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Writing with Power Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process

ISBN-10: 0195120183
ISBN-13: 9780195120189
Edition: 2nd 1998 (Revised)
Authors: Peter Elbow
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Description: A classic handbook for anyone who needs to write, Writing With Power speaks to everyone who has wrestled with words while seeking to gain power with them. Here, Peter Elbow emphasizes that the essential activities underlying good writing and the  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/9/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

A classic handbook for anyone who needs to write, Writing With Power speaks to everyone who has wrestled with words while seeking to gain power with them. Here, Peter Elbow emphasizes that the essential activities underlying good writing and the essential exercises promoting it are really not difficult at all. Employing a cookbook approach, Elbow provides the reader (and writer) with various recipes: for getting words down on paper, for revising, for dealing with an audience, for getting feedback on a piece of writing, and still other recipes for approaching the mystery of power in writing. In a new introduction, he offers his reflections on the original edition, discusses the responses from people who have followed his techniques, how his methods may differ from other processes, and how his original topics are still pertinent to today's writer. By taking risks and embracing mistakes, Elbow hopes the writer may somehow find a hold on the creative process and be able to heighten two mentalities--the production of writing and the revision of it. From students and teachers to novelists and poets, Writing with Power reminds us that we can celebrate the uses of mystery, chaos, nonplanning, and magic, while achieving analysis, conscious control, explicitness, and care in whatever it is we set down on paper.

Note to the Reader
Acknowledgments
Introduction to the Second Edition
Some Essentials
An Approach to Writing
Freewriting
Sharing
The Direct Writing Process for Getting Words on Paper
Quick Revising
The Dangerous Method: Trying to Write It Right the First Time
More Ways of Getting Words on Paper
The Open-Ended Writing Process
The Loop Writing Process
Metaphors for Priming the Pump2605
Working on Writing While Not Thinking about Writing
Poetry as No Big Deal
More Ways to Revise
Thorough Revising
Revising with Feedback
Cut-And-Paste Revising and the Collage
The Lost Step: Getting Rid of Mistakes in Grammar
Nausea
Audience
Other People
Audience as Focusing Force
Three Tricky Relationships to an Audience
Writing for Teachers
Feedback
Criterion-Based Feedback and Reader-Based Feedback
A Catalogue of Criterion-Based Questions
A Catalogue of Reader-Based Questions
Options for Getting Feedback
Power in Writing
Writing and Voice
How to Get Power through Voice
Breathing Experience into Words
Breathing Experience into Expository Writing
Writing and Magic
A Select Annotated Bibliography on Publishing
Index

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