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Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman's Guide to Igniting the Writer Within

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"PEN ON FIRE soars with inspiration and crackles with joy. It's a blessing for anyone going crazy trying to find time to write." --Carolyn See, author of Making a Literary Life

In her years of teaching, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett has found aspiring writers (especially women) blocked not by fear of the blank page but by the lack of time. We're sure we need an afternoon to do any real writing, but finding even an hour free of work, children, or chores can seem impossible.

But you don't need an hour. Start looking for just fifteen minutes a day — minutes spent stalled in traffic, waiting for water to boil, stuck on hold with the phone company - and DeMarco-Barrett will help you turn them into productive sessions that get and keep your creativity flowing. In short, inspiring chapters, she offers classroom-tested exercises and innovative techniques for generating ideas, as well as advice from well-known authors. Give her fifteen minutes: She'll ignite your pen and help you become the writer you have always wanted to be.

"So many people have told me they are burning to write, but can't seem to find a spare moment. I wish I could track them all down now and hand each of them a copy of Pen on Fire." --Gayle Brandeis, author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who

Write

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett teaches creative writing at the University of California Irvine. She also hosts and produces "Writers on Writing," a radio show on KUCI-FM on which she interviews authors. She is a contributor to the Los Angeles Times and The Writer magazine, and edits The ASJA Monthly, the official publication for the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She lives in Southern California with her family. She can be reached through www.penonfire.com.

Synopsis:

In her fifteen years of teaching, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett has found that the biggest stumbling block for aspiring writers (especially women) is not fear of the blank page but frustration with the lack of time. What woman doesn't have too much to do and too little time? Finding an hour free of work, children, or obligations can seem impossible.

But anyone can find fifteen minutes, whether you're sitting in traffic, waiting at a child's soccer practice, or watching the coffee drip. DeMarco-Barrett has created a practical, inspirational guide for fitting serious writing into those stolen moments. She offers writing exercises and techniques for generating ideas, as well as pragmatic advice from the well-known authors who appear on her radio show. With fifteen minutes a day, she can help you to ignite your pen and become the writer you have always wanted to be.

About the Author

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett teaches creative writing at University of California-Irvine and hosts the weekly radio show, "Writers on Writing," on NPR affiliate KUCI. She is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, The Writer, and Poets & Writers, among other publications, and is editor of The ASJA Monthly, the official publication of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She lives in Southern California.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Before You Begin

Writing Like There's No Tomorrow

Late Bloomers

Hang a Partition

Getting Started

Stolen Moments

Freewriting Shall Set You Free

Load the Basket, Fill the Jug

Harvesting Words

First Lines

Create a Written Snapshot

Through a Child's Eyes and Ears

Making Lists

Start Small

Regarding Research

Tools & Rituals

Leave Your Shoes at the Door

Writers' Utensils

Where Writers Work

Walk! Refresh! Have Fun!

Motel Motivation

Napkins, Notebooks, and Journals

Teaching Your Pen to Listen

Writers Groups

Mining Your Life

Expose Yourself

Celebrate Your Otherness

Using the Ones You Love

Breaking the Chains

Words Can Be So Powerful

Life Imitating Art

Beads of Sweat . . . or Pleasure

Craft

Form

Plot or Not

Creating Tension

Voice and Style

Play to Your Strength

Point of View

Titles: The Port of Entry

Character Building

Compassion 101

Say What? Writing Dialogue

Set the Stage

Poetry: The Beautiful Stepchild

Obsessed with Detail

Revision

You Are What You Read

Overcoming The Obstacles

That Black Hole: TV

Housework

Eddiction.com

Fickle Minds

Rejection

Green with Envy

Trusting Fear

Mentors

Keep Your Lips Sealed

Significant Others

Living The Life

Marketplace Madness

Sacrifice

Literary Agents

Set Your Pen on Fire

Acknowledgments

Suggested Reading

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156029780
Author:
DeMarco-Barrett, Barbara
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Location:
Orlando
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Creativity
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
SEL031000
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 389
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.58 lb

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In her fifteen years of teaching, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett has found that the biggest stumbling block for aspiring writers (especially women) is not fear of the blank page but frustration with the lack of time. What woman doesn't have too much to do and too little time? Finding an hour free of work, children, or obligations can seem impossible.

But anyone can find fifteen minutes, whether you're sitting in traffic, waiting at a child's soccer practice, or watching the coffee drip. DeMarco-Barrett has created a practical, inspirational guide for fitting serious writing into those stolen moments. She offers writing exercises and techniques for generating ideas, as well as pragmatic advice from the well-known authors who appear on her radio show. With fifteen minutes a day, she can help you to ignite your pen and become the writer you have always wanted to be.

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