- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1976168406
- ISBN-13: 978-1976168406
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Andrew Chamberlain is a writer and creative writing tutor. He has ghost-written several commercially published memoirs, including the bestselling Once an Addict by Barry Woodward. His short stories and novel length fiction have been commercially and self-published, in print and online. Since 2014 he has presented The Creative Writer's Toolbelt, a podcast that gives practical advice on the craft of writing. Andrew's focus is on providing accessible advice to writers that they can apply straight away to their own work. The Creative Writer's Toolbelt Handbook, is a compilation of the very best advice and insight from the first 100 episodes of the podcast. With contributions from over twenty guests, the Handbook will cover all the fundamental dimensions of creative writing, with examples of best practice, from the writers, editors, and publishing professionals who have guested on the podcast. Andrew is a blogger for the Association of Christian Writers at the More than Writers website, and has been a regular speaker at the Lakes School of Writing autumn retreat. He has spoken at numerous writing events across the country and was a panellist at last year's Eastercon Science Fiction convention. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and their slightly over enthusiastic labrador Pippin. You can contact Andrew via his website at www.andrewjchamberlain.com
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I highly recommend this easily reference-able creative writing resource, which I’m sure to: underline, highlight, dog-ear, sticky note, and tab. As I’m sure to be re-reading and referring back to again and again for years to come.
Thank you Andrew J. Chamberlain. I love being able to keep this well loved podcast close at hand.
So, the first question you might ask is, why did he invest? After all, there’s no shortage of books on writing. I first caught on to Andrew’s writing podcast through a link to an interview with one of my favourite writers. What appealed to me was that he was a very good interviewer and that his questions to authors drew out many useful tips centred around the process of writing itself. In fact, his podcasts on writing are liberally sprinkled with interviews with writers and others closely connected to the writing trade (e.g. editors and publishers).
However, this book and the podcast’s main focus is to give practical tips on creative writing in a systematic and comprehensive manner. Andrew does this in easily digestible chunks. The handbook is a distillation of the podcast into book form. For me, it's a very valuable addition to the podcast and it exploits the podcast by carefully cross-referencing the relevant broadcasts. Thus book and podcast create a synergistic effect. The book compensates for the weakness of the podcast form by enabling the reader to easily find the most relevant information for the particular writing task being undertaken. My five stars relate to this symbiotic partnership. Don’t get me wrong, the book is completely self-contained, but if you purchase this book and haven’t yet listened to the podcast, it will certainly enhance your overall experience and vice versa.
If you’re after a solid resource to help with your fiction writing, something you can look up whenever you get stuck or when you want to improve a certain aspect of your story, then this is the book for you.