- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (May 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594482535
- ISBN-13: 978-1594482533
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writing to Change the World: An Inspiring Guide for Transforming the World with Words Reprint Edition
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In this very personal writing guide, Pipher talks about the importance of point of view in writing, and she has a definite point of view here, tilting to the left: the world is in a bad way, and writers can serve as a "rescue team for our tired, overcrowded planet" by "tell[ing] stories that connect readers to all the people on earth." Pipher offers some good examples of how to accomplish this, particularly in a thoughtful and clever essay that presents the U.S. as a patient in a therapeutic case study ("Diagnosis: Post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple addictions"). And she offers useful advice in her sections on defining success (measured not in terms of sales but in terms of "giv[ing] our time and talents to help others") and revising, which she compares to pruning and weeding. There are dozens of pithy and inspiring quotes from a variety of writers, among them Woody Allen, Joan Didion and Eudora Welty. Those, along with Pipher's chipper you-can-do-it tone, will encourage idealistic aspiring writers, who will surely find inspiration in her assertion that writing can heal the world. (Apr.)Correction: Our review of Gary Schwartz's The G.O.D. Experiments (Reviews, Feb. 13) should have read, "Chance rather than order is the exception to the rule in the universe."
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“[Pipher] offers useful advice…[This] will encourage idealistic aspiring writers, who will surely find inspiration in her assertion that writing can change the world.”
“[Pipher] brings astute analogies from her career as a therapist to the problem of how to begin writing.”
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Read this book, and then, "Write to change the world."
1) "What We Alone Can Say" addresses why we write and how our unique experiences can give us a different perspective and voice that no one else has. This section is both inspirational and motivating.
2) "The Writing Process" gets down to the nuts and bolts. What are the most effective ways of relating to people - especially those whose opinions we are hoping to change. Pipher addresses the writing process and different genres of writing, including letters, personal essays, speeches, blogs, music and poetry.
Also included is a comprehensive list of recommended reading.
Mary Piphers experience as both a writer and a therapist give her insight on how words can be used to motivate change. This book was inspiring as Pipher illustrates how words have been and can be used to really make a difference in the world. I found her insights very helpful and her practical advice useful.
She challenges us first of all to know ourselves. Where did we come from? Why should people listen to us? What unique perspective do we bring to the literature table? Identify our passions, and we may be on the way to finding our voice. But Pipher does far more than challenge us. She offers an approach. She warns against spouting off without proper thought to the preparation of our argument.
Pipher helps us to write in a calm and gentle manner that will be palatable to readers and offers phrases to soften our approach. If we respect readers' viewpoints, they may come to respect us as writers--even if they disagree with what we say. Pipher points out tools, such as literary references, quotes and homey stories, which help to build a winning argument. Writing to Change the World is a must read for any writer who hopes to connect with readers in a way that makes a difference in our human experience.