Now Write! Nonfiction

Memoir, Journalism and Creative Nonfiction Exercises from Today's Best Writers

Author: Sherry Ellis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101162759

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

View: 8874

An essential handbook for nonfiction writers, featuring the trusted personal writing exercises of today's masters of creative non-fiction, including Gay Talese, Reza Aslan, John Matteson, Tilar Mazzeo, and many more! Beginners and seasoned writers alike will relish the opportunity to use the top-notch writing exercises collected in Now Write! Nonfiction culled from the personal stashes of bestselling and critically-acclaimed nonfiction authors like legendary essayist Gay Talese (Thy Neighbor's Wife), New York Times-bestselling authors Ishmael Beah (A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier) Reza Aslan (No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam), and Tilar Mazzeo (The Widow Clicquot), 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winner John Matteson (Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father), creative nonfiction icon Lee Gutkind (Creative Nonfiction magazine), and many other top memoirists, journalists, and teachers of creative nonfiction, these exercises offer fresh ideas for every facet of creative nonfiction writing, from pushing through writers block to organizing a story, capturing character to fine-tuning dialogue, injecting new life into a finished piece to starting a new work from scratch. Now Write! Nonfiction will take you out into the field with creative nonfiction's master practitioners: *Peek inside Gay Talese's mind, as he shares the "writer's road map" he used to organize information for his classic book Thy Neighbor's Wife and his seminal essay "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold." *Learn from Reza Aslan why what you remember isn't as important as why you remember it the way you do *Explore the importance of cultural nuance in language with Ishmael Beah *Discover Lee Gutkind's simple trick, performed with a highlighter, that can help any writer identify whether their piece is truly showing action, or just telling An essential resource that will help writers of any level to hone their craft and get writing, Now WRite! Nonfiction offers over 80 quick, simple excersises trusted by top nonfiction writers to get their pen moving!
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Now Write! Mysteries

Suspense, Crime, Thriller, and Other Mystery Fiction Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers

Author: Sherry Ellis,Laurie Lamson

Publisher: Tarcher

ISBN: 9781585429035

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 365

View: 9467

A mystery fiction primer for aspiring writers by the editors of NOW WRITE! Screenwriting shares previously unpublished personal writing exercises by some of today's top-selling and award-winning authors, including Sleepers' Lorenzo Carcaterra and Ghost Moon's Heather Graham. Original.
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Now Write!

Fiction Writing Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers

Author: Sherry Ellis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101117834

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 1154

A collection of personal writing exercises and commentary from some of today's best novelists, short story writers, and writing teachers, including Jill McCorkle, Amy Bloom, Robert Olen Butler, Steve Almond, Jayne Anne Phillips, Virgil Suarez, Margot Livesay, and more. What's the secret behind the successful and prolific careers of critically acclaimed novelists and short story writers Amy Bloom, Steve Almond, Jayne Anne Phillips, Alison Lurie, and others? Divine assistance? Otherworldly talent? An unsettlingly close relationship with the Muse? While the rest of us are staring at blank sheets of paper, struggling to come up with a first sentence, these writers are busy polishing off story after story and novel after novel. Despite producing work that may seem effortless, all of them have a simple technique for fending off writer's block: the writing exercise. In Now Write!, Sherry Ellis collects the personal writing exercises of today's best writers and lays bare the secret to their success. - In "The Photograph," Jill McCorkle divulges one of her tactics for handling material that takes plots in a million different directions; - National Book Award-nominee Amy Bloom offers "Water Buddies," an exercise for writers practicing their craft in workshops; - Steve Almond, author of My Life in Heavy Metal and Candyfreak, provides a way to avoiding purple prose in "The Five-Second Shortcut to Writing in the Lyric Register"; - and eighty-three more of the country's top writers disclose their strategies for creating memorable prose. Complemented by brief commentary from the authors themselves, the exercises in Now Write! are practical and hands-on. By encouraging writers to shamelessly steal proven techniques that have yielded books which have won National Book Awards, Pulitzers, and Guggenheim grants, Now Write! inspires the aspiring writer to write now.
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Now Write! Screenwriting

Screenwriting Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers

Author: Sherry Ellis,Laurie Lamson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101486074

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

View: 6958

An essential handbook featuring never-before-published writing exercises from the acclaimed screenwriters of Raging Bull, Ali, Terminator 2, Fame, Groundhog Day, Cape Fear, "Lost", "True Blood", "The Shield", and many other hit films and television shows. Now Write! Screenwriting-the latest addition to the Now Write! writing guide series-brings together the acclaimed screenwriters of films like the Oscar-winning Raging Bull, Oscar- nominated Ali, era-defining blockbuster Terminator 2, musical classic Fame, hit series "Lost" "True Blood" and "The Shield," Groundhog Day, Cape Fear, Chicken Run, Reversal of Fortune, Before Sunrise, Mystic Pizza, Indecent Proposal, and many more, to teach the art of the story. *Learn about why it is sometimes best to write what you don't know from Christina Kim ('Lost') *Find out how Stephen Rivele (Ali, Nixon) reduces his screenplay ideas down to their most basic elements, and uses that as a writing guide *Learn why you should focus on your character, not your plot, when digging yourself out of a plot home from Danny Rubin (Groundhog Day) *Take tips from Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run, The Spiderwick Chronicles) on how to give an inanimate object intense emotional significance *Let Kim Krizan (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset) teach you how to stop your internal critic dead in his tracks This lively and easy-to-read guide will motivate both aspiring and experienced screenwriters. No other screenwriting book offers advice and exercises from this many writers of successful, iconic films.
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Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

