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Creative Writing For Dummies, UK Edition

Maggie Hamand

ISBN: 978-1-119-99244-8 November 2010 386 Pages


Learn to:

  • Choose the writing genre that's best for you
  • Develop believable characters and engaging stories
  • Cherry-pick your life's material for non-fiction writing
  • Find a publisher and make your way as a professional writer

Develop the writing know-how that will keep your readers hooked

Do 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 routines
  • He said what? When? – discover how to fit character, voice, dialogue and plot together
  • Telling tales – differentiate between novels, novellas and short stories, write plays for the stage or screen, wax lyrical in poetry or dip into children's writing
  • Matters of fact – blog about anything and everything, break into journalism, and let life stories, narrative non-fiction and travel writing leap off the page
  • From 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 lie
  • Why you need to be a good reader to become a good writer
  • What turns words on a page into sparkling conversation
  • Ways to weave character, plot and structure together
  • All the different sub-genres of novel-writing – from thrillers to chick-lit
  • The secrets of successful blogging
  • Editing tips that all writers can benefit from
  • The inner workings of agencies and publishing houses

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