Creative Writing
The Art of History: Unlocking the Past in Fiction and Nonfiction
The Art of History
Unlocking the Past in Fiction and Nonfiction
Paperback      ISBN: 155597743x

One has to look no further than the audiences hungry for the narratives served up by Downton Abbey or Wolf Hall to know that the lure of the past is as seductive as ever. But incorporating historical events and figures into a shapely narrative is no simple task. The acclaimed novelist Christopher Bram examines how writers as disparate as Gabriel Garc a M rquez, David McCullough, Toni Morrison, Leo Tolstoy, and many others have employed history in their work.

Unique among the "Art Of" series, The Art of History engages with both fiction and narrative nonfiction to reveal varied strategies of incorporating and dramatizing historical detail. Bram challenges popular notions about historical narratives as he examines both successful and flawed passages to illustrate how authors from different genres treat subjects that loom large in American history, such as slavery and the Civil War. And he delves deep into the reasons why War and Peace endures as a classic of historical fiction. Bram's keen insight and close reading of a wide array of authors make The Art of History an essential volume for any lover of historical narrative.

Comics Experience Guide to Writing Comics: Scripting Your Story Ideas from Start to Finish
Comics Experience Guide to Writing Comics
Scripting Your Story Ideas from Start to Finish
Paperback      ISBN: 1440351848
Unlock the secrets to comic-writing success

"You have a story tell. It's your story... These are ways to help you get your story out, to help you become the writer inside of yourself."

This is the book on writing you've been waiting for, a nuts-and-bolts guide to writing fiction for comics. While it is true that there is no set way to write a comic book script, no set format, no industry standard, it is equally true that someone learning to write comics needs structure. That's where Comics Experience(c) Guide to Writing Comics can help. Comics veteran Andy Schmidt offers sage advice and practical instruction for everything from writing realistic dialogue to communicating your ideas to other comics professionals. Inside you'll find:

- 23 exercises to help you put fundamental writing principles into practice
- Sample script formats, page-by-page outlines, scene-by-scene outlines and short pitches that show you exactly how to create these important components of the writing process
- Diagrams and pages from published comics to illustrate key concepts
- Tips on professional development, networking and navigating the comics industry
These pages include all the tools you need to write great comics, but where do you begin? Begin with yourself. You have to know--not believe--know: You can do this, and this guide will help. Now, begin with Chapter 1...
The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life
The Great Spring
Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life
Paperback      ISBN: 1611804078
From beloved writing teacher and author of the best-selling Writing Down the Bones a treasury of personal stories reflecting a life filled with journeys--inner and outer--zigzagging around the world and home again.

Here, Natalie Goldberg, a writer both energized and enlightened (Julia Cameron), shares those vivid moments that have wakened her to new ways of being. We follow alongside her mapless meanderings in the New Mexican desert and her pilgrimages to Bob Dylan's birthplace and to Larry McMurtry's dusty Texas ghost town of rare books. We feel her deep hunger while she sits zazen in a monastery in Japan, and her profound loss when she hears of the passing of a dear friend while teaching in the French countryside.

Through it all, she remains grounded in a life informed by two constants: the practices of writing and of Zen. With humor and insight, Natalie encircles around the essential questions these paths compel her toward: Where does this life lead? Who are we?

This is a book to be relished one awakening at a time. Each story is a reminder that no matter how hard the situation or desolate you may feel, spring will come again, breaking through a cold winter, bringing early yellow forsythia flowers. And the Great Spring of enlightenment--that sudden rush of acceptance, pain cracking open, obstructions shattering--will also burst forth.
Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know about Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction
Keep It Real
Everything You Need to Know about Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction
Paperback      ISBN: 0393330982

Writers of memoir and narrative nonfiction are experiencing difficult days with the discovery that some well-known works in the genre contain exaggerations--or are partially fabricated. But what are the parameters of creative nonfiction? Keep It Real begins by defining creative nonfiction. Then it explores the flexibility of the form--the liberties and the boundaries that allow writers to be as truthful, factual, and artful as possible. A succinct but rich compendium of ideas, terms, and techniques, Keep It Real clarifies the ins and outs of writing creative nonfiction. Starting with acknowledgment of sources, running through fact-checking, metaphor, and navel gazing, and responsibilities to their subjects, this book provides all the information you need to write with verve while remaining true to your story.

