For anyone who has ever dreaded the blank page or struggled to find something to write and then agonized over how best to write it, or has simply found writing to be hard work, The Playful Way to Serious Writing breaks down common writing barriers and frees the writer within. Drawing on extensive experience in teaching creative writing and a lifetime of free artistic expression, Roberta Allen, novelist, short story writer, and author of Fast Fiction, has created a unique book of writing exercises packed with hundreds of verbal directives and visual cues. The key, Allen says, is ENERGY, "the force behind the words, the desire to bring forth something that has never before existed." Allen's ENERGY METHOD, which focuses creativity without interruption or that nagging inner critic, can be used for any type of creative effort at any level -- stories, novels, plays, memoirs, sketches, journals, and more. Attractive, engaging, funny, and free ranging, The Playful Way to Serious Writingis more than just a writing guide -- it is an endless sourcebook of ideas and a trusted creative companion.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(d)|
About the Author
ROBERTA ALLEN is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Playful Way to Serious Writing and Fast Fiction. Allen is also an established visual artist and has exhibited worldwide, with work in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm a professional writer, but even I found this book useful, to get me writing again when I'm stuck. Unlike most books that am to help you write--most of which are written in a tedious style that belies the intent of the work--this book is fun & exciting, from its picture-based exercises to the physical appearance of the book: casual fun exciting. It doesn't tell you how to write, it provokes you to write!!!
This book contains exercises to stimulate your writing ability. The book has been used by such diverse groups as grad students doing PhD dissertations, elementary school students, college students and professionals. The exercises are designed to stimulate both parts of the brain--the left, or verbal side and the right, which is more pictorial and less verbal. Some of the verbal exercises have you finish the sentence "Before..." as in "Before the Texan had finished speaking" or "After" as in "After he had called off the wedding...." Still others have you write a piece based on a picture in the book, or a feeling of energy, or a taste, a smell, something non-verbal. I have had fun doing writing that is stimulated by such assignments. It is actually surprising what can come out of your typewriter (or laptop, in my case) when you just let loose on one of these larks. I recommend this book especially for middle school and high school students who need tutoring in writing and find it dry going. Instead of term papers or compositions, these writing exercises can provoke even the dullest student to pour out their feelings on paper.