Part II Moves
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Part II Moves You can prepare to write by analyzing and understanding the instructions you’ve been given, the models you’ve been shown, and the genre you’re supposed to use. But understanding alone doesn’t get any writing done. The next ten chapters offer 228 moves that actually DO get words on the page. About the only rule for using the moves is, if it helps get the writing done, use it. How should you approach all these moves? If you’re writing in a particular genre, try using the moves I suggest for that genre in Part I. If you’re stuck in a particular stage of the writing process, read over the chapter titles to find a move targeted for your writing situation. Unless your writing process always goes smoothly, you might want to start by skimming chapter 22, “Solve Your Process Problems,” which suggests solutions to such problems as procrastination and not caring about your writing. Or read the appendix which offers twenty “plays,” each a series of moves, to help writers from start to finish. The moves can be combined, modified, or reimagined. Try to approach them with a spirit of playfulness, and you may find that your writing is less stressful and more productive. ...


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  • English language -- Composition and exercises -- Study and teaching.
  • Literary form -- Study and teaching.
  • Language arts.
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