work leads students on an exploration of their everyday lives to find inspiration and ideas. Over forty invention exercises show students how to mine their creativity to find gold-creative writing gold-even in the murky bubbles of the kitchen sink. A variety of prewriting tools make it easy for students to dig in and get started, from freewriting and free association to puzzles and computer gaming. Invention exercises spark creativity by using experiences, behaviors, and objects that students are very familiar with, such as family, routines, work, travel, and romance. "Everyday Creative Writing" also shows students how to assess the quality of what they have written, and provides guidelines for submitting finished work for publication.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Mind Yoga 4 Jan 2001
By Linda A. Goin - Published on
Everytime I go to the library, some book I wasn't looking for whispers my name and I feel compelled to check it out. This is what happened with "Everyday Creative Writing."
The writing exercises seem simple at first, but the topics for the exercises are more complex than one might imagine. Smith and Greenberg invite you to "pan for gold" from everyday situations, such as "Why I Will Not Get Out of Bed" and "In the Checkout Line." Then they ask you to "brainstorm," "freewrite" and "free associate" until your mind is open to new possibilities. They also include examples of some topic writings - stories, essays and poetry - that will also jiggle the juices.
After a few days of working the exercises first thing in the morning with my coffee, I was thinking creatively all day. Definitely not a book to try if you want to hold onto Writer's Block. Good stretches for stiff minds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth the money 1 July 2001
By Angela Mohle - Published on
I get tired of the same old prompts and ideas. This book will give you a fresh outlook on a routine exercise. Filled with good ideas and experiments, this book can help anyone improve their writing. It's not a miracle-worker, but it's a fun and easy way to take the baby steps.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Exercises to Stimulate & Stretch the Mind 15 Aug 2000
By Jill M Long - Published on
Glad my grad student sister at CSULB introduced me to this book. She found 'Everyday Creative Writing' in a display of published faculty books. Great writing exercises and ideas for my writing group. Can't wait to try them out next week at our workshop.
- Jill Murphy Long
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