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 powerscreativity, 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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Table of Contents
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a well-written text on learning to write. All beginning writers should read it!
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.
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.