What If? is the first handbook for writers based on the idea that specific exercises are one of the most useful and provocative methods for mastering the art of writing fiction. With more than twenty-five years of experience teaching creative writing between them, Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter offer more than seventy-five exercises for both beginners and more experienced writers. These exercises are designed to develop and refine two basic skills: writing like a writer and, just as important, thinking like a writer. ...
What If? is the first handbook for writers based on the idea that specific exercises are one of the most useful and provocative methods for mastering the art of writing fiction. With more than twenty-five years of experience teaching creative writing between them, Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter offer more than seventy-five exercises for both beginners and more experienced writers. These exercises are designed to develop and refine two basic skills: writing like a writer and, just as important, thinking like a writer. They deal with such topics as discovering where to start and end a story; learning when to use dialogue and when to use indirect discourse; transforming real events into fiction; and finding language that both sings and communicates precisely. What If? will be an essential addition to every writer's library, a welcome and much-used companion, a book that gracefully borrows a whisper from the muse.
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This compendium of brief articles by a variety of instructors is a treasure trove of writing exercises that cover the gamut from first sentences, plotting, characterization, revision and so much more. The pages are peppered with witty/insightful quotes by renowned authors.
Do not be deceived by the book's size. You're getting 500 pages of useful information.
Highly recommended for anyone who is serious about growing in the craft, the art of storytelling.
Nov 13, 2008
An useful book to a beginner writer
What if is an interesting book for whow is now begging to read about the craft of writing, or just wanna to masterize his skills with helpful exercises. In comparison with other books, much more brilliant about writing itself, like the wonderful Teoria y tecnica del cuento, from E. A. Imbert, the book is very disapointing. However, I don't think that the authors of What if intended do go much deep in theorical or philosophical problems of writing. It's a book of exercises, nothing more then that.
Oct 5, 2007
it juices up your brain.
First make sure to get at least the 2nd edition of this book-- I accidentally ordered the first ed. which is still good, but 300 pages shorter and missing all the short stories in the 2nd edition and beyond. It's not a "here are five steps to write a novel." Instead, it helps you think like a writer and juice up some hot ideas in your head.
Sep 20, 2007
What every writer needs in their arsenal
This book is really great the exercises are clear precise and aconcise they give examples of what came from other students I reccommend this book to everyone that wants to write
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