The Writer's Source Book: Teach Yourself

The Writer's Source Book: Teach Yourself

Paperback Teach Yourself

By (author) Chris Sykes

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  • Publisher: Teach Yourself Books
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 18mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1444135910
  • ISBN 13: 9781444135916
  • Sales rank: 32,974

Product description

Is your creative writing in need of inspiration? Do you need confidence to create watertight plots and believable characters? The Writer's Source Book provides dozens of practical exercises to help you create storylines, craft people and generate ideas, with support and creative insight for every stage. It will give you support in identifying your genre and crafting your work around it, and help you to understand the complexities of plot and character before beginning to create your own. Inspired and inspiring exercises will help you master the structure of your book, story or play, while focused and innovative advise will help those who have run into trouble. This is a technical manual ideal for any writer who needs to build, fix, polish or perfect their storyline.

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Author information

Chris Sykes is a writer, poet and scriptwriter. He teaches creative writing at Oxford University, the City Literary Institute, and the University of Sussex. He has written and extensively published poetry, is a former BBC scriptwriter, and has written and directed plays in the West End and elsewhere. He is a former Deputy Chair of the Writers Guild of Great Britain.

Table of contents

1. What comes first: character or plot? 2. Finding characters 3. Building characters 4. Troubleshooting characters 5. Finding genre 6. Breaking down the elements of story and plot 7. What do stories want? 8. Beginnings 9. Middles 10. Endings 11. What goes wrong with a story and how to fix it? 12. Alternative story structures 13. Dialogue in stories 14. Reading as a writer