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A collection of personal writing exercises and commentary from some of today''s best novelists, short story writers, and writing teachers, including Jill McCorkle, Amy Bloom, Robert Olen Butler, Steve Almond, Jayne Anne Phillips, Virgil Suarez, Margot Livesay, and more.

What''s the secret behind the successful and prolific careers of critically acclaimed novelists and short story writers Amy Bloom, Steve Almond, Jayne Anne Phillips, Alison Lurie, and others? Divine assistance? Otherworldly talent? An unsettlingly close relationship with the Muse? While the rest of us are staring at blank sheets of paper, struggling to come up with a first sentence, these writers are busy polishing off story after story and novel after novel. Despite producing work that may seem effortless, all of them have a simple technique for fending off writer''s block: the writing exercise. In Now Write!, Sherry Ellis collects the personal writing exercises of today''s best writers and lays bare the secret to their success.

- In "The Photograph," Jill McCorkle divulges one of her tactics for handling material that takes plots in a million different directions;
- National Book Award-nominee Amy Bloom offers "Water Buddies," an exercise for writers practicing their craft in workshops;
- Steve Almond, author of My Life in Heavy Metal and Candyfreak, provides a way to avoiding purple prose in "The Five-Second Shortcut to Writing in the Lyric Register";
- and eighty-three more of the country''s top writers disclose their strategies for creating memorable prose.

Complemented by brief commentary from the authors themselves, the exercises in Now Write! are practical and hands-on. By encouraging writers to shamelessly steal proven techniques that have yielded books which have won National Book Awards, Pulitzers, and Guggenheim grants, Now Write! inspires the aspiring writer to write now.

About the Author

Sherry Ellis is the editor of NOW WRITE! Fiction Writing Exercises from Today''s Best Writers and Teachers and NOW WRITE! NONFICTION, as well as a personal writing coach. Her author interviews have appeared in the Kenyon Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, Glimmer Train, and AGNI, as well as other literary and arts magazines. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Charles V. Yurick
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Now Write I will!
Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2013
I bought this on the recommendation of our instructor at the University of Iowa Summer Writers'' workshop in June. Several of us wanted to continue writing and being in touch. Today, across three time zones, we will present our first exercise from this book, which is full... See more
I bought this on the recommendation of our instructor at the University of Iowa Summer Writers'' workshop in June. Several of us wanted to continue writing and being in touch. Today, across three time zones, we will present our first exercise from this book, which is full of writing prompts! One of the most inspiring purchases I''ve made.
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Tony R.L.
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Loving This Book!
Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2015
Great bite-sized exercises that I''ve been doing a few times a week. The variation of each is excellent! Would definitely recommend for anybody looking for some prompts to get them thinking creatively.
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Huey J Williams
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... have read all four except Fiction and they are excellent and will improve your writing skills
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2017
I have read all four except nonfiction and they are excellent and will improve your writing skills, thanks SHERRY ELLIS and COMPANY!
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Creative writing made simple!
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2021
The exercises are so easy that anyone who is not a writer can access the information.
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Jill
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Perfect.
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2019
Exactly what I needed. Came in great condition.
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C. Nyman
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Now Write!
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2009
This book woke up our writing group. We are using the exercises to expand our writing skills and have fun doing it. What a great selection of authors and styles. Great for workshops or just to stimulate your writing on any given day.
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Gordon Petry
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a very helpful writing tool
Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2010
Now Write! Fiction Writing Exercises from Today''s Best Writers and Teachers lives up to its title. Some of the exercises were more attractive to me, especially Venise Berry''s "Learning to Layer" which I presented to my English 101 classes. Different lessons will appeal to... See more
Now Write! Fiction Writing Exercises from Today''s Best Writers and Teachers lives up to its title. Some of the exercises were more attractive to me, especially Venise Berry''s "Learning to Layer" which I presented to my English 101 classes. Different lessons will appeal to different writers, and what I am enthusiastic about today will change. This book is not one to sit and read through, but rather one to work your way through the exercises that sound as if they could help you with whatever problem is current.
One problem that I had was that I got so engrossed that I was reading instead of writing. The exercises are all short, mostly three or four pages long. I plan to make better use of the book.
The short biographies were interesting, especially the magazines that the writers had been published in.
The book would be good for a class text or just for an individual looking to jump-start his or her writing. There are 85 exercises arranged in the usual categories plus one section on craft and another on revision
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Simple prompts that help creative juices flow
Reviewed in the United States on July 2, 2016
This book has some interesting and helpful writing tips and prompts. It''s good for writers block and to maybe do something fun as an exercise in class. This was used for a creative writing class.
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Sue Pullen
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Amazing and helpful book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 12, 2021
Extremely interesting, with excellent writing exercises by great authors. I have found a lot of useful tips that I am now using and my writing has grown much stronger due to this book. Great fun!
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If you get stuck on ideas, this book will help
Reviewed in Canada on May 13, 2014
I have a couple of book from the Now Write! series and they are all excellent tools for both beginners and intermediate writers because the exercises cover a broad range of topics - from idea generation, dialogue, point of view, character development and much more. This is...See more
I have a couple of book from the Now Write! series and they are all excellent tools for both beginners and intermediate writers because the exercises cover a broad range of topics - from idea generation, dialogue, point of view, character development and much more. This is the first book o the series and the most general so you can adapt the exercises to suit your genre or check out the more specific Now Write! Mysteries and Now Write! Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy.
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This was a gift for my younger cousin who is interested in writing and screen plays. She thoroughly enjoyed this!
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