What If?: Writing Exercises For Fiction Writers

Paperback | November 20, 1991

byAnne Bernays

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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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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 f...

Anne Bernays, a novelist and writing teacher, is the author of eight novels, includingProfessor RomeoandGrowing Up Rich,as well as two works of nonfiction, includingThe Language of Nameswritten with Justin Kaplan andWhat If?written with Pamela Painter. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous major publications, among themThe ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:November 20, 1991Publisher:HarperCollins

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