From the Orange Prize-winning, Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Secret River comes this completely practical workbook that offers down-to-earth ideas and suggestions for writers or aspiring writers to get you started and to keep you going.
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.
What is it about a good book that hooks the reader and makes them want more? A good plot. How do you turn that seed of an idea into a great epic? This guide helps steer new writers through the minefield of the writing process. It explains how to create memorable characters, generate cliffhangers and keep up a pace that hooks readers.
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.
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.
Offering a guide to the screen writing profession, as well as practical guidance in the steps professional writers take to write a screenplay that comes from the heart, this title takes the reader through the nitty-gritty process of conceiving, outlining, constructing, and writing a screenplay in the professional format.
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.
Umberto Eco explores the intricacies of fictional form and method. With a series of examples, ranging from fairy tales to Mickey Spillane, Eco draws his readers in by making them collaborators in the creation of text, and in the investigation of some of fiction's most basic mechanisms.
Careers in the media have always been popular, but publishing is often particularly competitive, with thousands of graduates trying to get a foot in the door. This targeted, practical guide is ideal for anyone who wants to work in the industry, whether on traditional books and magazines or online publications.
Contains essays that cover such classics as "Dr Glas", first published in Sweden in 1905; "The Journey of the Stamp Animals"; "Life of Rossini"; "The Pilgrim Hawk" by Glenway Westcott; "The Headmaster's Papers" by Richard A Hawley; and, "The Story of Harold" by Terry Andrews.
"Following the tremendous success of our Musician's Notebook, this parchment notebook is a worthy companion for poets and wordsmiths of all ages. Part blank journal, part helpful workbook and reference"
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.
Features interviews with Jennifer Egan, Amy Hempel, Orhan Pamuk, Richard Powers, and Marjane Satrapi. This book presents a collection of conversations between writers and their mentors, taken from the pages of "The Believer".
Suitable for those interested in exploring personal material in their writing, this book examines how a range of successful writers approach personal material and the different modes and techniques they use. It focuses on a range of universal experiences including childhood, identity, adult relationships and loss.
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.
Provides an introduction to creative writing, covering the four genres: creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama. This book investigates a specific element of craft - Image, Voice, Character, Setting, and Story from a perspective that crosses various genres.
This is a companion to "The Creative Writing Handbook" now in its second edition. It is very much aimed at the individual writer, based on the idea that real writing comes from within and that writing is a craft, skill with determination, art with attitude.
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.
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.