This book draws on the author's column in The Guardian, 'Elements of Fiction'. Using examples from well-known recent novels, it examines the techniques by which fiction works. It will widen the vocabulary of anyone interested in contemporary fiction, not least by showing where it has elements in common with classic novels of the past.
Useful for readers and aspiring writers, this book contains what they need to know about the complexities of researching, writing and publishing fiction. It features essays on character, voice, writers' workshops and writers' health.
A breakout novel is one that rises out of its category - such as romance, mystery or thriller - and hits the bestseller lists. This title explains the elements that all breakout novels share and provides tips on how to write a breakout novel.
Features a 64 page booklet with exercises and instructions that focus on a 'right brain' approach to writing. This kit includes sixty exercise sticks that get stories off the ground, as well as 60 cards fueling creative descriptions, and four spinner palettes, which can ignite unexpected plot twists. It is suitable for the aspiring writer.
Are you worried about your grip on grammar? Know you need to write better to get through uni or progress in your career? Or do you want to write professionally? We can all improve our writing: grammar guru Roslyn Petelin shows us how in How Writing Works.
Writing Routes is an essential roadmap for anybody setting out on the journey of self-discovery through words. Seventy contributors from a variety of different backgrounds and circumstances explain how they came to write a particular piece and why, how they found ways of transforming their experience into writing, and how it was beneficial to them.
Whatever your goals, the ideas and techniques in this book can help you to unleash your imagination, overcome challenges and realize your most ambitions dreams - in short it will help you think outside the box!
Writing Works is a guide for writers or therapists working with groups or individuals and is full of practical advice on everything from the equipment needed to run a session to ideas for themes, all backed up by the theory that underpins the methods explained. Practitioners contribute detailed accounts of organizing writing workshops for clients.
Suitable for writers, this title includes chapters that offers a writing-related discussion, followed by a five-minute exercise. Five minutes a day spent on an exercise is one of the most effective methods there is to expand your potential and develop self-discipline.
A new anthology from renowned literary critic John Freeman, Freeman's: The Best New Writing on Arrival features never-before-published stories by Haruki Murakami, Louise Erdrich, Dave Eggers, Etgar Keret, Lydia Davis, David Mitchell, and others.
An inspiring, stimulating new edition of this writer's companion and practical guide to the craft of fiction, scriptwriting, poetry and more experimental forms of writing. Updated and revised throughout, the text now contains new chapters on writing for digital media, flash fiction, memoir, and taking your writing out into the world.
US television drama has gained recognition for its sophisticated narrative form, and the role of the writer has been central to this. Here television writers share their experiences and practices of writing for highly successful shows such as The Sopranos, Seinfeld, Cheers, Sex and the City, The Wire, Mad Men, The Big C and Boardwalk Empire.
Intended for aspiring writers, this coursebook covers creative process and 'going public', as well as the popular genres of fiction, poetry, and life writing. It includes sections, which offer advice and exercises, as well as extracts for study, taken from works by a range of writers, from Virginia Woolf to Patricia Highsmith.
Features coverage that ranges from inspiration, collaboration and the Seven Deadly Sins to the perils of unmotivated comic business, pitching screenplays in LA, sexist jokes and lunch with the Inland Revenue. This title offers journey into the world of comedy.
When the author burst onto the scene in 2003, he arrived with no particular literary education. Part biography, part reflection and part practical guide, this book explores the mysteries of why and how we tell stories, and the craft of writing fiction. It also reveals everything that the author learned the hard way.
The historical novel is not only an immensely popular genre, but also one that raises fascinating questions about the nature of key foundational concepts such as fact and fiction, history, reading and writing. This guide offers an introduction to both the genre and the critical debates around it.
The Adweek Copywriting Handbook covers every aspect of the copywriting process in simple and easy-to-understand steps for young advertising professionals and old pros alike. Starting at the very beginning of the process, the book shows copywriters how to get prepared to write on a product before moving on to the act of writing itself.
The story of English culture over a thousand years can be told as the story of changing ideas about the weather. Writers and artists across the centuries, looking up at the same skies and walking in the same brisk air, have felt very different things. This book is a celebration of English air and a life-story of those who have lived in it.
In a sequence of intimate conversations with some of the most influential and insightful writers of the twentieth century, the author explores the importance of region, politics and history in their work and that of their predecessors.
'This brilliant collection of essays should be a feast for his admirers, as well as for those who approach his dazzling oeuvre for the first time-Calvino is not only constantly and supremely intelligent; he is constantly and supremely faithful to his narrative imagination' Guardian
Suitable for tutors, students and other creative writing professionals, this edition includes 54 chapters that cover the three central pillars of writing creatively: theories of creativity, the craft of writing and creative writing as a business.
The Idea Writersguides both new and experienced copywriters through the process of creating compelling messages that sell. It shows readers what it's like to work in the fast-paced world of an agency while providing practical adviceplusdetails oncreatingaward-winning multimedia ad campaigns.
The short film is a unique narrative art form that, while lending itself to experimentation, requires tremendous discipline in following traditional filmic considerations. This book takes the student and novice screenwriter through the storytelling process and teaches them how to create a dramatic narrative that is at once short and complete.
What is the secret of good prose? Does writing well even matter in an age of instant communication? Should we care? This book tells about the modern art of writing, and shows us why we all need a sense of style.