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Creative Writing For Dummies, UK Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-99244-8
384 pages
November 2010
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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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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

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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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