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A collection of personal writing exercises and commentary from some of today's best novelists, short story writers, and writing teachers, including Jill McCorkle, Amy Bloom, Robert Olen Butler, Steve Almond, Jayne Anne Phillips, Virgil Suarez, Margot Livesay, and more.

What's the secret behind the successful and prolific careers of critically acclaimed novelists and short story writers Amy Bloom, Steve Almond, Jayne Anne Phillips, Alison Lurie, and others? Divine assistance? Otherworldly talent? An unsettlingly close relationship with the Muse? While the rest of us are staring at blank sheets of paper, struggling to come up with a first sentence, these writers are busy polishing off story after story and novel after novel. Despite producing work that may seem effortless, all of them have a simple technique for fending off writer's block: the writing exercise. In Now Write!, Sherry Ellis collects the personal writing exercises of today's best writers and lays bare the secret to their success.

- In "The Photograph," Jill McCorkle divulges one of her tactics for handling material that takes plots in a million different directions;

- National Book Award-nominee Amy Bloom offers "Water Buddies," an exercise for writers practicing their craft in workshops;

- Steve Almond, author of My Life in Heavy Metal and Candyfreak, provides a way to avoiding purple prose in "The Five-Second Shortcut to Writing in the Lyric Register";

- and eighty-three more of the country's top writers disclose their strategies for creating memorable prose.

Complemented by brief commentary from the authors themselves, the exercises in Now Write! are practical and hands-on. By encouraging writers to shamelessly steal proven techniques that have yielded books which have won National Book Awards, Pulitzers, and Guggenheim grants, Now Write! inspires the aspiring writer to write now.

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This volume is a collection of personal writing exercises and commentary from some of today's best novelists, short story writers, and writing teachers including Jill McCorkle, Amy Bloom, Robert Olen Butler, Steve Almond, Jayne Anne Phillips, Virgin Surez, Margot Livesay, and more.

About the Author

Sherry Ellis is the editor of NOW WRITE! Fiction Writing Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers and NOW WRITE! NONFICTION, as well as a personal writing coach. Her author interviews have appeared in the Kenyon Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, Glimmer Train, and AGNI, as well as other literary and arts magazines. She lives in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Now Write! Editor's Note

Get Writing!

Jayne Anne Phillips

Wedding Pictures

Robert Olen Butler

Through the Senses

Alison Lurie

My Pet

Alice Mattison

Two People Come Out of a Building and Into a Story

Alexander Chee

The Seed

Diana Abu-Jaber

Truthful Dare

Jill McCorkle

The Photograph

Rick Hillis

The Prefab Story Exercise

Maria Flook

The Upside-Down Bird: Hybridizing Memory, Place, and Invention

Paul Lisicky

A Map to Anywhere

Chuck Wachtel

Starting with the News

Debra Spark

Wedding Cake Assignment

Katherine A. Vaz

A Tabula Rasa Experiment

Karen Brennan

Collage

Dan Wakefield

The Five Senses

Crystal Wilkinson

Birth of a Story in an Hour or Less

Laurie Foos

Surrealism Exercise, or Thinking Outside the Box

Leslie Schwartz

Overcoming Dry Spells

Virgil Suárez

Field Trip

David Michael Kaplan

Smushing Seed Ideas Together

Kathleen Spivack

The Writing Exercise: A Recipe

Point of View

Nina de Gramont

Story to Tell

Maureen McCoy

First-Person Point of View: Imagining and Inhabiting Character

Clyde Edgerton

You-Me-I-You in the Cafeteria

Martha Cooley

Getting Characters' Ages Right

Paula Morris

What Are They Thinking? A Point-of-View Exercise Daphne Kalotay

Third-Person Narration and "Psychic Distance"

Eileen Pollack

Look Backward, Angel

Laura Kasischke

Let the Dead Speak: An Exercise in First-Person Narration

Character Development

Kay Sloan

Empathy and the Creation of Character

Michelle Herman

What's Under the Surface?

Lauren Grodstein

The Interview

Elizabeth Graver

"Once Upon a Time": Playing with Time in Fiction

Robert Anthony Siegel

Why I Stole It

Chris Abani

Language Portrait

Rachel Basch

Paw Through Their Pockets, Rifle Through Their Drawers

Maxine Chernoff

Mr. Samsa, Meet Bartleby

Michelle Brooks

Rattlesnake in the Drawer

K. L. Cook

A Family Theme, a Family Secret

Michael Datcher

Characters in Conflict

Edie Meidav

The Voyager: Write What You Don't Know

Joan Silber

Getting Dramatic

Mary Yukari Waters

Developing Your Characters

Lise Haines

The Way They Do the Things They Do

Cai Emmons

Braiding time

Dialogue

Steven Schwartz

Snoop 'Da Dialogue

Sands Hall

Dialogue Without Words

Lon Otto

Hearing Voices

Thomas Fox Averill

Dialogue Exercise: The Non-Apology

Douglas Unger

Level of Dialogue

Plot and Pacing

Dan Chaon

Fictional Building Blocks

Renée Manfredi

Keep the Engine Running

Fred Leebron

The Riff

Brent Spencer

Storyboard Your Story

Sean Murphy and Tania Casselle

Sticking to the Structure

Kirby Gann

What Am I Writing About? Clarifying Story Ideas Through Summary

Douglas Bauer

The Richness of Resonance

Setting and Description

Margot Livesey

Setting in Fiction

Jim Heynen

The Character of Setting

Joan Leegant

Animating the Inanimate

Venise Berry

Learning to Layer

Patricia Powell

A Sense of Place

John Smolens

Be the Tree

Geoffrey Becker

A Very, Very Long Sentence

Karen E. Bender

Most Memorable Food: Using Sensory Detail

Bret Anthony Johnston

Like Water for Words: A Simile Exercise

Craft

Susan Vreeland

Finding a Larger Truth by Turning Autobiography into Fiction

Sheila Kohler

Secrets of the Great Scene

Tony Ardizzone

Hemingway's Caroms: Descriptive Showing and Telling

Robert Boswell

How to Own a Story

Elizabeth Searle

Object Lessons

Rosellen Brown

The Goldilocks Method

Sandra Scofield

Big Scenes

Nancy Reisman

Moving Through Time: A Four-Paragraph Short Short

Joy Passanante

Using the Retrospective Lens

Amy Bloom

Water Buddies

Victoria Redel

Listening to Sound to Find Sense

Lynne Barrett

Entrances: Building Bigger Scenes

Steve Almond

The Five-Second Shortcut to Writing in the Lyric Register

Christopher Busa

Meaning Making Via Metaphor

Christopher Castellani

Soundtracking Your Story

Robert Cohen

Negative Capability

Revision

Porter Shreve

Seven Drafts in Seven Days

Ann Harleman

More Is More: An Exercise in Revising Your Story

Brian Kiteey

Potholes

Jonis Agee

The Dark Matter: Twenty Issues in Novel Revision

Author Websites

Acknowledgments

Credits

About the Editor

What Our Readers Are Saying

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Very helpful. The title says it all! Writers beginning and seasoned would find this book helpful.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781585425228
Author:
Ellis, Sherry
Publisher:
Tarcher
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Problems & Exercises
Subject:
English language -- Rhetoric.
Subject:
Creative writing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Fiction
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.22x5.60x.74 in. .61 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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