From the Back Cover
- Choose the writing genre that's best for you
- Develop believable characters and engaging stories
- Cherry-pick your life's material for non-fiction writing
- Find a publisher and make your way as a professional writer
Develop the writing know-how that will keep your readers hooked
Do you have an idea for a novel (or a poem, or an article, or a play…) that you'd love to finally get down on paper? Whatever your aim, inside you'll find the advice and support to get you started and keep you going. From preparing a writing work-space to marshalling your material into both fiction and non-fiction genres, Creative Writing For Dummies has everything you need to help you unlock your creativity and make your writing sparkle.
- So, you want to be a writer pick and choose between genres, gather the materials you need and develop the right routines
- He said what? When? discover how to fit character, voice, dialogue and plot together
- Telling tales differentiate between novels, novellas and short stories, write plays for the stage or screen, wax lyrical in poetry or dip into children's writing
- Matters of fact blog about anything and everything, break into journalism, and let life stories, narrative non-fiction and travel writing leap off the page
- From pastime to profession crack the world of publishing and go professional with your hobby
Dreda Say Mitchell, author of Running Hot, winner of the CWA John Creasey Dagger Award in 2005.
Open the book and find:
- Exactly where your writing talents lie
- Why you need to be a good reader to become a good writer
- What turns words on a page into sparkling conversation
- Ways to weave character, plot and structure together
- All the different sub-genres of novel-writing from thrillers to chick-lit
- The secrets of successful blogging
- Editing tips that all writers can benefit from
- The inner workings of agencies and publishing houses
About the Author
Maggie Hamand is a novelist, non-fiction author and journalist. In 1998, Maggie founded the hugely successful Complete Creative Writing Course at the Groucho Club in London, and has been teaching there since: her students have included many published authors. She is the author of two novels, The Resurrection of the Body and The Rocket Man.