As I begin my journey writing a novel, I start with working through writing exercises provided by a nice starter book by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter – What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers.
I will use this blog to journal my work through the exercises in the book.
Below is a description of the book.
“An essential to any writer’s library, What If? is comprised entirely of specific exercises intended to help the reader master the art of writing fiction. The exercises isolate the various elements of fiction – dialogue, plot, characterization, point- of-view, etc. – and present specific problems to solve through writing. Directed toward both beginners and professional writers, this book addresses topics such as discovering where to start and end a story; learning when to use dialogue and when to use indirect discourse; transforming real events into fiction; and finding language that both sings and communicates precisely. For those interested in writing fiction.”