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The Playful Way to Serious Writing
     

The Playful Way to Serious Writing

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by Roberta Allen
 

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For anyone who has ever dreaded the blank page or struggled to find something to write and then agonized over how best to write it, or has simply found writing to be hard work, The Playful Way to Serious Writing breaks down common writing barriers and frees the writer within. Drawing on extensive experience in teaching creative writing and a lifetime of free

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For anyone who has ever dreaded the blank page or struggled to find something to write and then agonized over how best to write it, or has simply found writing to be hard work, The Playful Way to Serious Writing breaks down common writing barriers and frees the writer within. Drawing on extensive experience in teaching creative writing and a lifetime of free artistic expression, Roberta Allen, novelist, short story writer, and author of Fast Fiction, has created a unique book of writing exercises packed with hundreds of verbal directives and visual cues. The key, Allen says, is ENERGY, "the force behind the words, the desire to bring forth something that has never before existed." Allen's ENERGY METHOD, which focuses creativity without interruption or that nagging inner critic, can be used for any type of creative effort at any level -- stories, novels, plays, memoirs, sketches, journals, and more. Attractive, engaging, funny, and free ranging, The Playful Way to Serious Writingis more than just a writing guide -- it is an endless sourcebook of ideas and a trusted creative companion.

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Publishers Weekly
Were a creative writing professor and a kindergarten teacher to conspire on a writing guide, it might look something like The Playful Way to Serious Writing: An Anything-Can-Happen Workbook to Inspire and Delight. In a big font that looks remarkably like a school teacher's penmanship, Roberta Allen (Fast Fiction; The Dreaming Girl) espouses the "ENERGY method" of finding your inner voice; it is, she says, "a way to break that shell of fear," "bypass the inner voice that stops you" and " lose yourself like a child in the magic of creating." Suspension of cynicism is required, of course: write about what an FBI agent would think of your life, or choose a letter that has the most "ENERGY" and pen a story featuring words starting with that letter, and Allen is there to warmly cheer you along. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618197293
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
None
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(d)

Meet the Author


ROBERTA ALLEN is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Playful Way to Serious Writing and Fast Fiction. Currently on the faculty of the New School, Allen is also an established visual artist and has exhibited worldwide, with work in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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The Playful Way to Serious Writing 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a professional writer, but even I found this book useful, to get me writing again when I'm stuck. Unlike most books that am to help you write--most of which are written in a tedious style that belies the intent of the work--this book is fun & exciting, from its picture-based exercises to the physical appearance of the book: casual fun exciting. It doesn't tell you how to write, it provokes you to write!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book contains exercises to stimulate your writing ability. The book has been used by such diverse groups as grad students doing PhD dissertations, elementary school students, college students and professionals. The exercises are designed to stimulate both parts of the brain--the left, or verbal side and the right, which is more pictorial and less verbal. Some of the verbal exercises have you finish the sentence "Before..." as in "Before the Texan had finished speaking" or "After" as in "After he had called off the wedding...." Still others have you write a piece based on a picture in the book, or a feeling of energy, or a taste, a smell, something non-verbal. I have had fun doing writing that is stimulated by such assignments. It is actually surprising what can come out of your typewriter (or laptop, in my case) when you just let loose on one of these larks. I recommend this book especially for middle school and high school students who need tutoring in writing and find it dry going. Instead of term papers or compositions, these writing exercises can provoke even the dullest student to pour out their feelings on paper.