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The writer's path : a guidebook for your creative journey : exercises, essays, and examples
Walton, Todd.
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Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, [2000]

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xv, 237 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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PE1413 . W333 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This workbook offers alternative methods to traditional writing courses, with the emphasis on fun and experimentation. Designed to encourage even the most tentative writers, topics covered include prose and poetry techniques, narratives, dialogue, plot, and character development.

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Walton and Toomay have published numerous stories, essays, poems, books, and screenplays while teaching creative writing classes at various West Coast venues. They combine efforts here to share insights into the writing process and offer exercises designed to stimulate creativity and develop skill. Although the chapters include the basics of style, character, and story, this is definitely not a handbook or style manual. Each of the eight chapters focuses on an aspect of the writing process, providing a series of exercises that work on that particular technique and are designed for independent work, writing teams, or groups. The authors also provide examples of completed exercises that illustrate the focus of each chapter as well as ideas for classroom and group settings. Sidebars scattered throughout offer additional perspectives. Recommended for public libraries.--Denise S. Sticha, Seton Hill Coll., Greensburg, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. x
Using This Bookp. xiii
Free-writingp. xiv
Chapter 1 Jump Startsp. 1
Making Listsp. 4
Sentence Beginningsp. 5
Word Accumulationp. 7
Five-Line Exercisep. 8
Fear of Changep. 9
Using the Dictionaryp. 10
Doodles and Sketchesp. 11
Examples of Jump Start Exercisesp. 13
Your Writing Practicep. 21
Chapter 2 Interactive Writingp. 23
Partner Writingp. 25
Finding a Writing Partnerp. 27
The Mystery of Melinda Toddp. 28
Circle Writingp. 28
Sketchingp. 30
Basic Interview Processp. 32
Examples of Interactive Writing Exercisesp. 34
Chapter 3 Letter Formsp. 43
Lettersp. 45
Postcardsp. 49
The Imaginary Vacationp. 50
Famous Person Exercisep. 51
Sending Letters to Famous Peoplep. 53
Examples of Letter Forms Exercisesp. 54
Chapter 4 Stylep. 63
Copying Out Poems and Prosep. 65
Word Choicesp. 67
Person and Tense Shiftingp. 69
Line Lengths in Poemsp. 70
Sentence Lengthsp. 73
Splitting and Reversing Linesp. 74
Poetry from Prosep. 75
Prose from Poetryp. 77
Channeling Emilyp. 78
Found Poemsp. 79
Examples of Style Exercisesp. 81
Chapter 5 Characterp. 97
Biography Data Sheetsp. 100
Character Explorationsp. 102
Our Blissp. 103
Writing Pleasurep. 105
Our Fearsp. 106
Dialogue Exercisesp. 107
Interview to Create Characterp. 110
Narrative Boundariesp. 112
Examples of Character Exercisesp. 114
Honoring the Roughness of Your Rough Draftsp. 138
Chapter 6 Storyp. 141
Telling Storiesp. 143
Earliest Memoriesp. 146
Dream Onp. 147
Arbitrary Story Structuresp. 148
Abstract Story Structuresp. 152
Inventing Your Own Structuresp. 154
Natural Story Structuresp. 156
Place and Practicep. 158
Diagramming the Structures of Favorite Books and Storiesp. 159
Stories from Visualsp. 160
Beginningsp. 164
Endingsp. 165
Interview to Create a Storyp. 166
Arbitrary or Abstract Novel Structuresp. 167
The Poetic Outlinep. 168
Examples of Story Exercisesp. 170
Chapter 7 The Writing Groupp. 201
Suggestions and Cautionsp. 204
The First Meetingp. 206
Directed Sketchingp. 207
Word Gamesp. 208
Chapter 8 Ideas for the Classroomp. 213
Adapting Exercises from This Bookp. 216
Blackboard Exercisesp. 217
Performancep. 222
Making Booksp. 223
Creation of Clansp. 225
Interviewsp. 226
Acknowledgmentsp. 229
About the Authorsp. 231
Indexp. 233