Kicking In the Wall: A Year of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Quotes to Help You Break Through Your Blocks and Reach Your Writing Goals [NOOK Book]

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When Patti Smith was plagued with writer’s block — “scattered and stymied, surrounded by unfinished songs and abandoned poems” — playwright Sam Shepard advised her, “When you hit a wall, just kick it in.” In these pages, Abercrombie shows readers how to do just that. Like a workout with a top trainer, her writing exercises warm up, stretch, and build creative muscle. Quotes from famous writers inspire each day’s exercise. Though Abercrombie says readers need only commit five minutes to each exercise, she writes, ...
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Kicking In the Wall: A Year of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Quotes to Help You Break Through Your Blocks and Reach Your Writing Goals

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Overview

When Patti Smith was plagued with writer’s block — “scattered and stymied, surrounded by unfinished songs and abandoned poems” — playwright Sam Shepard advised her, “When you hit a wall, just kick it in.” In these pages, Abercrombie shows readers how to do just that. Like a workout with a top trainer, her writing exercises warm up, stretch, and build creative muscle. Quotes from famous writers inspire each day’s exercise. Though Abercrombie says readers need only commit five minutes to each exercise, she writes, “I’ve seen novels, memoirs, and many essays get started” in those five minutes, “and a lot ended up being published.” Her playful, powerful method is ideal — maybe even essential — fuel for writers trying to get off the starting block, persevere through challenges, and cross their personal creativity finish lines.
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Praise for A Year of Writing Dangerously:
“Turn to [it] every morning, noon, or night when you sit down to write.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608681570
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 447,195
  • File size: 375 KB

Meet the Author

Barbara Abercrombie has published novels, children’s picture books — including the award-winning Charlie Anderson — and works of nonfiction. Her personal essays have appeared in national publications as well as in many anthologies. She received the Outstanding Instructor Award and the Distinguished Instructor Award at UCLA Extension, where she teaches creative writing in the Writers’ Program. She also conducts private writing retreats and writes a weekly blog at WritingTime.typepad.com. She lives with her husband, Robert V. Adams, and their rescue dog, Nelson, in Santa Monica, California.
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