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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: PoetryPart 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 thingPart V: Finding an audience Chapter 22: Finding editors/ publishers/ agents Chapter 23: Becoming a professionalPart VI: Part of Tens
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.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started.
Chapter 1: You and Your Writing.
Chapter 2: Getting into the Write Mind.
Chapter 3: Finding Material to Work With.
Part II: Introducing the Elements of Creative Writing.
Chapter 4: Creating Characters.
Chapter 5: Discovering Dialogue.
Chapter 6: Choosing a Narrator.
Chapter 7: Describing Your World.
Chapter 8: Plotting Your Way.
Chapter 9: Creating a Structure.
Chapter 10: Rewriting and Editing.
Part III: Writing Fiction.
Chapter 11: When Less is More: Crafting Short Stories.
Chapter 12: Writing the Novel.
Chapter 13: Once Upon a Time: Writing for Children.
Chapter 14: Penning Plays.
Chapter 15: Writing Screenplays.
Chapter 16: Rhymes and Reasons: Writing Poetry.
Part IV: Exploring Non-Fiction.
Chapter 17: Breaking into Journalism.
Chapter 18: Writing from Life.
Chapter 19: Crafting Narrative Non-Fiction.
Chapter 20: Travel Writing: Tales for Armchair Explorers.
Chapter 21: All About Blogging.
Part V: Finding an Audience.
Chapter 22: Finding Professionals to Publish Your Book.