What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers Paperback – 1 Jan 2005
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About the Author
Anne Bernays, a novelist and writing teacher, is the author of eight novels, including Professor Romeo and Growing Up Rich, as well as two works of nonfiction, including The Language of Names written with Justin Kaplan and What If? written with Pamela Painter. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous major publications, among them The Nation, the New York Times, Town & Country, and Sports Illustrated. She lives in Cambridge and Truro, Massachusetts with her husband, Justin Kaplan. They have three daughters and six grandchildren.
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The authors also point out that *everybody's* life is printworthy. If you take the time to remember the large tangle of interesting experiences you've had, many can be used in fiction.
The authors provide concise, succinct instructions, and more importantly, the reasons for each exercise. They also suggest expected outcomes as a result of each exercise's completion. They use student submissions (with permission from the students) to show typical exercise results.
I find this book in tune with my desire to write good fiction and my current writing skill level. I have found the book very useful. I have incorporated several exercises in my daily writing.
I recommend this book to those who do not have easy access
to classroom Creative Writing course work.
Reviewer: David Haseman
+ How to begin a story - First sentences, history, ways to do it
+ Journals and memory - tips on how to store your ideas and think methodically
+ Characterization - putting your heart onto the page, history, memory
It covers everything in a simple easy-to-understand manner that anyone can grasp. It leaves exercises for you to do in your own time that are easy enough to accomplish and really help in the long run, and you can also follow it in any order you want - as it states on the opening page. There's no linear route to how you learn with this book. It is by far one of the best exercise books I have used, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who is looking at this product. I also recommend it to English students or anyone doing something with writing - it is very helpful indeed.
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Glad I did it. This is a very good book. Recommended very highlyPublished 6 months ago by A Morgan-Evans
I really don't like this book. From when I had a copy years ago and tried to find it now, I remembered I had thrown it: Rereading the sample, I understand why. Read morePublished 12 months ago by MaxCal
this is a great book to help you write i enjoy dipping into it all the time to flex the writing muscles and creative thoughtsPublished 12 months ago by S. Eedy
I run classes occasionally and this is an excellent resource. Exercises are easy to adapt, and a lot of fun. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mary P.
Different from most writing books, this is - basically - nothing but writing exercises, intended to help with particular parts of writing. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sue
One of the best Creative Writing books I've found. Great advice and examples. I use it a lot.Published 19 months ago by J. Williams