Here is how to use creativity to improve your writing Written by professional writer and very experienced creative writing teacher, this book explains the nature of creativity and how a basic understanding of the brain function can enhance the creative process. This book explains how through cultural shifts, the use of imagery has become more mainstream in the last 25-years and how this is a jumping off point to using creative imagery to reframe writing for different markets.
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Aber Publishing
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1842850619
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
Writing and Imagery is a masterclass in finding, honing and magnifying a writer’s creative power and prowess. Based on her own experience exploring and teaching using imagery, Ann Palmer gives writers at every level the opportunity and tools to get more out of every stage of the writing process, as well as more from writing classes, workshops and exercises. With a right brain, image-lead approach to idea-generation, this book will revolutionise the lives of aspiring and professional writers and well as workshop leaders and teachers everywhere.
But Writing and Imagery is not a prescription, a quick fix in a pill. It’s an invitation to go on an inner adventure – a powerful way to discover spontaneity, joy and surprises in writing. It works. And it works in different ways for different writers. Artistic skill is not important, in fact, it’s almost irrelevant to the process of redefining the writer’s brain.
While image work may be alien to many writers, I’ve found this approach fundamentally shifting and inspiring. Not only does it encourage and build self belief, but harnesses the brains cooperation in the writing process. Ann Palmer is a midwife for the birth of the reader’s own enhanced creativity; she guides the reader to make their own discoveries and journeys into the imaginative subconscious. Don’t just read through the book, use to it to explore the wild creativity of your right-brain.
Once you’ve started working with Writing and Imagery, writer’s block may well be a thing of the past. This new approach to writing has help for every stage of writing, from idea generation to being more original, from struggling with “show not tell” to writing synopses. After years of going to Ann’s workshops, it’s wonderful to see these amazing methods brought to a wider audience. This is a book few writers can afford not to read.
Ann Palmer is an inspiring, enthusiastic and encouraging creative writing teacher. In this book she shares with generosity her impressive knowledge and experience of the writing process.
Writing can be difficult, not least because much westernised education emphasises left brain attributes – strait-laced, orderly, rule-bound and censorious. By developing and learning to trust the more unusual and and even `quirky’ – but highly creative – right brain, and giving it equal validity with the left, we can achieve a more `wholistic’ approach to our work. By working with images we can interrogate our writing and find surprising and worthwhile meanings and directions.
The book offers many fascinating exercises and suggestions. I’d never have believed they could reveal so much to me. The journey offered within these pages leads us towards deeper, more honest, more expansive and more original writing, and we may indeed find hidden treasures that will truly amaze. Read, explore and discover!
in front of me, as she does in her workshops, guiding me through
techniques to help me tap into my right brain to explore the deeper
imagery within it. Now, it’s as if she is. Her book is now a vital tool
in my creative armoury … and it came with a free gift: my dreams.”
(Elizabeth Hopkinson: fantasy writer and member of Swanwick Writers’ Summer School)