Writing With Power by Peter Elbow
Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process

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A classic handbook for anyone who needs to write, Writing With Power speaks to everyone who has wrestled with words while seeking to gain power with them. Here, Peter Elbow emphasizes that the essential activities underlying good writing and the essential exercises promoting it are really not difficult at all.
Employing a cookbook approach, Elbow provides the reader (and writer) with various recipes: for getting words down on paper, for revising, for dealing with an audience, for getting feedback on a piece of writing, and still other recipes for approaching the mystery of power in writing. In a new introduction, he offers his reflections on the original edition, discusses the responses from people who have followed his techniques, how his methods may differ from other processes, and how his original topics are still pertinent to today's writer. By taking risks and embracing mistakes, Elbow hopes the writer may somehow find a hold on the creative process and be able to heighten two mentalities--the production of writing and the revision of it.
From students and teachers to novelists and poets, Writing with Power reminds us that we can celebrate the uses of mystery, chaos, nonplanning, and magic, while achieving analysis, conscious control, explicitness, and care in whatever it is we set down on paper.

About Peter Elbow

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Peter Elbow is Professor of English and Director of the writing program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Published May 19, 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA. 420 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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This book contains some of the best writing advice I have read in years.

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She says: “The idea is to keep your hand moving for, say, ten minutes, and don’t cross anything out, because that makes space for our inner editor to come in.” I lead and participate in this writing exercise online and tell those participating there are only three rules: 1) You can only write fo...

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