Creative Writing the Easy Way

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Overview

Books in the popular Easy Way series present basic subject matter in clear language. Material is presented in a way that makes these books ideal as self-teaching guides, but Easy Way titles are also preferred by many teachers as supplements to classroom textbooks. General readers seeking out information often turn to Easy Way titles for general background and orientation when starting out in new career-related fields. All Easy Way books contain both short quizzes and longer tests with answers to help readers gauge their learning progress. Subject heads and key phrases are set in a second color for quick and easy reference. This all-new title discusses, analyzes, and offers exercises in prose forms. It describes uses of written verbal imagery and symbolism and instructs on descriptive and dramatic writing, with sample passages to demonstrate good style.

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Ultimately all the advice to would-be writers of any age comes down to this command: Write. Hirschi spells it out in the introduction-the point of this book is to get writing. By establishing a writing practice and putting words to paper-the easy part-the writer can develop the required skills. The first few chapters advocate sound techniques, including setting aside time to write every day, journaling, and free writing (continuously writing for a set period of time). There are writing practice and journal exercises for each topic, from descriptive writing to characterization. Once the basics are covered, however, the book quickly bogs down in an incongruous mix of practical writing advice, academic literary theory, and pithy quotes. The chapter on novel writing focuses on the history of the novel and offers little concrete advice. The section on romance discusses the gender theory of feminine desire and subjectivity but glosses over the structure and formula of genre romance novels in two sentences. Although there are some excellent quotations on writing, the context is often irrelevant. Many sample texts used-including material by Virginia Woolf, Octavia Butler, and James Joyce-are too complex to accurately illustrate basic characterization or point of view. Although the first third of this book provides some solid advice and techniques, the remainder, with its lapses into academia and heavy reliance on literary classics, will likely lack relevance to all but the most literary-minded teen readers. VOYA CODES: 2Q 2P J S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High,defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Barron's, 168p.; Index. Biblio. Further Reading., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18.
—Elisabeth Hegerat
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764125799
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Series: Easy Way Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,403,340
  • Product dimensions: 7.88 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Table of Contents



Table of Contents:




  • Introduction


    Is Creative Writing "Easy"?


    Journals


    Freewriting


    PART ONE: GET STARTED


  • Court Your Muse


  • Write Before You Think


  • Write Your Story


    PART TWO: ELEMENTS


  • Twisted Characters


  • "Would You Please Be Quiet, Please?"


  • Time and Space: Setting and Perspective


    PART THREE: FORM AND GENRE


  • The Short Story


  • The Novel


  • Creative Nonfiction


  • Genre Fiction


    PART FOUR: IT'S NOT OVER


  • Look Again: Revision


  • Some Words on Writer's Block


  • Get Out There: Publish

Appendix A: Sample Narratives from Famous Authors


Appendix B: Sample Student Narratives


Glossary of Terms


Suggested Reading and Resources for Writers


Bibliography


Acknowledgments


Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    Stimulating and Fun

    Creative Writing: The Easy Way is clearly written and accessible to writers at any level of their craft. The exercises helped me to discover patterns in my writing and make changes when necessary. The work the book suggests is challenging, as well. I travel often so I hope Barron's puts out a pocket size for on-the-road-travel- light folks.

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