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The writing experiment strategies for innovative creative writing by hazel smith

The Writing Experiment: Strategies for Innovative Creative Writing

This demystifying guide to creative writing shows that successful work arises not from talent or inspiration alone but from several stages of development within a systematic strategy. Recommending an exploratory approach to writing, this book offers practical exercises that bring exceptional creative writing within reach. Each chapter is illustrated with extensive examples This demystifying guide to creative writing shows that successful work arises not from talent or inspiration alone but from several stages of development within a systematic strategy. Recommending an exploratory approach to writing, this book offers practical exercises that bring exceptional creative writing within reach. Each chapter is illustrated with extensive examples of student work and published writing including fiction, poetry, plays, performance, and new media.
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This exercise consists of three aspects, Phrase Permutation, Word Substitution and Addition and Subtraction. I recommend it for anyone who is feeling stuck for ideas or feeling stale. It’s another technique to explore the endless shades of grey in phrase structure and meaning. It’s like stretching before you play sports, limber up those literary muscles. The more you do it the easier it will come whilst writing, you will start mixing up your phrasing without even thinking abou Phrase Manipulation

This exercise consists of three aspects, Phrase Permutation, Word Substitution and Addition and Subtraction. I recommend it for anyone who is feeling stuck for ideas or feeling stale. It’s another technique to explore the endless shades of grey in phrase structure and meaning. It’s like stretching before you play sports, limber up those literary muscles. The more you do it the easier it will come whilst writing, you will start mixing up your phrasing without even thinking about it, and choosing what best conveys your intent. As you play with words, new lines of thought will present themselves, multiple referents, layers of meaning.

Phrase Permutation :
Just change the position of the words in the phrase.

Example:
Death of the Author
The author of death
Or
The rolling landscape
The landscape rolls away

Substitution means replace a word

Example:
the Death of the Author
The death of Autumn
The death of the daughter
Deleting the author

Adition and subtraction can open the process up by adding words from your word pool (see Word Association)

Example:
Reversing the death of the author
Death in the fist of the author

You can mix these aspects to whatever degree you wish, just at first, note what technique you are using.

Note: Phrase Manipulation works equally will for poetry and prose.
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The Writing Experiment

This is an impressive book, because it covers areas of creative writing practice and theory that have not been covered in published form It links radical practice with radical (but better-known) theory, and will appeal to anyone looking for a different approach ‘ – Robert Sheppard, Edge Hill College of Higher Education, UK

The Writing Experiment demystifies the process of creative writing, showing that successful work does not arise from talent or inspiration alone. Hazel Smith breaks down writing into incremental stages, revealing processes that are often unconscious or unacknowledged, and shows how they can become part of a systematic writing strategy.

The book encourages writers to take an explorative and experimental approach to their work. It relates practical strategies for writing to major twentieth century literary and cultural movements, including postmodernism.

Suitable for both beginners and experienced writers, The Writing Experiment covers many genres including fiction, poetry, writing for performance and new media. Each chapter is illustrated with extensive examples of both student work and published writing, and challenging exercises offer writers at all levels opportunities to develop their skills.