From 'Huh?' to 'Hurray!': Righting Your Creative Writing

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University Press of America, Nov 15, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 104 pages
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Part textbook and part handbook, From 'Huh?' to 'Hurray!': Righting Your Creative Writing leads creative writers of all levels and all genres through the entire writing process. This accessible guide offers helpful suggestions to prompt and encourage even the most blocked writers to explore and develop their written word. Whether readers are working independently, with a class, or in a writers' group, the easy exercises contained within are created to inspire each to achieve his or her fullest potential. Structured around the basic elements of all good creative writing, From 'Huh?' to 'Hurray!' takes its readers through the process of creation and composition in brief and comprehensible sections. Each chapter offers an overview and several specific examples of its topic, followed by a set of clear exercises designed for writers of all varieties, from the novice to the pro, from the poet to the novelist. This text will certainly take a writer's work from huh? to hurray!
 

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Contents

Getting Started
1
Focusing on Details
5
Constructing a Setting
9
Building Character
13
Knowing Your Character
17
Creating Conflict
21
Speaking the Truth
25
Motivating the Agents
29
Structuring Symbols
49
Making Meaning
53
Mastering Irony
57
Addressing Your Audience
61
Reviewing the Work
65
Revising Your Work
73
Polishing Your Manuscript
77
Being a Writer
81

Finding Your Point of View
33
Relying on the Unreliable
37
Taking the Time
41
Choosing the Words
45
Epilogue
85
Index
87
About The Author
89
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Stephanie Stiles is a professor of English at Dominican College in New York, where she chairs the department and directs the Creative Writing Program. Her prize-winning poetry, as well as her fiction and non-fiction, have appeared in various contemporary anthologies and journals; her first novel will be published next year. She received her doctorate in nineteenth-century British literature from New York University, and now lives with her husband, son, and baby daughter in northern New Jersey.

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