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by Peter Elbow

  • ISBN: 0195029127
  • Category: Reference
  • Author: Peter Elbow
  • Subcategory: Words Language & Grammar
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (June 4, 1981)
  • Pages: 400 pages
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  • Rating: 4.5
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Writing with power, Peter Elbow. In this book I am trying to help you write in all these ways.

Writing with power, Peter Elbow. 2nd ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. But writing with power also means getting power over yourself and over the writing process; knowing what you are doing as you write; being in charge; having control; not feeling stuck or helpless or intim­ idated. I am particularly interested in this second kind of power in writing and I have found that without it you seldom achieve the first kind.

The title "Writing With Power" explains it all or rather lives up to the promise. Peter Elbow is a proponent of free writing to loosen the mind and get your creative inspiration in full gear. Free writing is especially good when working with a first draft. He proposes not stopping the story or book until you get the first draft completed.

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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.

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

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Peter Elbow is a Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he also directed the Writing Program from 1996 until 2000. He writes about theory, practice, and pedagogy, and has authored several books and papers. He is one of the pioneers of freewriting.

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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

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. Why Trying to Learn Clear Writing in College is Like Trying to Learn Sobriety in a Bar. A classic handbook for anyone who needs to write, Writing With Power speaks to everyone who has wrestled with words.

Outlines several approaches to writing, editing, and rewriting, discusses the relationship between the writer and his or her audience, and attempts to define the nature of voice in writing
Reviews about Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process (7):
EROROHALO
Elbow has clearly thought about words for a long time and his book is the distilled gold from that thinking--a treasury of insight into the intricacies of the writing process and a conceptual toolbox full of techniques to get you writing fluently and effectively. His advice applies equally well to creative and expository writing.

The book falters a bit in presentation. To integrate the many good ideas into my daily practice, I'll have to review the material several times and I wish the book had been designed with a greater awareness for the reader's need to review. A visual reference chart would have been helpful to keep track of the techniques and their uses.

Also, Elbow is so good at thinking about writing that sometimes he thinks too much. I'm sure that musing on a variety of possible ideas was helpful to the author's own writing process, but some of his notions are too windy, and the book could have been much more powerful without them.

Despite my minor frustrations, I say again: this may be the most helpful book on writing I have ever read. The author has the uncanny ability to get inside a writer's mind and speak to you directly from where you're struggling. There were many things I'd been doing--some right, some wrong, but most of them unconsciously. Elbow helps you become a more conscious writer and presents a wide array of non-gimmicky tools that help generate high-level work. He also completely re-conceptualizes what it means to write and, in the process, he can bring even the most alienated writer back into the fold, making writing approachable, useful, and even fun.
Prince Persie
Experienced writer Peter Elbow takes issue with "the dangerous method" of writing: trying to turn out a good written product at one sitting. We are lured into this approach by its false potential to save time and effort. As readers, we move rapidly through well-written prose, enjoying the experience and assuming that the author has moved just as quickly and with as little effort in producing it. Not so, warns Elbow. We need to throw off the pressures of procrastination and deadlines to learn a better way.

The beginning of wisdom is to see writing as two processes. Writers should first give free reign to their creativity, getting as much written as possible. It is not yet the time for criticism or correction, but for fostering the flow of ideas and impressions from the writer's mind--conscious and unconscious--to paper or computer screen. Only after this fountain has gushed forth its all does the task turn to the careful shaping of ideas for the reader and clearing away all but necessary detail. Elbow's central message is that we should use the strengths of both processes, neither stifling our writing with premature evaluation nor abandoning our creative concepts before they have been fully formed.

Elbow's book supports development of our writing abilities within this two-part framework. The first section introduces the two core writing processes and emphasizes the value of freewriting early in the process and of obtaining feedback from others later on. The next two sections present techniques for getting words on paper and for revising those words into a readable final product. The three sections in the book's second half elaborate the author's writing model. Readers learn to identify their intended audience and use them to bring focus to their writing. There is extensive advice on obtaining feedback from other writers. The final section advises writers how to develop an individual voice that communicates their style and stance to the reader without getting in the way of the written message.

This book is recommended for writers trying to improve their writing. Beginning writers may benefit more from the way Elbow structures the overall writing process. But even experienced writers will find techniques and insights not previously considered. Satisfied readers may also benefit from Roy Peter Clark's Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer.
Gold as Heart
Elbow's discussion of the importance of writing clearly is the best I have read. He put into words how most writers feel about writing, at whatever level they perform. His suggestions for revision work.

I read with fascination how I happen to be practicing "the most dangerous" method for getting words on paper. Until I read this, (and you must read it for yourself to appreciate), I thought all writers planned what they wrote the same way. He didn't scare me (I don't think he's trying to scare anyone; just warn them, so they have options) into changing. This method has worked for me throughout my journalism career--so I write fiction the same way.

So much more in this book. So helpful--and this book is written clearly. Highly recommend.

P.S. I sure hope this review is clearly written
Andromajurus
The title "Writing With Power" explains it all or rather lives up to the promise. Peter Elbow is a proponent of free writing to loosen the mind and get your creative inspiration in full gear. He doesn't subscribe to rules that are too stringent or that hamper the writers flow. Free writing is especially good when working with a first draft. He proposes not stopping the story or book until you get the first draft completed. Yes, you've still got to do the research, read a lot, brainstorm important ideas, outline (in some cases) and write well. This book goes a long way in showing the reader just how to write with power.
Keramar
I am an avid reader of Peter Elbow's work, finding it applicable for my freshman composition students and for myself as a writer. Writing With Power is Elbow's practical sequel to the sometimes-spiritual, sometimes-theoretical Writing Without Teachers. WWP provides teachers, students, and writers with effective (non-gimmicky) exercises and personal reflections on the writing process. I have already used some of Elbow's techniques, including his advice for developing a writers' support group, and I am quite pleased with the results. This book is an essential companion for any writing teacher.

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