This book provides a step-by-step, practical guide to the process of writing. Although the emphasis is on creative writing, fiction, poetry and drama, it also covers autobiographical writing, the writing of reports and essays. Because this is a book about process, rather than product, it also looks at the practice of adaptation and editing. The book: shows new writers how to get started; encourages experimentation and creativity; stimulates critical awareness through the inclusion of illustrative texts; and encourages writing as a skill, as well as an art-form. It includes practical suggestions and self-evaluation exercises, as well as tips on style, sentence structure, punctuation and vocabulary.