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Naming the World
And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer
Edited by Bret Anthony Johnston

Naming the World
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Category: Language Arts - Composition & Creative Writing
Imprint: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: January 2008
Price: $16.00
Can. Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7548-2 (0-8129-7548-0)
Pages: 400
Also available as an eBook.



 
You already have the tools to become a gifted writer; what you need is the spark. Harvard creative writing professor and acclaimed author Bret Anthony Johnston brings you an irresistible interactive guide to the craft of narrative writing. From developing characters to building conflict, from mastering dialogue to setting the scene, Naming the World jump-starts your creativity with inspiring exercises that will have you scrambling for pen and paper. Every chapter is a master class with the country’s most eminent authors, renowned editors, and dedicated teachers.

• Infuse emotion into your fiction with three key strategies from Margot Livesey.
• Christopher Castellani dumps the “write what you know” maxim and challenges you to really delve into the imagination.
• A point-of-view drill from Susan Straight can be just the breakthrough you need to flesh out your story.
• Jewell Parker Rhodes shares how good dialogue is not just about what is being said but about what is being left unsaid.

Brimming with imaginative springboards and hands-on exercises, Naming the World has everything you need to become a stronger, more inventive writer.

Praise for Naming the World:

Naming the World is a delicious book. Imagine yourself at a cocktail party crammed with literary lions. You have the chance to spend a few moments with each of them. Wit and wisdom abound.” –JULIA CAMERON, author of The Artist’s Way

“A highly useful and perceptive book. With charm and intelligence it touches on nearly every teachable aspect of the devilishly difficult art of writing.”  –ETHAN CANIN, author of Carry Me Across the Water and professor of creative writing at the Iowa Writers Workshop

"These entertaining and useful exercises, intelligently organized, are a boon for both beginning and experienced writers." –ANDREA BARRETT, National Book Award—winning author of The Air We Breathe

“Forget about getting an MFA! Bret Anthony Johnston has put together the equivalent of a master class in writing by some of the best writer/teachers around. Here are the nuts and here are the bolts for any writer struggling with the essentials of his craft.” –BETSY LERNER, author of The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers

"I always thought there were no secrets to writing well, that only hard work, rare talent, and plenty of luck made a writer good. Naming the World proved me wrong–it opens the doors to some of the best writing classes in the country, the best teachers, and the minds of many of the best writers themselves. A fantastic resource for any writer (or writing teacher) looking for inspiration or guidance or support." –HEIDI PITLOR, author of The Birthdays, and series editor of The Best American Short Stories

“Here's a book full of bright doorways into our writing, set out with specificity and reason. Not only is Naming the World a rich compendium of provocative prompts, but as a whole it serves as a timely conversation of the larger aesthetic of well-made fiction, a roomful of caring experts. Mr. Johnston, by assembling these worthy exercises, has done us all a valuable favor.” –RON CARLSON, author of Five Skies, and director of the Graduate Program in Fiction at the University of California, Irvine





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