Creative Writing For Dummies covers:
Part I: Gettingstarted
Part II: The Elements of CreativeWriting
Part III: Different Kinds of Fiction Writing
Part IV: Different kinds of Non-fictionwriting
Part V: Finding anaudience
Part VI: Part ofTens
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.
Creative Writing Exercises For Dummies is a step-by-stepcreative writing course designed to hone your craft, regardless ofability. Written by the founder of the Complete Creative WritingCourse at London's Groucho Club, this activity-based guide walksyou through the process of developing and writing in a wide rangeof genres including novels, short stories and creative nonfiction.The book includes writing prompts, exercises, mind maps, flowcharts and diagrams designed to get your ideas flowing. You'll getexpert guidance into character development, plot structure andprose, plus extensive insight into self-editing and polishing yourwork.
Whether you're a new writer with a seed of an idea you wouldlike to develop, or are looking to strengthen your creative writingskills, this book has you covered. Covering every aspect ofnarrative, from setting initial goals to formatting a manuscript,Creative Writing Exercises For Dummies provides the toolsand instruction you need to make your story the best it can be.Learn to spark your imagination and sketch out ideasCreate compelling characters and paint a picture withdescriptionDevelop your plot and structure and maintain continuityStep back from your work and become your own ruthlesseditor
The rise of e-books has opened up the publishing world, even tonon-established writers. If you have a story you're dying to tellbut aren't sure how, Creative Writing Exercises For Dummiesis the clear, concise solution you need.
So you want to write a novel? Great! That’s aworthy goal, no matter what your reason. But don’t settle forjust writing a novel. Aim high. Write a novel that you intend tosell to a publisher. Writing Fiction for Dummies is acomplete guide designed to coach you every step along the path frombeginning writer to royalty-earning author. Here are some thingsyou’ll learn in Writing Fiction for Dummies:Strategic Planning: Pinpoint where you are on theroadmap to publication; discover what every reader desperatelywants from a story; home in on a marketable category; choose fromamong the four most common creative styles; and learn theself-management methods of professional writers.Writing Powerful Fiction: Construct a storyworld that rings true; create believable, unpredictable characters;build a strong plot with all six layers of complexity of a modernnovel; and infuse it all with a strong theme.Self-Editing Your Novel: Psychoanalyze yourcharacters to bring them fully to life; edit your story structurefrom the top down; fix broken scenes; and polish your action anddialogue.Finding An Agent and Getting Published: Writea query letter, a synopsis, and a proposal; pitch your work toagents and editors without fear.
Writing Fiction For Dummies takes you from being awriter to being an author. It can happen—if youhave the talent and persistence to do what you need to do.