Pen on Fire A Busy Woman's Guide to Igniting the Writer Within

ISBN-10: 0156029782

ISBN-13: 9780156029780

Edition: 2004

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In her fifteen years of teaching, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett has found that the biggest stumbling block for aspiring writers (especially women) is not fear of the blank page but frustration with the lack of time. What woman doesn't have too much to do and too little time? Finding an hour free of work, children, or obligations can seem impossible. But anyone can find fifteen minutes, whether you're sitting in traffic, waiting at a child's soccer practice, or watching the coffee drip. DeMarco-Barrett has created a practical, inspirational guide for fitting serious writing into those stolen moments. She offers writing exercises and techniques for generating ideas, as well as pragmatic advice from the well-known authors who appear on her radio show. With fifteen minutes a day, she can help you to ignite your pen and become the writer you have always wanted to be.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/4/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett teaches creative writing at University of California-Irvine and hosts the weekly radio show, "Writers on Writing," on NPR affiliate KUCI. She is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, The Writer, and Poets & Writers, among other publications, and is editor of The ASJA Monthly, the official publication of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She lives in Southern California.

Before you begin
Writing Like There's No Tomorrow
Late Bloomers
Hang a Partition
Getting started
Stolen Moments
Freewriting Shall Set You Free
Load the Basket, Fill the Jug
Harvesting Words
First Lines
Create a Written Snapshot
Through a Child's Eyes and Ears
Making Lists
Start Small
Regarding Research
Tools & rituals
Leave Your Shoes at the Door
Writers' Utensils
Where Writers Work
Walk! Refresh! Have Fun!
Motel Motivation
Napkins, Notebooks, and Journals
Teaching Your Pen to Listen
Writers Groups
Mining your life
Expose Yourself
Celebrate Your Otherness
Using the Ones You Love
Breaking the Chains
Words Can Be So Powerful
Life Imitating Art
Beads of Sweat ... or Pleasure
Plot or Not
Creating Tension
Voice and Style
Play to Your Strength
Point of View
Titles: The Port of Entry
Character Building
Compassion 101
Say What? Writing Dialogue
Set the Stage
Poetry: The Beautiful Stepchild
Obsessed with Detail
You Are What You Read
Overcoming the obstacles
That Black Hole: TV
Fickle Minds
Green with Envy
Trusting Fear
Keep Your Lips Sealed
Significant Others
Living the life
Marketplace Madness
Literary Agents
Set Your Pen on Fire
Suggested Reading
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