Writing Brave and Free Encouraging Words for People Who Want to Start Writing

ISBN-10: 0803278322
ISBN-13: 9780803278325
Edition: 2006
Authors: Ted Kooser, Steve Cox
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Description: Sometimes setting pen to paper requires bravery, and writing well means breaking free of the rules learned in school. Liberating and emboldening the beginning writer are the goals of Ted Kooser and Steve Cox in this spirited book of practical wisdom  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 3/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 178
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484

Sometimes setting pen to paper requires bravery, and writing well means breaking free of the rules learned in school. Liberating and emboldening the beginning writer are the goals of Ted Kooser and Steve Cox in this spirited book of practical wisdom that brings to bear decades of invaluable experience in writing, teaching, editing, and publishing. Unlike “how to write” books that dwell on the angst and the agony of the trade,Writing Brave and Freeis upbeat and accessible. The focus here is the work itself: how to get started and how to keep going, and never is heard a discouraging word such as “no,” “not,” or “never.” Because of the wealth of their experience, the authors can offer the sort of practical publishing advice that novices need and yet rarely find. Organized in brief, user-friendly chapters—on everything from sensory details to a work environment, from creating suspense to revising and taking criticism—the book allows aspiring (and practicing) writers to dip in anywhere and find something of value.

Writing Brave and Free
What's Standing in Your Way?
Yes, You Can
What Do You Know?
Enchanting Details
Rules? We Don' Need No Stinkin' Rules!
No Shoulds, No Should Nots
Input and Output
Getting Started
The Ten-Minute Exercise
Overcoming Obstacles to Extended Writing
Developing the Habit of Writing
Don't Forget to Read!
The Environment for Writing
The Writer's Tools
Your Clean, Well-Lighted Writing Place
Relax! The World Is Resting on Your Shoulders
You and Your Readers
What Reader Do You Have in Mind?
Writing for Friends and Relations
Writing for Strangers
Taking Control
About Your Imaginary Reader
Elements of a Piece of Writing
The Country of Memory
Writing about One Thing
Getting Organized
Sensory Detail
Suspense
The Size and Scope of Things
A Sentimental Journey
Transparency
The Unexpected Detail
It's a Figure of Speech
Before Us on the Table
Be Positive, Emphatic, Clear, and Active
Transformative Experience
Revision and Getting Help
Revise and Wait
Getting Advice, Taking Criticism
The Business of Writing
How Publishing Works
How to Get Published
Self-Publishing, Electronic Publishing, and Vanity Publishing
A Few Observations about Copyright
Fair Use
Obtaining Permission to Quote
Protecting Your Copyright
Conveying Rights: Contracts
Libel and Invasion of Privacy
Acknowledgments and Further Reading
Acknowledgments
How to Write
Copyright, Libel, and Invasion of Privacy

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