Creative Writing For Dummies

Creative Writing For Dummies

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By (author) Maggie Hamand

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 386 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 230mm x 28mm | 721g
  • Publication date: 24 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470742917
  • ISBN 13: 9780470742914
  • Edition statement: UK edition
  • Sales rank: 31,375

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Do you have an idea that you're burning to get down on paper? Do you want to document your travels to far-flung places, or write a few stanzas of poetry? Whether you dream of being a novelist, a travel writer, a poet, a playwright or a columnist, Creative Writing For Dummies shows you how to unlock your creativity and choose the genre of writing that suits you best. Walking you through characterisation, setting, dialogue and plot, as well as giving expert insights into both fiction and non-fiction, it's the ideal launching pad to the world of creative writing. Creative Writing For Dummies covers: Part I: Getting started * Chapter 1: Can Everyone Write?* Chapter 2: Getting into the Write Mind* Chapter 3: Finding the Material to work with Part II: The Elements of Creative Writing * Chapter 4: Creating Characters* Chapter 5: Discovering Dialogue* Chapter 6: Who is telling the story?* Chapter 7: Creating your own world* Chapter 8: Plotting your way* Chapter 9: Creating a Structure* Chapter 10: Rewriting and editing Part III: Different Kinds of Fiction Writing* Chapter 11: Short stories* Chapter 12: Novels* Chapter 13: Writing for children* Chapter 14: Plays* Chapter 15: Screenplays* Chapter 16: Poetry Part IV: Different kinds of Non-fiction writing * Chapter 17: Breaking into journalism - Writing articles/ magazine writing* Chapter 18: Writing from life and autobiography* Chapter 19: Embroidering the facts: Narrative non-fiction* Chapter 20: Exploring the world from your armchair - Travel writing* Chapter 21: Blogging - the new big thing Part V: Finding an audience * Chapter 22: Finding editors/ publishers/ agents * Chapter 23: Becoming a professional Part VI: Part of Tens * Chapter 24: Ten top tips for writers * Chapter 25: Ten ways to get noticed

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Author information

Maggie Hamand is a novelist, non-fiction author and journalist. In 1998, Maggie founded the hugely successful Complete Creative Writing Course at the Groucho Club in London, and has been teaching there since: her students have included many published authors. She is the author of two novels, The Resurrection of the Body and The Rocket Man .

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Develop the writing know-how that will keep your readers hookedDo you have an idea for a novel (or a poem, or an article, or a play) that you'd love to finally get down on paper? Whatever your aim, inside you'll find the advice and support to get you started and keep you going. From preparing a writing work-space to marshalling your material into both fiction and non-fiction genres, "Creative Writing For Dummies" has everything you need to help you unlock your creativity and make your writing sparkle.So, you want to be a writer - pick and choose between genres, gather the materials you need and develop the right routinesHe said what? When? - discover how to fit character, voice, dialogue and plot togetherTelling tales - differentiate between novels, novellas and short stories, write plays for the stage or screen, wax lyrical in poetry or dip into children's writingMatters of fact - blog about anything and everything, break into journalism, and let life stories, narrative non-fiction and travel writing leap off the pageFrom pastime to profession - crack the world of publishing and go professional with your hobby"Learn from one of the best editors and teachers in the business. She pushed my writing to award-winning status." -Dreda Say Mitchell, author of "Running Hot," winner of the CWA John Creasey Dagger Award in 2005.Open the book and find: Exactly where your writing talents lieWhy you need to be a good reader to become a good writerWhat turns words on a page into sparkling conversationWays to weave character, plot and structure togetherAll the different sub-genres of novel-writing - from thrillers to chick-litThe secrets of successful bloggingEditing tips that all writers can benefit fromThe inner workings of agencies and publishing houses

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started 7 Chapter 1: You and Your Writing 9 Chapter 2: Getting into the Write Mind 27 Chapter 3: Finding Material to Work With 43 Part II: Introducing the Elements of Creative Writing 55 Chapter 4: Creating Characters 57 Chapter 5: Discovering Dialogue 71 Chapter 6: Choosing a Narrator 83 Chapter 7: Describing Your World 97 Chapter 8: Plotting Your Way 109 Chapter 9: Creating a Structure 127 Chapter 10: Rewriting and Editing 141 Part III: Writing Fiction 153 Chapter 11: When Less is More: Crafting Short Stories 155 Chapter 12: Writing the Novel 169 Chapter 13: Once Upon a Time: Writing for Children 183 Chapter 14: Penning Plays 195 Chapter 15: Writing Screenplays 207 Chapter 16: Rhymes and Reasons: Writing Poetry 219 Part IV: Exploring Non-Fiction 231 Chapter 17: Breaking into Journalism 233 Chapter 18: Writing from Life 245 Chapter 19: Crafting Narrative Non-Fiction 263 Chapter 20: Travel Writing: Tales for Armchair Explorers 273 Chapter 21: All About Blogging 281 Part V: Finding an Audience 289 Chapter 22: Finding Professionals to Publish Your Book 291 Chapter 23: Becoming a Professional 311 Part VI: The Part of Tens 325 Chapter 24: Ten Top Tips for Writers 327 Chapter 25: Ten Ways to Get Noticed 333 Chapter 26: Ten Pieces of Writing to Inspire You 339 Index 347