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Writer's Workbook Daily Exercises for the Writing Life

ISBN-10: 031228621X
ISBN-13: 9780312286217
Edition: Revised 
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Description: Aspiring doctors have medical school. Karate students have belts of different colors. Pianists have scales and arpeggios. But what system do writers have for getting and staying "in shape," to help them focus, practice, and make progress? A  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 6/14/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Aspiring doctors have medical school. Karate students have belts of different colors. Pianists have scales and arpeggios. But what system do writers have for getting and staying "in shape," to help them focus, practice, and make progress? A Writer's Workbook is Caroline Sharp's ingenious collection of exercises to inspire, encourage, warm up, and jump-start anyone who writes. A wise and funny friend who will cheerlead you through even your darkest can't-write days and "every idea I've ever had is awful" nights, she provides encouraging suggestions, hilarious observations, and an amazingly vivid catalogue of writers' neuroses (with advice on overcoming them, of course). From "Roget's Resume" and "Emulating Ernest" to "End Well," "The Rewrite Rut," and "Dear John," the exercises in this generous, wry workbook will keep your ideas fresh, your mind open, and your pen moving.

Elizabeth Gilbert was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on July 18, 1969. She received an undergraduate degree in political science from New York University. After college, she spent several years traveling around the country, working odd jobs and writing short stories. Early in her career, she also worked as a journalist for such publications as Spin, GQ and The New York Times Magazine. An article she wrote in GQ about her experiences bartending on the Lower East Side eventually became the basis for the movie Coyote Ugly. She writes both fiction and nonfiction and her books include the short story collection Pilgrims, Stern Men, The Last American Man, and Committed. Her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, was adapted into a movie starring Julia Roberts and led to Time Magazine naming her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2008. In 2010 Gilbert wrote the follow-up book to Eat, Pray, Love which she entitled, Committed: A Sceptic Makes Peace with Marriage.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
How to Use This Workbook: A Few Suggestions
Obstacle Pages, or...Reasons Why You Just Can't Write--Today
Warm-Ups
Warm-up, Stretch, and Extend
One-liners: A Quick Warm-up Exercise
Stop 'n' Shop
Roget's Resume
The Exercises
Obstacle Page: What If You Don't Like Being Alone? or Writing in the Company of Strangers
Step One: Your Journal Pages
Reviews: What Do You Think?
Character, Character, on the Wall
Picture This
Finish the Thought
Conversation Observation
Obstacle Page: Fear of Failure/Fear of Success, or "Fish of the Day"
Emulating Ernest
Your "Idea Book": A Lifetime Commitment
To Outline or Not to Outline?
Where Have You Gone?
Don't Know Much Geography...But I Should!
A Small Snack
If Breakfast Be the Meal of Love
Obstacle Page: Dyslexia and Other Physical Obstacles, or The Pen Is Mightier Than the Problem
Your Daily Grind
A Day in the Life
The Time of Their Lives
The Wrong Date and Time
Objects of Desire
Reuse, Rethink, Recycle
Obstacle Page: Writer's Block, or Surviving a Big Chill
Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain
Triple Dare/Triple Scare, or How Low Will You Go?
The Wrong Brother
Plot, Plot, Fizz, Fizz
X Marks the Spot
Obstacle Page: The Rewrite Rut, or "My Name's Russell and I'm a Perfectionist"
The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of
End Well
Lost and Found
Bad Appetites
Obstacle Page: The Committee, or Bad Guys: 65/Good Guys: 1
"Dear John..."
7-Up
One Last Thought
Basic Etiquette for Reading and Responding to Your Peers' Work, or Miss Manners Comes to Your Writing Group
Bibliography
About the Author

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