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Writing From Start to Finish: A Six-Step Guide [Paperback]

Kate Grenville
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1 Aug 2001
A new handbook to help beginners kickstart their writing by prize-winning author and long-time writing teacher, Kate GrenvilleDo you find yourself staring at a blank piece of paper, waiting for the words to pour out? If you find writing difficult, this book is for you. Award-winning novelist Kate Grenville shares her method-the 'Six Steps' approach to writing. Whether you're writing a short story, essay, review or report, you can follow the same six steps every time. The steps include: *How to get ideas *How to plan your writing *How to revise. Don't worry. Along the way, Kate provides plenty of examples and hands-on, step-by-step guidance to help get you going-and keep you going. She also includes a quick guide to grammar and an exam kit for last-minute revision. Written in consultation with educational experts, and with a very user-friendly approach, this is an ideal guide for high school students-but it's also full of practical tips to inspire writers of all ages. Many how-to-write books make writing sound hard-this one will give you the confidence to know you can do it. and practical instructions on how to improve their writing.

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (1 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1865085146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1865085142
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 17.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 780,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Can help you knock out writers block." --"Boston Herald"

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Kate Grenville is a prize-winning fiction writer whose novels include Lilian's Story, Joan Makes History and The Idea of Perfection. She has an M.A. degree in Creative Writing and has run writing workshops at universities in the U.S.A. and Australia since 1981. She is also the author of the bestselling The Writing Book: A workbook for fiction writers.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Chanel 31 Jan 2014
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This is a very good book with an unusual approach to writing fiction but far from the dull prose you'd normally read in a writing manual. The author gets straight to the point and the exercises are easy to follow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for aspiring writers 27 Nov 2003
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Whenever you write, whatever you write, getting started is generally the hardest part of the process.
Most established writers develop a routine - it may be a ritual they complete before settling into their work, it may be a certain literary approach to their writing. Whatever it is, it has usually evolved after spending an inordinate amount of time staring at a blank screen.
For many newcomers, however, writing remains a mysterious process that inexplicably occurs.
Fortunately for these writers, help is at hand in the form of a new how-to book from Kate Grenville, an award-winning novelist who has run writing workshops in universities in the US and Australia since 1981.
Grenville's approach to writing, as detailed in `Writing From Start to Finish', is different from many others. Instead of thinking ahead of writing, she prefers to reverse the process, by allowing the mind to "roam around the topic in a free-form way".
This is the time, she says, to explore the topic, making a few notes as you go. Once you have enough literary titbits, you can begin placing them in some kind of order, expanding upon some and deleting others. By this time, "the process of creating and the process of judging" are separate.
So, once the writer has written, the internal editor is free to edit. Too often, as Grenville argues, the situation is reversed by thinking before writing.
`Writing From Start to Finish' simplifies the process of writing and presents it as six steps that can be applied to a novel, essay or report. They are:
* Getting ideas (in no particular order)
* Choosing (selecting the most useful ideas)
* Outlining (putting these ideas into order - making a plan)
* Drafting (writing a first draft, from beginning to end, without going back)
* Revising (cutting, adding or moving parts of this draft where necessary)
* Editing (proof-reading for grammar, spelling and meaning)
Each step is demonstrated by two sample pieces of writing - a story and an essay - which evolve through the course of the book. At the end of the book, the reader will have achieved a polished piece of writing.
There are many writing books available, but if you're looking for a user-friendly introduction to the craft, Grenville's book will ease you in gently and guide you along the way.
-- Michael Meanwell, author of the critically-acclaimed 'The Enterprising Writer' and 'Writers on Writing'. For more book reviews and prescriptive articles for writers, visit [...]
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