Discovering the Writer Within: 40 Days to More Imaginative Writing

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Writer's Digest Books, 1996 - Reference - 179 pages
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Discover the writer inside you who only needs encouragement to turn the secret thoughts and special moments of your life into enduring words on a page.
This 40-day "workout program" of imagination-stretching exercises will let you throw open all your inner doors, release your creativity, discover surprising connections and spark fresh ideas. By turns sober, off-the-wall, deeply emotional, thoughtful and playful, these exercises will nudge your originality into stimulating explorations. For example, you'll learn how to find something fresh and exciting about such unremarkable places as a shopping mall, a McDonald's, a bank (Day 9); write punchy first sentences for imaginary stories: mysteries, thrillers, romances, news accounts (Day 15); retell a classic fairy tale - like "The Three Little Pigs" - from a different viewpoint: the wolf, the wolf's psychologist, the third pig's stockbroker (Day 20); and give a voice to inanimate objects (such as a household appliance) and find out what they'd say if given the chance (Day 23).
In an enjoyable, entertaining way, these 40 exercises guide you in such essential techniques as brainstorming, clustering, freewriting and revision. Whether you're a hesitant beginning writer or an experienced writer whose wellspring of wonder seems suddenly dry, this book will recharge and refresh your imagination and liberate you, through confident, effective writing, to follow wherever your dreams may lead.

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Bruce Ballenger is the author of four books, including The Curious Researcher, a student guide to writing research papers, and Beyond Note Cards: Rethinking the Freshman Research Paper. His fifth book, forthcoming from Allyn & Bacon and coauthored with Michelle Payne, is Readings for the Curious Researcher. Bruce's articles and creative nonficiton have appeared in publications ranging from College English to the Boston Globe. He currently directs the writing program at Boise State University.

Barry Lane has taught writing at the University of New Hampshire, founded a literacy program in Vermont prisons, and worked as a writer in residence in hundreds of elementary and secondary school classrooms throughout the country. Barry is nationally known for his dynamic, hands-on workshops on writing and revision and his popular writing books, After "The End," published by Heinemann, Discovering the Writer Within, Writing as a Road to Self Discovery (Writer's Digest Books), The Portfolio Sourcebook (Vermont Portfolio Institute), and his tape of original fairy tale songs, Lane's Recycled Fairy Tales (New World Records).

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