Nayad Monroe (nayad) wrote,
Nayad Monroe

2008 Books #16: What If? by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter

This is a whole book of writing exercises, but unlike many writing exercise books, it's interesting and useful to read without doing the exercises. Of course, I recommend doing the exercises as well, but it's fun to be able to enjoy reading through the book in its own right.

There are twelve sections covering topics like beginnings, dialogue, plot, characterization, meaning, and learning from the greats, with a total of 83 exercises distributed between them, and examples of the responses students have written for the exercises. It may be that not everyone would respond as positively to these prompts as I have, but for me, it's the Writing 201 book I've been looking for, with more interesting ideas than the very basic beginner stuff in the majority of how-to-write books.

This one is going on my list of books to recommend and use constantly. :)
Tags: 2008 books

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