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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Leapfrog Press; Second Edition edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097289845X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972898454
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marge Piercy is the author of 16 novels, including the bestsellers Gone to Soldiers and The Longings of Women and the classic Woman On the Edge of Time, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir, Sleeping With Cats. The author of 16 books of poetry, she is the most anthologized poet of her generation. Her work has been translated into 18 languages. Ira Wood is a publisher as well as the author of two novels The Kitchen Man and Going Public and the co-author (with Marge Piercy) of the erotic thriller Storm Tide. His workshops, given nationwide, emphasize the importance of the writer's craft and overcoming the inner and outer barriers to creativity.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Siam on March 1, 2007
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I don't generally read this kind of book because I've read most of them and they tend to give good, but general and somewhat idealistic advice. However this one has a helpful section on plot- a chapter laced with examples from their slush pile and workshop experiences. I also enjoyed the 10 Most Destructive Things Writers Can Do....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Nielsen on March 28, 2011
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As someone who has been addicted to reading and writing their entire life, I can tell you that this book is a true gem for anyone who wants to master (or at least have the material that one would need to master it) every aspect of writing fiction or memoirs. Recently I have begun to more seriously pursue writing, particularly memoirs, and as someone who researches everything before doing it simply because I love to read, I have read many of the most well-reviewed and well-critiqued books about writing out there. But this one stands head and shoulders above the rest. It is broken into neatly organized chapters addressing every facet of writing you would need as a beginner but also offers so much stuff that the other books simply don't that even a more seasoned writer would be able to take a lot of valuable information from this book. I cannot recommend it highly enough! Even if you aren't planning to write fiction or memoir, this book would still be a good reference for you - it contains so much useful knowledge that it would be useful to someone writing in any genre. If you buy only one book on writing, it should absolutely be THIS ONE!!! Five stars in every category!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Singh on September 6, 2008
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I really appreciated the exercises in this book. It also has a very concrete analysis of what it takes to write good fiction. The only drawback of this book, for someone who is not interested in writing a memoir, is that various parts of the book pertain to memoirs (of course, this is in the title), so I found myself skipping those parts.
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