Creative Writing the Easy Way

Creative Writing the Easy Way

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by Heather Hirschi
     
 

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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

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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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VOYA
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764125799
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Easy Way Series
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,363,260
Product dimensions:
7.88(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.17(d)

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Creative Writing the Easy Way 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.