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STORY'S TRIUMPH: Mining Your Creative Writing for Its Deepest Riches (The Write Up! Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Hillard
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Book Description

Story lives!

Novels, short stories, poems, and creative nonfiction bear light in the world.

As a writer at any skill level, you want to cultivate your imagination, knowledge, and experiences to the maximum. Story’s Triumph – the first book in The Write Up! Series – empowers you to face writing more boldly and confidently, and to write fiction, poems, or creative nonfiction in fresh ways.

Story’s Triumph transcends a typical standard how-to approach. This compact book explores ways that you can both begin writing creatively with realistic promise and, if you’re a published writer, sharpen and enrich those skills by practicing or adopting specific powerful techniques.

And there’s a FREE Bonus article, “The Irrepressible Line,” at

Story’s Triumph covers a number of areas, including:
• Showing how your imagination can unleash new depth in your writing
• Guiding you to discover and build upon areas in your writing previously unnoticed
• Discussing fresh tactics that allow you to gain more writing confidence
• Illuminating ways your writing can achieve more genuine appeal
• Providing experiments and exercises at the end of the chapters

Twenty-seven years of teaching and 35 years of professional writing, publishing, and editing enable me to offer key exercises designed to improve any subject matter. The chapters and experiments reveal how risk-taking can lead to improved development. They show how you can take command over ideas and brainstorming methods. Focusing largely on poetry, I show how elements crossover to equally enrich fiction or creative nonfiction.

Be not fearful. Let your writing triumph.

Jeffrey Hillard teaches literature and creative writing at the College of Mount St Joseph. He’s received awards and grants for his teaching, writing, and publishing. The author of four books of poems and a chapbook of fiction, he has also edited several anthologies of fiction and poetry. He co-founded Cincinnati Writers’ Project in 1988, and has directed community writing workshops as well as workshops in incarceration facilities. For seven years he was associate editor and editor of the former Cincinnati Poetry Review. Currently, he is editor and publisher of the blog/website RED! the breakthrough ‘zine (

Forthcoming books in The Write Up! Series include Story’s Oblivion: Building Characters in Your Creative Writing; Story’s Mansion: Mastering Setting in Your Creative Writing; Story’s Paradise: Enriching Setting & Atmosphere in Your Creative Writing; and Story’s Symphony: Engaging Voice & Style in Your Creative Writing.

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  • Print Length: 43 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H8AHO5Y
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to keep close-by December 12, 2013
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Finally—poet, author, and educator Jeffrey Hillard puts his experience, skill, and enthusiasm for writing down on paper for our benefit. In Story's Triumph, the first in a planned Write-Up series, Hillard encourages us to take our writing, and creativity, to the next step. By sharing a few simple concepts like the use of details and recycling our mistakes, Hillard explores and explains techniques some of our most favored and successful writers have employed to bring the word on the page to life.

This short and entertaining book contains unique and fun exercises after each topic to encourage writers to stretch the boundaries of our imaginations and sharpen the impact of our writing.

One of my favorite lines from the book is "Your imagination can work wonders with things that you can't yet fully envision."

Hillard "gets it." He understands the written word, the writing process, and the writer. His book is informative, encouraging, and will make you see your writing and its possibilities in a new light. His enthusiasm is contagious.

Story's Triumph is a book to read slowly, practice with, and then keep close-by to re-read again and again.

I'm looking forward to the next book in Hillard's Write-Up series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! January 5, 2014
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Story's Triumph is a wonderful tool for any writer. It is concise and gives writers the tools they need to be successful. Awesome writer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable resource! December 12, 2013
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A wonderful, engaging e book that encourages the reluctant writer. The author writes with precision and grace, and the anecdotes and exercises are original and extremely helpful -- a valuable resource. I am looking forward to the rest of the series!
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Jeffrey Hillard is an award-winning author, teacher, editor, publisher, and literary advocate. He's the author of four books of poems, a chapbook of short stories, and has written journalism for national and regional magazines. For 30 years, Jeff has edited various magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. He's also volunteer-taught in incarceration facilities, which prompted him, in 2008, to start RED! the breakthrough 'zine ( A co-founder of Cincinnati Writers' Project, Jeff teaches literature, composition, and creative writing at The College of Mount St. Joseph.


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