Helps writers learn how to crafting their own breakout fantasy or sci-fi novel. This guide also helps in: developing the best plot structure; creating believable, exciting characters; writing compelling combat scenes; presenting technology that sounds as if it ought to work; and, also writing a strong proposal and finding the right publisher.
Can you save the missing elf before he is eaten by the big, bad wolf? Is the witch offering you a poisoned apple, or will she help you - by magically shrinking the giant pink rabbit that is terrorizing your castle? This book enables your family to create your own fairy tales.
There are hundreds of books on the market, all trying to teach you how to write a screenplay. Several of them are excellent and useful books. But never - until now - has there been a screenwriting manual written in the form of a screenplay.
Dissecting 21 screenplays, this book analyzes why certain aspects of a screenplay work and others do not. It looks at how the script of "Lawrence of Arabia" varies from the source, "Rear Window", and discusses screenplay adaptations in "Fargo", andasks why a screenwriter would introduce a hero so far into a script.
Offers writers a spectrum of resources and a structure of writing practice. This title shows you how to observe situations, acts, and themes-and use these observations as the basis for storytelling. It includes exercises and projects that help you draw an artistic self-profile to summarize what you need to investigate in your creative work.
Drawing on the expertise of the Oxford Dictionaries department, this revised edition of the New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors provides authoritative advice on the spelling of difficult and unusual words, variant forms, confusable words, hyphenation, capitalization, foreign and specialist terms, proper names, and abbreviations.
Suitable for a course in screenwriting. This book provides specific strategies for writing story, character, and script. It is useful as a working manual for screenwriters and offers hands-on advice for solving the many problems that crop up as the work progresses. It also includes examples of script format, a glossary of film terms, and more.
New Hart's Rules provides the information and guidance you need to prepare written copy to a high standard. Compiled by experts and using the resources of Oxford dictionaries it is the authoritative guide to style for writers, editors, and anyone who works with words.
YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING AND WRITING POETRY.Write Poetry - and Get it Published is a new edition of a long-standing and popular guide which offers you plenty of advice and ideas for inspiration as well as practical support for all aspects of the poetry writing and publication process.
Offers a comprehensive account of definitions and approaches to script. This book seeks to promote the distinctiveness of animation as a form of expression, and provides an account of the choices and approaches available to the scriptwriter/animator/director, and the particularities of each model.
Drawing on his extensive experience of poetry workshops and courses, Peter Sansom shows would-be poets how to write better, how to write authentically, and how to say genuinely what is to be said. He illustrates his book with many useful examples, covering the areas of writing techniques and procedures and drafting.
Each sketch reveals the author's infectious delight in writing between the lines of theatre, fiction and comedy.Charmingly packaged and published with flair, Pocket Playhouse is the perfect gift for all theatre and comedy writers.
A sequel to "Adventures in the Screen Trade", this work has more secrets to tell. It shares behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the sets of such movies as "The Princess Bride", "Misery and Maverick", and fills us in on what it's like to work with Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Clint Eastwood, amongst many other Hollywood players.
Reveals the art of creative nonfiction. This book shows you how to: gain access to your own memories; look for material outside of yourself; address ethical issues when writing about other people; tackle (and enjoy) background research; avoid cliches and discover fresh language; and keep the passion of writing alive.
Angwin believes the secret of good creative writing is a combination of creative imagination, the form or vehicle it takes and 'factor x'. This book addresses not only style and structure, but also the core, the imagination and the creation of conditions in which factor x may occur.
Whether you write fantasy, science fiction, or horror, your vampires, ghouls, aliens, and trolls need to be both compelling and meaningful. With Writing Monsters, you can craft creatures that will wreak havoc in your stories and haunt your readers' imaginations--and nightmares.
Writing about real lives takes various forms, which overlap and may be combined with each other: biography, autobiography, biographical criticism, biographical fiction, memoir, confession, diary. In these essays, the author considers some particularly interesting examples of life-writing, and contributes several of his own.
Well-structured form and function can combine to bring a story alive and turn it into a great film. Award-winning screenwriter Cowgill articulates the concepts of successful screenplay structure in clear language and offers a study of memorable films from the thirties to present day.
From the writer of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", "All the President's Men" and "Marathon Man", Oscar-winning screen writer William Goldman presents his memories and views of movie-making, and of acting greats such as Redford, Olivier, Newman and Hoffman.
Poetry Book Society Special Commendation The Independent 50 Best Summer Reads Welcome to a strange new world in which a poem can be written using only one vowel, processed through computer code, collaged from film trailers, compiled from Facebook status updates, hidden inside a Sudoku puzzle, and even painted on sheep to demonstrate Quantum T
Surveys the schemes, patterns and forms of English verse, and illustrates each variation with an original and witty self-descriptive example. In this fourth edition, the authors offer a personal take on why the book has played such an important role in the education of young poets and student scholars.
A guide to scriptwriting. It uses step-by-step processes illustrated with diagrams and charts to lend a visual structure to the teaching. It contains interviews with British writers and directors as well as a handy series of legal contracts, video clips and writing exercises.
A unique and indispensable guide to writing the short story. A collection of 26 specially commissioned essays from well-published short story writers who are also prize winners in the toughest short story competitions in the English language.
All drama takes the form of one of 36 situations. That was Georges Polti's theory about theatre, which he put forward in his book 36 Dramatic Situations, published in French in the mid-19th century. Combining re-imagined situations with cinematic examples, and chart-based analysis of 150 great films, this book is a stimulating tool for any writer.
An analysis, in which, the author rejects the 'pseudoscholarship' of historical criticism - 'that great demon of chronology' - that considers writers in terms of the period in which they wrote and instead asks us to imagine the great novelists working together in a single room.
Discusses the pleasure of reading, and why a novel succeeds or doesn't. The author delves into the character of the novelist, and reveals how novels have affected her own life. She describes the process of novel-writing, sharing the secrets of her own habits and theories of creativity. She also offers practical advice to aspiring writers.
This invaluable resource looks at all the latest markets for comedy writers, with new material on writing 'The Office' style docu-comedies, writing for children's TV, and even how to try out your own jokes in stand-up comedy routines.
Who else wants to write a best seller? What lies at the beating heart of this book is the belief that good writing can be taught and this is what this book sets out to do. This book provides detailed advice on writing fiction.
Video games is a lucrative new market for scriptwriters but writing for video games is complex and very different to traditional media (tv or film). This practical guide shows how you can adapt your writing skills to this exciting medium.
Full of both inspirational and practical advice, Writing Children's Fiction: A Writers' and Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing for some of the most difficult and demanding readers of all: children and young people. Part 1 explores the nature, history and challenges of children's literature, and the amazing variety of genres available for children from those learning to read to young adults. Part 2 includes tips by such bestselling authors as David Almond, Malorie Blackman, Meg Rosoff and Michael Morpurgo. Part 3 contains practical advice - from shaping plots and creating characters to knowing your readers, handling difficult subjects and how to find an agent and publisher when your book or story is complete.