Write Yourself Out of a Corner: 100 Exercises to Unlock Creativity (Paperback)

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Write Yourself Out of a Corner: 100 Exercises to Unlock Creativity (Paperback)

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100 imagination-stretching writing exercises inspired by the idea of creative constraints, from the author of The Making of a Story.


When you are facing down a blank page (or screen), a constraint-based prompt—for example, “you must use the words ‘cloud’ and ‘green’” or “you must set the scene in a crowded grocery store”—can get your brain working in unexpected ways.


In this creative writing guide, longtime teacher and novelist Alice LaPlante shares 100 original exercises that will simultaneously push you into a corner and give you the tools to write yourself out of it. LaPlante explains the purpose of each exercise—to sharpen your ear for dialogue, generate surprising images, or access intense emotions—and breaks down student examples to reveal how to achieve these goals. Whether you are looking to jumpstart new ideas or find a fresh angle on a work in progress, and whether you write fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry, Write Yourself Out of a Corner will strengthen your imagination and your craft.



Alice LaPlante is a novelist, editor, teacher, and the author of the best-selling writing guides The Making of a Story and Write Yourself Out of a Corner, as well as the New York Times best-selling novel Turn of Mind. She lives in Mallorca, Spain.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393541847
ISBN-10: 0393541843
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 11th, 2023
Pages: 384
Language: English