A Writer's Workbook: Daily Exercises for the Writing Life

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Macmillan, Jul 7, 2000 - Reference - 144 pages
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Aspiring doctors have medical school. Karate students have belts of different colors. Pianists have scales and arpeggios. But what system do writers have for getting and staying "in shape," to help them focus, practice, and make progress?

A Writer's Workbook is Caroline Sharp's ingenious collection of exercises to inspire, encourage, warm up, and jump-start anyone who writes. A wise and funny friend who will cheerlead you through even your darkest can't-write days and "every idea I've ever had is awful" nights, she provides encouraging suggestions, hilarious observations, and an amazingly vivid catalogue of writers' neuroses (with advice on overcoming them, of course).

From "Roget's Resume" and "Emulating Ernest" to "End Well," "The Rewrite Rut," and "Dear John," the exercises in this generous, wry workbook will keep your ideas fresh, your mind open, and your pen moving.
 

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Contents

THE EXERCISES
13
What Do You Think?
21
Picture This
28
Conversation Observation
37
Emulating Ernest
42
To Outline or Not to Outline?
49
Dont Know Much Geography But I Should
56
If Breakfast Be the Meal of Love
62
Objects of Desire
81
Writers Block or Surviving
87
Triple DareTriple Scare or How Low Will You Go?
93
Plot Plot Fizz Fizz
101
The Rewrite Rut or My Names Russell
107
End Well
113
Bad Appetites
120
Appendix
135

Your Daily Grind
68
The Time of Their Lives
75
About the Author
145
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Caroline Sharp has a degree in psychology from Princeton University, an MFA from Columbia University, and is a graduate of the Writer's Boot Camp. The mother of two, she lives and writes in New York City.

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