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What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction…
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What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers (urspr publ 1990; utgåvan 1991)

av Anne Bernays (Författare), Pamela Painter (Författare)

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Organized by the elements of fiction and comprised primarily of writing exercises, this text helps students hone and refine their craft with a practical, hands-on approach to writing fiction.
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Titel:What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers
Författare:Anne Bernays (Författare)
Andra författare:Pamela Painter (Författare)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (1991), Edition: Reissue, 256 pages
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What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers av Anne Bernays (1990)

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In 83 lessons organized into 12 section Bernays and Painter offer advice and suggest activities designed for students and beginning writers. More experienced writers will benefit from the review materials in this book as well.

Readers will find the sections differ in their importance. How to begin a story (Beginnings) and the usefulness of Notebooks, Journals, and Memory will most likely be informative only to those early in their writing career. Beginning writers may also find the inclusion of games and the instruction to learn from the greats to be useful. For more advanced writers the reviews provided by topics such as characterization, perspective and point of view, dialogue, plot and (the potpourri included under the heading) mechanics are likely to be useful despite.

The coverage of each topic generally begins with a short explanation of the essential point. That is followed with an exercise that allows readers to practice the skills and techniques just described. This is the weakest part of the book and I was not moved to attempt most of them. Greater thought in crafting more interesting and practical exercises would improve “What If?” greatly. Most of the chapters conclude with examples that depict student’s responses to the exercise. Reading these examples was the most interesting and fun part of the book.

I found this “What If?” to be useful despite my many years of experience as a writer. ( )
  Tatoosh | Sep 4, 2018 |
Different from most writing books, this is - basically - nothing but writing exercises, intended to help with particular parts of writing. I like the layout, organised roughly into categories, and it’s intended to be something to dip into, for inspiration and ideas. I thought I’d work through this one and began, six months ago, by doing some of the exercises. However I didn't feel able to make the time and abandoned it for a while, then recently read the rest of the book, looking at the exercises and thinking that I might get back to them one day.

There are lots of good points made in the book to illustrate what the exercises are about. The writing prompts encourage the reader to be creative and without necessarily leading to anything longer. There are exercises for honing stories that exist already, for picking out features of other people’s writing, and for trying new techniques. In many of the sections there examples given of student responses to the exercises, done in writing workshops.

The authors are themselves writing coaches as well as writers, and I thought this was an excellent resource, even though I didn't make full use of it. I hope to return to it, however, and dip into it in the future.

Recommended. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Good one. ( )
  Greymowser | Jan 22, 2016 |
While I found the prompts interesting, the sample exercises were all from student work, which I didn't find inspiring to read. Almost all of the exercises were aimed at realistic fiction or personal essays, so if you're writing genre fiction you have to rethink them to make them helpful. ( )
  aulsmith | Feb 6, 2013 |
Good set of exercises for writers. I use the exercises heavily in my creative writing class. Practical and clear. ( )
  jpaulett | Jun 17, 2010 |
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