Weinberg on Writing
Weinberg on Writing
About the Book
Ed Tittel writes: "Anyone who knows Weinberg's work knows he concocts a magical melange of insight, intelligence, and humor to deliver memorable and useful bits of wisdom on any number of topics. I'd always wondered how he managed his writing process, and now that I've read this book I feel like I have a much better idea.""For those of us -- including me -- who write for a living, the "Fieldstone Method" he propounds in this book helps to codify a very workable approach to this work. It's not always what works best for me in terms of meeting other people's schedules and deadlines (which Weinberg believes are best ignored, refused, or otherwise gotten around) but it is a very workable method for longer projects where I have time to research and collect information, then polish it, and put it into book form.""What I like best about this book (and about every one of Jerry's books that I've read) is that it makes clever and effective use of anecdotes and stories -- parables, almost -- to make its many and various points. I would recommend this book to anyone who's interested in the process of writing, or who wants to improve his or her personal writing process. I'd love to see it become a staple text in creative and technical writing classes, where the usual teaching materials are often far drier and less engaging.""Two thumbs up!"
Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method
Chapter 1. The Most Important Writing Lesson
- First Exercise:
- Second Exercise:
Chapter 2. The Fieldstone Method in Brief
- Learning to Care About What You Have to Write
- What You Learned In School Doesn’t Work
- The Fieldstone Method Does Work
- Looking at Walls
Chapter 3 Banishing Writer’s Block
- The Structure of Creation versus the Structure of Presentation
- Writer’s Block and the Goldilocks Questions
- Observing Your Writing Activities
Chapter 4. Prospecting: Gathering Explained
- Writing versus Writing Down
- Why I Am Not Quite as Rich and Famous as Scott Adams
- The Energy Principle
- Learning by Copying
- Are There Enough Stones for Me?
- But My Stones Are Not That Significant!
- The Most Important Book for All Writers
- Gathering During Interactions
- Gathering Exercise
- Excuses Exercise
Chapter 5. Recycling Stones from Literature
- Gathering from Books
- Gathering Exercise: Nonfiction
- A Fringe Benefit of Fieldstone Gathering
- Gathering Exercise: Required Reading
- Gathering from Fiction
- Gathering Exercise: Fiction
Chapter 6 Stealing Stones Safely
- When Is It Plagiarism?
- Stealing Words
- Gathering Exercise: Words
- Gathering Exercise: Laundering Words
- Stealing Phrases
- Gathering Exercise: Phrases
- Stealing Sentences
- Gathering Exercise: Sentences
- Becoming a Professional Thief
- Gathering Exercise: Conversation
- Gathering Exercise: Conferences
- Gathering Exercise: Any Time
- Gathering Exercise: In Nature
Chapter 7. Tools to Assist Your Gathering
- My Computer
- Notecards and Pens
- Highlighters and Sticky Notes
- Typing Skill
- Other Technological Aids
- The Internet
- Keeping the References
- Gathering Exercise: Internet Resources
- Typing Exercise: Any Time
- Gathering Exercise: Highlighting
Chapter 8. Gathering Fieldstones from Memory
- Gathering Exercise: Looking for Energy
- Test Your Memory
- Stimulate Your Memory
- Gathering Exercise: Discovering What Triggers Your Memory
- Gathering Exercise: Combining Triggers
Chapter 9. Discarding Stones That Don’t Fit
- Carrying the Raft
- Getting Off On the Wrong Foot
- Exercise: Some New Starts
- Rules and Habits
- The Perfection Rule
- Maybe I’ll Discard Something Important
- Exercise: Practice with Your For-Later-Use Bin
Chapter 10. Criteria for Discarding Stones
- Sound Tests
- Exercise: Read Aloud (in a group)
- Vision Tests
- Touch Tests
- Taste Tests
- The Life Test
- Weinberg’s Target
- Quality is Personal
- Exercise: Developing Your Own Quality Criteria
- Problems with Meaning
- Exercise: Do You Mean?
- Playing With Your Words
- Exercise: Word Play
Chapter 11. Decimating Your Work
- The Abecedarian
- Exercise: Less Is More (Dani’s Decimation)
- Applying Dani’s Decimation
- Cotton Candy Bricklaying
- Exercise: Decimating Fiction and Other Literary Forms
Chapter 12. Beginning to Get Organized
- Practice, Practice, Practice
- Gather First, Gather Last
- Use an Organizing Principle
- Use Organizing Tools
- Exercise: Card Sorting
- Exercise: Anchor Stones
Chapter 13. Outlining with Fieldstone Solitaire
- Make Every Stone Action-Oriented
- Work Inside-Out or Outside-In
- Pull Out the Wrong Rocks
- Be Patient
- Exercise: Pulling Stones
Chapter 14. Organizing Your Work Space
- Assignment: Writing Journal.
- Assignment: Feelings About Taking Care of Yourself.
- Creating Your Environment
- Assignment: Your Writing Environment.
- Writing to Music
- Exercise: Writing to Music
- Where Am I in the Organizing Process?
Chapter 15. Keep Moving Until You Have Enough
- Where I Am Right Now in the Organizing Process
- When You Get Stuck, Center, Enter, and Turn
- Exercise: Recentering Breaks
Exercise: Blah Blah
- An Example of the Center-Enter-Turn Process
- Exercise: Center, Enter, Turn
- Where Am I Now in the Organizing Process?
Chapter 16. Putting Your Subconscious to Work
- Look for What’s Missing
- Exercise: What’s Missing?
- Use Quotes
- Sweet Are the Uses of Solitaire
- Use the Power of Combination
- Exercise: Cut Ups
- Where Am I Now in the Organizing
Chapter 17. ShapingStones to Fit
- Making Your Writing Memorable
- Making It Simple and Specific
- Writing for Rapport
- Exercise: Writing for Rapport
- Shaping Quotes
- Exercise: Varying Styles for Varying Effects
- Where Am I Now in the Organizing?
Chapter 18. Filling the Cracks
- Sorting and Associating Stones
- Exercise: Transitions
- Mortaring Techniques
- Organizing Based on the Underlying Ideas
- Where Am I Now in the Organizing?
Chapter 19. Knowing When to Stop
- The Bingo-Card Effect
- The Need to Be Perfect
- The Need to Be Loved
- How do I Know When I’m Done?
- The Last Few Stones
- How It Turns Out
Chapter 20. What Happens After You Finish?
- Getting Published
- Life After Publishing—The Matthew Effect
- It’s Not All Sweetness and Light
- Postscript added for eBook edition
- Emotional Issues
- The Writing Life
- Chapter 1. The Most Important Writing Lesson
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