Now Write!: Fiction Writing Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers
What's the secret behind the successful and prolific careers of critically acclaimed novelists and short...more
I had a moment where I laughed out loud. Amidst the usual exercises on character and point of view there was this advice from Kathleen Spivak in her "The Writing Exercise: A Recipe."
Ingredients and Preparation
Before bedtime, pick up the alarm clock. Set it to ring two hours earlier than your usual wake-up time.
Exactly what it says it is: a compendium of writing exercises from various folks. Ellis herself is entirely transparent aside from a brief introduction; from there, it's the writers and nothing but.
Needless to say, in a book like this, especially with so many different contributors (there are eighty-two different sections), you're bound to have some inconsistency. As well, it sometimes seems a ...more
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Now Write! provides exercises for POV, character development, dialogue, plot and pacing, setting and description, craft, and revision.
I recommend bringing along some sticky labels to bookmark your favorite writing exercises. Definitely a book you’ll keep coming back to again and again.
I’d love to hear what you think. This exercise is the outgrowth of two decades of teaching creative writing to visual artists @rhodeislandschoolofdesign. Thanks 🙏 to all my students! I miss you! ❤️