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

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

by Barbara Baig

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599632025
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 08/30/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 978 KB

About 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.

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 Waking Up the Content-Mind: The Basic Practices 34

Section 2 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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How to Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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This book is a well-written text on learning to write. All beginning writers should read it!
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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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.