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The I Ching for Writers: Finding the Page Inside Youby Sarah Jane Sloane
Synopses & Reviews
The ancient oracle system of I Ching has provided guidance to wisdom seekers for 5,000 years. Now writers seeking ideas and motivation can take advantage of these ancient predictions, recast by Sarah Jane Sloane into relevant suggestions for contemporary writers. Each of the I Ching's 64 hexagrams, interpreted by Sloane from years of study as well as from comparisons of over fifty translations, offers commentary and direction for what the future will hold for the writer. In addition to this oracular system of advice, the book outlines the five stages of the writing process — brainstorming, planning, generating a first draft, revising the draft, and polishing — and provides a clear introduction to the philosophy of the I Ching. Inspirational quotations, writing prompts, solutions to common writing problems, and over 270 activities, exercises and suggestions are also included in this wonderful exploration of the creative process.
Book News Annotation:
Sloane (creative writing, Colorado State U.) utilizes the ancient I Ching divination method as a tool for helping writers deal with their writing demons. She briefly introduces its history before offering advice on questions to ask in consulting the I Ching on blocks to writing. The guide includes writing exercises, a glossary of literary terms, and identification key for the 64 hexagrams.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Creative writing professor Sarah Jane Sloane jump starts the creative process with nearly 512 writing activities, exercises, and suggestions, each one connected to one of the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching. Each hexagram's interpretation is the author's own, derived from years of study, as well as from comparisons of over fifty translations of the I Ching.
In addition to this oracular system of advice, Sloane presents a clear introduction to the philosophy of the I Ching. She also includes inspirational quotations, writing prompts, solutions to common writing problems, and a wonderful exploration of the creative process developed from her expertise as a teacher of creative writing. Sloane also outlines the five stages of the writing process — brainstorming, planning, generating a first draft, revising the draft, and polishing — and provides serious writers with 75 exercises to help with these stages.
About the Author
Sarah Jane Sloane is a working writer and associate professor of English at Colorado State University. She lectures frequently on topics ranging from how to get started as a writer to the element of chance in writing.
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