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Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process by [Elbow, Peter]
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About the Author

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1323 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (9 July 1998)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SIL92C
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #419,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
It is in fact very simple: This book - or rather, an older, former edition of it - was given to me as a birthday present ten years ago. Ever since I have been writing. Writingwritingwriting. Today I am a professionel prose writer. Writing is how I make my living. I write fiction, essays, feature-, science-, and literary journalism in Denmarks leading newspaper. But it all began with this book. With its fine "questions to help you write about ..." (e.g. Is your problem a type of insanity? Do you need to take a pill, or to be cared for and nursed while living trough the madness). With its fundamental division between being creative and being discriminating. With its very clear and - frankly - choking ways of presenting things in a way that can make you believe in yourself. I found the book here on the net, because I am going to buy it. My first copy was almost used up, when I lented it to someone who didn't return it. No wonder. But, Rebecca, when you are finished could you pass it on? Please. Someone else might need it.
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Excellent book. It takes you through many different forms of writing and makes you feel it's not just possible, but easy and enjoyable. Many 'how to' books do that, of course - but this guy knows his onions and by the time you've read the book, you too can tell a shallot from a scallion.
My favourite chapter - Poetry as no Big Deal.
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Experienced writer Peter Elbow takes issue with "the dangerous method" of writing: trying to turn out a good written product at one sitting. We are lured into this approach by its false potential to save time and effort. As readers, we move rapidly through well-written prose, enjoying the experience and assuming that the author has moved just as quickly and with as little effort in producing it. Not so, warns Elbow. We need to throw off the pressures of procrastination and deadlines to learn a better way.

The beginning of wisdom is to see writing as two processes. Writers should first give free reign to their creativity, getting as much written as possible. It is not yet the time for criticism or correction, but for fostering the flow of ideas and impressions from the writer's mind--conscious and unconscious--to paper or computer screen. Only after this fountain has gushed forth its all does the task turn to the careful shaping of ideas for the reader and clearing away all but necessary detail. Elbow's central message is that we should use the strengths of both processes, neither stifling our writing with premature evaluation nor abandoning our creative concepts before they have been fully formed.

Elbow's book supports development of our writing abilities within this two-part framework. The first section introduces the two core writing processes and emphasizes the value of freewriting early in the process and of obtaining feedback from others later on. The next two sections present techniques for getting words on paper and for revising those words into a readable final product. The three sections in the book's second half elaborate the author's writing model. Readers learn to identify their intended audience and use them to bring focus to their writing.
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The cover of this book doesn't do it justice. You would think as i did - this looks too formal and overly technical. However, as any good writer knows, one shouldn't be too infuenced by outwood appearances.
When you start reading this book it is immediate that this author knows what he is talking about. This author does not want you to believe all the stuff you've been told over the years. He takes a fresh approach, an approach that can easily be related to in all who read it. The sort of 'mad professor' angle.
Being as he is experienced in the teaching of good writing he has the fortune of examples to draw back on. This gives his examination and writing a human touch. One that is blessed with true life experiences which can instantly relate to you and me the reality of writing for real. The reality of writing not because you feel obliged (as if you are writing an essay) but simply because you love the process, creative expression and finished product of writing.
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This handbook is a very valuable tool in assisting me with my creative writing module. I am using it in conjunction with the course materials provided for the course. Peter Elbow has written the book in such a way that is straight forward and easy to follow. The advice is practical and suits all styles of creative writers. I am glad that I purchased the book which was mentioned in the creative writing course book, otherwise I would probably not have found it. Thank you.
Regards,

Shirley.
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