List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Getting started; 2. Writing non-fiction; 3. Creating fictional characters; 4. Setting and atmosphere; 5. Showing not telling; 6. Writing realistic dialogue; 7. Finding true love; 8. Haunting, thrilling and killing; 9. Writing for children; 10. Sending your work to a publisher; Glossary; Answer to assignments; Useful addresses; Useful websites; Online dictionaries; Further reading; Index.