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What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers Paperback – November 20, 1991
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About the Author
Anne Bernays, a novelist and writing teacher, is the author of eight novels, including Professor Romeo and Growing Up Rich, as well as two works of nonfiction, including The Language of Names written with Justin Kaplan and What If? written with Pamela Painter. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous major publications, among them The Nation, the New York Times, Town & Country, and Sports Illustrated. She lives in Cambridge and Truro, Massachusetts with her husband, Justin Kaplan. They have three daughters and six grandchildren.
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Reissue edition (November 20, 1991)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062720066
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062720061
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.65 x 7.99 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #103,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you can't find or afford the version with the vastly superior teaching methods, buy any of the earlier ones. I checked the stunningly improved textbook version out of my local library and, well... I must be dumb, or something, because the material in this edition, though different from the overwhelmingly enhanced textbook version, seemed every bit as good to me.
Whenever a student tells me of a problem with keeping the journal - I make suggestions from one of the exercises in this book. This is especially true when the students are first trying to write something each day. We work a lot with imaging and placing oneself in a better place. I have found this book to be amazing for helping everyone. A number of my students have bought their own copies. I try to keep a few on hand at the beginning of each new class.
Fiction, non-fiction, journalling - whatever you write, I highly recommend this book. Following even several of the exercises will help you over any stumbling block you may have.
I have idea's galore and inspiration a'plenty, but moulding all my little dribs and drabs together was proving to be a larger task than I thought.
If you are looking for a book to assist you with your writing, WHAT IF? will definitely help.
It prop's you up when you are drooping, keeps you motivated and active - in regard to both : thinking and writing, helps you relect on your past works and gives you the chance to re-invent them in various exercises.
It's a good purchase and a worthwhile read.
Certainly helped me along.
What If is a series of exercises that will help make a good writer better and help even experienced writers to craft better stories.