Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process

Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process

by Peter Elbow, Caroline Murphy
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Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process by Peter Elbow, Caroline Murphy

A classic handbook for anyone who needs to write, Writing With Power speaks to everyone who has wrestled with words while seeking to gain power with them. Here, Peter Elbow emphasizes that the essential activities underlying good writing and the essential exercises promoting it are really not difficult at all. Employing a cookbook approach, Elbow provides the reader (and writer) with various recipes: for getting words down on paper, for revising, for dealing with an audience, for getting feedback on a piece of writing, and still other recipes for approaching the mystery of power in writing. In a new introduction, he offers his reflections on the original edition, discusses the responses from people who have followed his techniques, how his methods may differ from other processes, and how his original topics are still pertinent to today's writer. By taking risks and embracing mistakes, Elbow hopes the writer may somehow find a hold on the creative process and be able to heighten two mentalities--the production of writing and the revision of it. From students and teachers to novelists and poets, Writing with Power reminds us that we can celebrate the uses of mystery, chaos, nonplanning, and magic, while achieving analysis, conscious control, explicitness, and care in whatever it is we set down on paper.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199741045
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/09/1998
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 724,255
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Peter Elbow is Professor of English and Director of the writing program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Writing with Power was a great resource to improve my writing, but as a student it would continually leave me disinterested. The book had great information, and has had some great influences on my writing. I would recommend this book to improve writing, but I will admit kit is not a fun read whatsoever. It is more like a lecture book. It was a lot of help, but I would only recommend it for learning purposes instead of an enjoyable read.