How to Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play [NOOK Book]

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Athletes practice. Musicians practice. As a writer you need to do the same. Whether you have dreams of writing a novel or a memoir or a collection of poems, or you simply want to improve your everyday writing, this innovative book will show you how to build your skills by way of practice.

Through playful and purposeful exercises, you'll develop your natural aptitude for communication, strengthening your ability to come up with things to say, ...

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How to Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play

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Overview

Athletes practice. Musicians practice. As a writer you need to do the same. Whether you have dreams of writing a novel or a memoir or a collection of poems, or you simply want to improve your everyday writing, this innovative book will show you how to build your skills by way of practice.

Through playful and purposeful exercises, you'll develop your natural aptitude for communication, strengthening your ability to come up with things to say, and your ability to get those things into the minds (and the hearts) of readers. You'll learn to:

  • Train and develop your writer's powers—creativity, memory, observation, imagination, curiosity, and the subconscious
  • Understand the true nature of the relationship between you and your readers
  • Find your writer's voice
  • Get required writing projects done so you have more time for the writing you want to do
  • And much more
Empowering and down-to-earth, How to Be a Writer gives you the tools you need, and tells you what (and how) to practice so that you can become the writer you want to be.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a wise, humane and practical book for anyone who wants to write; it guides the novice and re-awakens the veteran to processes and practices which can bring out the best writing in all of us."
—Emma Darwin, author of A Secret Alchemy

"How To Be Writer is the writing coach you always wanted but never knew how to find. Distilling thirty years of writing and teaching, author Barbara Baig serves up substance and support in her own sparkling prose. Any writer in search of encouragement and inspiration needs only one notebook, one pen, and a copy of this book."
—Kate Whouley, author of Cottage for Sale, Must Be Moved

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599632025
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 8/30/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 588,803
  • File size: 951 KB

Meet the Author

Writer and self-described "maverick educator" Barbara Baig has been helping adults and college students learn how to write since 1984. Barbara's real-world writing experience, combined with her passion for teaching, has enabled her to develop an approach that is innovative, practical, and empowering, helpful to amateur and professional writers alike.

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Table of Contents

Welcome 1

SECTION 1 GETTING STARTED

Chapter 1 What Is Writing Practice (and How Do I Do It)? 11

Chapter 2 Starting the Journey 29

Chapter 3 Working Up the Content-Mind: The Basic Practices 34

SECTION 2 A WRITER'S POWERS

Chapter 4 Creativity 57

Chapter 5 Memory and Expertise 69

Chapter 6 Observation 76

Chapter 7 Imagination 89

Chapter 8 The Subconscious 108

Chapter 9 Curiosity 114

Chapter 10 The Sherlock Holmes School of Writing 131

SECTION 3 MOVING TOWARD READERS

Chapter 11 Tools for Developing Your Material 135

Chapter 12 Your Relationship with Readers 150

Chapter 13 Telling Stories 170

Chapter 14 Voice 184

Chapter 15 A Few Words on Words 192

SECTION 4 REQUIRED WRITING

Chapter 16 Do I Have to Write That? 198

Chapter 17 Getting It Written 204

SECTION 5 STAYING ON THE PATH

Chapter 18 Walking the Writer's Way 241

Appendix: A Writer's Bookshelf 255

Notes 257

Acknowledgements 260

Index 263

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    For people who want to learn to write!

    This book is a well-written text on learning to write. All beginning writers should read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Some motivating words

    I didn't find too much new here but I found it motivating to realize that so many others feel much the same as I do and confront the same challenges.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    I do not recommend

    Perhaps I've read too many writing books in my time but I felt the advice was mostly a waste, with nothing at all on word craft. To make matters worse the advice she did impart was repeated ad nauseum. Truly, what she had to say should have been clear to a sixth grader without repetitions. I guess it was the only way to make it long enough to be called a book. Way too much wordage for the one or two semi-helpful hints.

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