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The Road to Somewhere : A Creative Writing Companion

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This revised, updated and expanded new edition of The Road to Somewhere will help you to acquire the craft and disciplines needed to develop as a writer in today's world. It is ideal for anyone - student writers, writing teachers and seasoned authors - seeking practical guidance, new ideas and creative inspiration. The Road to Somewhere: A Creative Writing Companion, second edition offers: - new chapters on writing for digital media, flash fiction, memoir, style and taking your writing out into the world - updated chapters on fiction, scripts, poetry, and experimental forms - an examination of creative processes and advice on how to read as a writer - many practical exercises and useable course materials - extensive references and suggestions for further reading - information on how to get work published or produced, in real and virtual worlds - tips on how to set up and run writing workshops and groups - a complete Agony Aunt section to help with blocks and barriers - guidance on the more technical aspects of writing such as layout and grammar. And, to lighten your writing journey a little, we've tried to make this second edition even wittier and smarter than the first. So whether you see yourself as a published professional or a dedicated dabbler, this is the book to take along for the ride.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 18mm | 399.99g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • biography
  • 1137263563
  • 9781137263568
  • 314,045

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Praise for the first edition: "The idea of life as a story, and the story being a journey explains the title The Road to Somewhere. As a writer you need to keep progressing and improving, and the four people who have co-edited the book together aim to help you along that journey...If you are starting out and are feeling a little lost and lonely, here is an excellent companion." - Richard Bell, Writing Magazine "This comprehensive, intelligent guide approaches writing on all levels, from basics like punctuation to the trickier parts like plotting and structure. As well as nuts and bolts advice, it includes chapters on journal writing,creativity and dreams. With dozens of writing books around, this one stands out for its greater range and depth, and its eminently readable style.' - Sarah Tierney, City Lifeshow more

About Robert Graham

Robert Graham is Subject Leader of Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), Cheshire, UK. Helen Newall is Reader in Performing Arts at Edge Hill University, UK, and is also a professional playwright. Heather Leach was formerly Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at MMU, Cheshire, UK. Julie Armstrong is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at MMU, Cheshire, UK. John Singleton was one time Subject Leader of Creative Writing at MMU, UK.show more

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This revised, updated and expanded new edition of The Road to Somewhere will help you to acquire the craft and disciplines needed to develop as a writer in today's world. It is ideal for anyone - student writers, writing teachers and seasoned authors - seeking practical guidance, new ideas and creative inspiration. The Road to Somewhere: A Creative Writing Companion, second edition offers: - new chapters on writing for digital media, flash fiction, memoir, style and taking your writing out into the world - updated chapters on fiction, scripts, poetry, and experimental forms - an examination of creative processes and advice on how to read as a writer - many practical exercises and useable course materials - extensive references and suggestions for further reading - information on how to get work published or produced, in real and virtual worlds - tips on how to set up and run writing workshops and groups - a complete Agony Aunt section to help with blocks and barriers - guidance on the more technical aspects of writing such as layout and grammar. And, to lighten your writing journey a little, we've tried to make this second edition even wittier and smarter than the first. So whether you see yourself as a published professional or a dedicated dabbler, this is the book to take along for the ride.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements.- Notes on Contributors.- Introduction; Heather Leach.- PART I: GETTING GOING 1. Becoming a Writer; Heather Leach.- 2. Creativity; Heather Leach.- 3. Journals & Notebooks; Robert Graham.- 4. The Necessity of Mess; John Singleton.- 5. Visions and Dreams; Julie Armstrong.- 6. A Writer's Territory; Julie Armstrong.- 7. Reading As A Writer; Heather Leach.- 8. Writing Together: Groups and Workshops; Heather Leach.- 9. Reflection: Looking Your Words in the Face; Robert Graham and Heather Leach.- 10. Revision: Cut It Out, Put It In; Robert Graham.- PART II: ON THE ROAD 11. Layout for Fiction & Memoir; Robert Graham.- 12. Characterisation; Robert Graham.- 13. Point of View; Robert Graham.- 14. Dialogue; John Singleton.- 15. Setting; Helen Newall.- 16. Plot: Your Vehicle; Robert Graham.- 17. Immediacy: It's Showtime; Robert Graham.- 18. Style; Robert Graham.- 19. Memoir; Robert Graham.- 20. Flash Fiction; David Gaffney.- 21. Scriptwriting for Nervous Beginners; Helen Newall.- 22. Poetry; Robert Sheppard and Scott Thurston.- 23. Poetry for People Who Don't Like Poetry; Heather Leach.- 24. Digital Writing; Heather Leach and Helen Newall.- PART III: GOING WHERE? 25. Writing As Self-Invention; Julie Armstrong.- 26. Taking Your Writing Out Into The World; Robert Graham.- 27. Getting Published; John Singleton.- 28. How Not Being Published Can Change Your Life; Heather Leach.- PART IV: HELP 29. Paragraphing and Punctuation; Robert Graham.- Agony Aunt.- PART V: GOING FURTHER Writer's Bookshelf.- Writers' and Readers' Festivals.- Notes.- Index.show more

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