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Some of Ursula K. LeGuin’s writing exercises (as I read, for the first time, Steering the Craft: A 21st Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story) [YOU SHOULD TRY THESE!]

BEAUTIFUL WORDS: reading aloud

Becoming part of the character, even, maybe embodying the character on the printed page made her feel bigger and better than she really was. In Bark, George, she would love the students’ surprise at the end as the students saw George—who was not entirely just a dog. In the really good picture books, the pictures told either MOST the story, or sometimes ALL of it. And she wasn’t lazy! She was eager to read the print that helped the characters, and the story itself, become even more real.

The other two I did were: NO PUNCTUATION, and MAINLY EMOTIONS in the writing.

This is a great book: LeGuin is very opinionated, and I like that! She often contrasts poetry with prose, which I find very helpful.

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