Speculative Genre Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers

Author: Laurie Lamson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101625295

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

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Featuring speculative fiction-writing exercises from Harlan Ellison (R), Piers Anthony, Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, screenwriters of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek: The Next Generation, and many more. The fifth volume in the acclaimed Now Write! writing-guide series offers a full toolbox of advice and exercises for speculative fiction writers hoping to craft an engaging alternate reality, flesh out an enthralling fantasy quest, or dream up a bloodcurdling plot twist, including: -Harlan Ellison (R), on crafting the perfect story title -Jack Ketchum, on how economy of language helps create a truly frightening tale -Piers Anthony, on making fantastical characters feel genuine and relatable Among the other writers incluided are: Steven Barnes, Peter Briggs, David Brin, Sara B. Cooper, Brian James Freeman, Joe R. Lansdale, Bruce McAllister, Vonda N. McIntyre, William F. Nolan, Michael Reaves, Melissa Scott, Michael Dillon Scott, Vanessa Vaughn and others. This collection of storytelling secrets from top genre writers—including winners of Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Bram Stoker awards—is essential for any writer looking to take a leap beyond the ordinary.
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Follow the Story

How to Write Successful Nonfiction

Author: James B. Stewart

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439127565

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 3629

An indispensable guide to nonfiction writing from the Columbia Journalism School professor and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist behind the bestsellers Blind Eye, Blood Sport, and Den of Thieves. In Follow the Story, bestselling author and journalist James B. Stewart teaches you the techniques of compelling narrative writing, from nonfiction books to articles, feature stories, or memoirs. Stewart provides concrete directions for conceiving, reporting, structuring, and writing nonfiction—techniques that he has used in his own successful books and stories. By using examples from his own work, Stewart illustrates systematically a way of thinking about and executing stories, a method that has helped numerous reporters and Columbia students become better writers. Follow the Story examines in detail: How an idea is conceived How to “sell” ideas to editors and publishers How to report the nonfiction story Six models that can be used for any nonfiction story How to structure the narrative story How to write introductions, endings, dialogue, and description How to introduce and develop characters How to use literary devices Pitfalls to avoid Learn from this book a clear way of looking at the world with the alert curiosity that is the first indispensable step toward good writing.
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How to Write a Nonfiction Book

From Planning to Promotion in 6 Simple Steps

Author: Bobbi Linkemer

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0982674678

Category: Reference

Page: 86

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How to Write a Nonfiction Book: From planning to promotion in 6 simple steps ... Seventh Edition takes the mystery out of the book writing process! Here’s what you need to know: • What it takes to be an author • How to write a proposal • What, when, & how to write • Who can help you • What production includes • What your publishing options are • How to reach your readers • What else you should read The 6 simple steps to writing, publishing, and promoting a nonfiction book are 1. Planning us the first and most important step in the process. Even if you plan to self-publish, writing a proposal organizes your thoughts and helps you plan every aspect of your book. 2. Writing is the most time-consuming step. It not only the main message but also what surrounds that message on the front and back ends. 3. Professional Partners are all the people who will assist you in some aspect of your book. Going through all the of the steps requires a team of professionals, each of whom has an area of specialization 4. Production is a series of activities handled by the publisher. Their purpose is to prepare your manuscript into a printer-ready format. 5. Publishing is the step that converts digital files or plates into printed, bound pages between two covers. Now, you can finally hold your book in your hands. 6. Promotion is the step where you get the copies out of your basement or warehouse and into the hands of readers. To do that, you have to let your target audience know it exists.
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Creative Visualization for Writers

An Interactive Guide for Bringing Your Book Ideas - and Writing Career - to Life

Author: Nina Amir

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781440347184

Category: Authorship

Page: 224

View: 4168

Creative Visualization for Writers features dozens of exercises and activities to spark new writing ideas, encourage relaxation and focus, and give you a creative boost. Nina Amir guides you through every stage of the creation process, from setting clear goals and finding inspiration to filling your creative well and managing your attention.
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On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

View: 8054

The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.
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On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition

The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

Author: William Zinsser

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060891548

Category: Reference

Page: 336

View: 6558

On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sole, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.
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Writing Creative Nonfiction

Fiction Techniques for Crafting Great Nonfiction

Author: Theodore Albert Rees Cheney

Publisher: Springer Science & Business

ISBN: 9781580082297

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 290

View: 5745

This Invaluable Primer Shows Writers How To Apply Traditional Fiction-Writing Techniques To Make Their Non-Fiction Efforts More Vibrant, Powerful, And Engrossing.
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The Nonfictionist's Guide

On Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction

Author: Robert L. Root

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742556174

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 223

View: 5511

As a vital and growing literary genre, nonfiction impacts bestseller lists, writing programs, writersO workshops, and academic conferences on creative writing, composition/rhetoric, and literature. In a lively exploration of its poetics, The NonfictionistOs Guide examines the elements of contemporary nonfiction and suggests imaginative approaches to writing it. Beginning with a new definition of nonfiction and explanation of the nonfiction motive, Robert Root guides both readers and writers through the innovative and stimulating ways we write nonfiction now.
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The Widow Clicquot

The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It

Author: Tilar J. Mazzeo

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061980668

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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Veuve Clicquot champagne epitomizes glamour, style, and luxury. In The Widow Clicquot, Tilar J. Mazzeo brings to life—for the first time—the fascinating woman behind the iconic yellow label: Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, who, after her husband's death, defied convention by assuming the reins of the fledgling wine business they had nurtured together. Steering the company through dizzying political and financial reversals, she became one of the world's first great businesswomen and one of the richest women of her time. As much a fascinating journey through the process of making this temperamental wine as a biography of a uniquely tempered woman, The Widow Clicquot is the captivating true story of a legend and a visionary.
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A Writer's Craft

Multi-Genre Creative Writing

Author: Kendall Dunkelberg

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137610964

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 194

View: 1174

This introductory creative writing text uses a unique, multi-genre approach to provide students with a broad-based knowledge of their craft, treating them as professional writers. Beginning by discussing elements common to all genres, this book underscores the importance of learning good writing habits before committing to a genre, encouraging writers to look beyond their genre expectations and learn from other forms. The book then devotes one chapter to each of the major literary genres: fiction, poetry, drama and creative nonfiction. These style-specific sections provide depth as they compare the different genres, furnishing students with a comprehensive understanding of creative writing as a discipline and fostering creativity. The discussion concludes with a chapter on digital media and an appendix on literary citizenship and publishing. With exercises at the end of each chapter, a glossary of literary terms, and a list of resources for further study, A Writer’s Craft is the ideal companion to an introductory creative writing class.
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Write Now

Author: Elizabeth Irvin Ross

Publisher: Barnes & Noble Publishing

ISBN: 9780760741788

Category: Authorship

Page: 254

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Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father

Author: John Matteson

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393077578

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

View: 672

"An amazing story [told] with clarity and intelligence ... colorful and insightful."—Martin Rubin, Los Angeles Times Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography Louisa May Alcott is known universally. Yet during Louisa's youth, the famous Alcott was her father, Bronson—an eminent teacher and a friend of Emerson and Thoreau. He desired perfection, for the world and from his family. Louisa challenged him with her mercurial moods and yearnings for money and fame. The other prize she deeply coveted—her father's understanding—seemed hardest to win. This story of Bronson and Louisa's tense yet loving relationship adds dimensions to Louisa's life, her work, and the relationships of fathers and daughters.
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Publish Your Family History

A Step­by­Step Guide to Writing the Stories of Your Ancestors

Author: Dina C Carson

Publisher: First Edition Design Pub.

ISBN: 1622878256

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 302

View: 1618

If you have stories to share with your family, whether you have been researching a short time or a long time, this book will: * take you through the four stages of publishing projects * show you how publishing works * help you pick a project to publish * lead you through a research review to see what you have and what you still need to tell the stories in a compelling way * give you the skills to become a good storyteller * lead you through the process of editing * instruct you how to prepare your manuscript to look like it was professionally published and * help you spread the word that you have a book available Everything you need to write and publish your family history. Keywords: family history, genealogy, write a family history, write a genealogy, publish your family history, how to self-publish, book publishing, storytelling, book marketing, designing a book
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Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody can Write (Revised and Updated)

Author: Elizabeth Lyon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440624658

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

View: 2360

Sign the contract…then write the book. The good news is that almost every nonfiction book published is sold by a proposal. In this comprehensive yet accessible guide, you will learn exactly what a proposal is, what it must contain, and how to pull yours together into an informative, persuasive selling package. Already a favorite for thousands of aspiring writers, this book has been revised and updated by Elizabeth Lyon to feature nearly two dozen actual proposals, plus: · Choosing a topic based on current trends and competing titles · Drafting the perfect concept statement—daring agents and editors to reject you · Defining and targeting your readership—then connecting with them · Preparing a table of contents and chapter summaries · Submitting exciting and well-written sample chapters · Writing query letters · Devising a marketing plan that will excite agents and publishers From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Voice and Vision

Author: Stephen J. Pyne

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674054458

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 336

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It has become commonplace these days to speak of "unpacking" texts. Voice and Vision is a book about packing that prose in the first place. This book is for those who wish to understand the ways in which literary considerations can enhance nonfiction writing. Stephen Pyne, an experienced and skilled writer himself, explores the many ways to understand what makes good nonfiction, and explains how to achieve it. His counsel and guidance will be invaluable to experts as well as novices in the art of writing serious and scholarly nonfiction.
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