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Complete Idiot's Guide to Creative Writing [Paperback]

Laurie Rozakis
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2 Sep 2004 Complete Idiot's Guide to
A fifty percent revision of a popular Complete Idiot's Guide® that now, more than ever, offers readers a thorough, creative writing class in a book, with Dr. Laurie Rozakis as their teacher. The book is refocused to more of an academic approach. Readers can begin to unlock their creativity from the first page, with fabulous exercises that help them explore their talents and experiment with different genres and forms of writing. These include (1) short stories, (2) narrative nonfiction, (3) memoirs, (4) magazine articles, (5) poetry, (6) drama and (7) blogging/freewriting.

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  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (2 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592572065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592572069
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 18.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 743,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creative Writing takes the fear out of writing intriguing plays, articles, scripts and more. Feel confident about getting what you want to say down on paper and getting paid for it. This guide includes valuable tips for finding the style of writing that's best for you, proven techniques for structuring plot and character and building dramatic tension, and expert advice on what an agent can do for your career.

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About the Author

Dr. Laurie Rozakis has published dozens of books, including Shaum's Quick Guide to Writing Research Papers, Study Skills for the Utterly Confused and The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Grammar & Style, Second Edition. She is a full professor of English and humanities at Farmingdale State University in New York and has taught English and research skills for more than 15 years.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Helpful, Poorly Written 12 Oct 2001
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I have to agree with the other poor review. This book seems to miss several key points. Firstly there is obvious confusion between 'creative' writing in terms of exploring and developing a talent and the professional aspect of writing for publication. The yardstick here seems to be that if you can generate an idea and write it you are a creative writer. The focus on American publishing is not helpful to UK readers and some of the 'humour' doesn't translate. Finally, the pedantic and dull prose suggests the author hasn't much empathy with the subject or is making an almighty ironic statement. My old copy is in an Oxfam bookshop. 'Nuff said
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This book was boring and a waste of time. I don't understand how it's gotten five-star ratings! The author makes attempts at humour whilst trying to cover what is pretty much an impossible topic (I am not sure you will ever find a wonderful book on 'how to write', although there are many better than this).
Maybe I'm being harsh, but I felt the author tried to cover too much. The book seemed to be a bit simplistic and offered me little help at all - oh, and it's American, so all the hints on getting published were pretty useless too.
If you're going to buy a 'how to write' book, try and get something more specialist. Failing that, just write anything and buy a Writer's Yearbook for details on how to get published. The editors will probably have more suggestions about your work than this book did.
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As a professional writer (articles and novels), I bought this book last year for general reference. It's far more than that. The book covers every aspect of writing, including peotry, scriptwriting, novel, short-story, agents and life as a writer. I recommend it to anyone doing a writing course - I bought a second copy recently as a birthday gift to my niece who wants to be a writer but doesn't know what to write. This book is an eye-opener for novice writers and a refresher course for seasoned writers.
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