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Creative Writing For Dummies - Maggie Hamand

Creative Writing For Dummies

Paperback Published: 26th June 2009
ISBN: 9780470742914
Number Of Pages: 380

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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

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

ISBN: 9780470742914
ISBN-10: 0470742917
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 26th June 2009
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 18.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.76
Edition Number: 1

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