Writing Begins with the Breath: Embodying Your Authentic Voice
Writing Begins with the Breath
Embodying Your Authentic Voice
Paperback      ISBN: 159030473x

In this distinctive guide to the craft of writing, author Laraine Herring shows us how to tune into our bodies and connect with our emotions so that our writing becomes an expression of our full beings, rather than just an intellectual exercise. With warmth and wisdom, Herring offers a path to discovering deep writing--prose that is unique, expressive, and profoundly authentic. Lessons and imaginative exercises show you how to: stay with your writing when your mind or body starts to pull you away; explore the five senses in your writing; and approach your writing without judgment.

Writing Begins with the Breath will open up a whole world of creativity for people who may not have considered themselves writers before, while also providing keen insights into the craft for seasoned writers.
The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface
The Emotional Craft of Fiction
How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface
Paperback      ISBN: 1440348375
Engage Your Readers with Emotion

While writers might disagree over showing versus telling or plotting versus pantsing, none would argue this: If you want to write strong fiction, you must make your readers feel. The reader's experience must be an emotional journey of its own, one as involving as your characters' struggles, discoveries, and triumphs are for you.

That's where The Emotional Craft of Fiction comes in. Veteran literary agent and expert fiction instructor Donald Maass shows you how to use story to provoke a visceral and emotional experience in readers. Topics covered include:

- emotional modes of writing
- beyond showing versus telling
- your story's emotional world
- moral stakes
- connecting the inner and outer journeys
- plot as emotional opportunities
- invoking higher emotions, symbols, and emotional language
- cascading change
- story as emotional mirror
- positive spirit and magnanimous writing
- the hidden current that makes stories move
Readers can simply read a novel...or they can experience it. The Emotional Craft of Fiction shows you how to make that happen.
The Art of Voice: Poetic Principles and Practice
The Art of Voice
Poetic Principles and Practice
Paperback      ISBN: 0393357910

In this accessible and distilled craft guide, acclaimed poet Tony Hoagland approaches poetry through the frame of poetic voice, that mysterious connective element that binds the speaker and reader together. In short, essayistic chapters and an appendix of thirty stimulating exercises, The Art of Voice explores the myriad ways to create a distinctive poetic voice, including vernacular, authoritative statement, speech register, tone-shifting, and using secondary voices. "Rich with lively examples" (New York Times Book Review), The Art of Voice provides a compelling introduction to contemporary poetry and an invaluable guide for any practicing writer.

The Tao of Writing: Imagine. Create. Flow.
The Tao of Writing
Imagine. Create. Flow.
Paperback      ISBN: 1593374046

This book in the series applies Eastern philosophies to writing exercises. By tapping into the true flow of their creativity, writers can discover and develop their talents. The author uses the connection between teaching, writing and the tenets of the tao to help writers hone their craft from a new perspective.

On Being Stuck: Tapping Into the Creative Power of Writer's Block
On Being Stuck
Tapping Into the Creative Power of Writer's Block
Paperback      ISBN: 1611802903
What if writer's block became your most precious teacher? An empowering new process for writers who struggle with the seemingly insurmountable middle of a project, from the author of Writing Begins with the Breath.

Writer's block. If you are a writer, you know it can be a haunting, terrifying force--a wolf at the door, a vast conspiracy, something that keeps you up at night, spinning your wheels, going nowhere. But what if we've been thinking about writer's block all wrong? What if, by paying attention to its qualities and inquiring into its hidden gifts, we can release that power?

On Being Stuck is an empowering guide to working with your blocks and finding the friend within the beast. Using deep inquiry, writing prompts, body and breath exercises, and a range of interdisciplinary approaches, On Being Stuck will help you uncover the gifts hidden within your creative blocks, while also deepening your relationship to your work and reawakening your creative process.
Writing from the Senses: 59 Exercises to Ignite Creativity and Revitalize Your Writing
Writing from the Senses
59 Exercises to Ignite Creativity and Revitalize Your Writing
Paperback      ISBN: 1611800447
Break through writer's block using your five senses
The sensory details that infuse our everyday experience--the smell of a favorite dish cooking, the texture of a well-worn coat, hearing a song that reminds you of a person or a time in your life--can be used to add richness and spark to what we write. Whether you are a professional writer (or want to be one) or someone who enjoys just writing for your own personal fulfillment, Writing from the Senses will show you how to tap into an endless source of engaging material, using your senses as prompts. The exercises will stimulate you to develop stories, imagery, and details that will allow readers to see, taste, hear, smell, and feel that they're in the scene.

Writing from the Senses

-Provides 60 prompts and creative writing exercises organized by sense;
-Presents engaging narratives, personal essays, and instruction to entertain and inform readers and illustrate the effectiveness of each exercise;
-Helps writers recognize the sensory prompts that surround them daily and use them to trigger their individual stories; and
-Shows how freewrites from the prompts in this book can result in publishable pieces.