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Creative Writing For Dummies by [Hamand, Maggie]
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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • 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
′Learn from one of the best editors and teachers in the business. She pushed my writing to award–winning status.′
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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1925 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470742917
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (23 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EEOJU0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have several books on creative writing. Save yourself a lot of money, just buy this one. It reduces the essentials to simple lists which are logically arrived at. It expresses in clear logical ways just what you are doing,as well as giving exercises which are educational rather than just time consuming. Follow the advice in this book and you just can't go wrong. It can't write for you, and it would not want to as it always stresses the individuality of the author, but if you can't write after reading this you probably should give up. I wanted help in all sections of novel writing and I got my money's worth,. There is no area that is not covered. We should all be grateful to Maggie Hamand , she has written the definitive work for neophytes
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I have been looking at courses on Creative Writing, but all too expensive at this time in my life, so went for this book. It is excellent, it gives you motivation right from the first page, there are ideas, tips, and excercises. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Creative Writing as a starting point. You can treat it as a Course if you work your way through the book..... that is how I am using the book.
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I am learing so much about the different kinds of writing and the exercises are challenging and help me to look at things in different ways. This book is very much in keeping with the "For Dummies" principle of keeping things simple and fun. It has also helped to change the way I read books - giving me more insight and apppreciation for various skills and tactics the authors use. There are many sections that I will probably never use, as I cannot see myself trying to write a play or poem, but it is still interesting reading. And you never know ..... I am in the very early stages of creative writing and the book really encourages me to continue pursuing this interest.
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I needed some inspiration to move me on from where I was with my writing and thought that this book would be a good place to start - and it is!

Having read and used various other books, including the valuable Making Money Writing Letters To Magazines, and having gone through the fast track of getting payments for writing, I decided that expansion was the key not only to skills I already had but to learn whether or not I could use the new skills introduced in this book.

And what a wonderful way to learn it is.

They keep it simple, fun and oh so easy to follow, and whilst the exercises can be a little patronising at times, they are still worth doing if only to clear your head and get you into the writing frame of mind.

The book acts like a small course, and whilst it is lacking in depth, it gives you a wonderful introduction into the many ways you can turn an idea into something you want it to be, and can actually suprise you as you discover that you can indeed do poetry, or that you truly do think you can write a play.

Worth getting if only to expand your horizons and get you out of a writing rut.
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Got straight into it, considering the title it's actually very good, covers a lot of stuff in a no-nonsense sort of way, straight to the point.
It has excercises, tips, plenty of support and encouragement, just what i needed, i recommend it.
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Very useful book, split into handy categories, clearly written and informative, would recommend to any aspiring writer.
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Being a fledgling writer this is the best book that i could have brought. It is without doubt the most comprehensive of any 'how to' creative writing book I have ever read. I love the fact that it states very clearly in the first few pages, that if you are in it for the money to be made out of writing FORGET IT!!!! But that taken as read, the book is unstinting in it's cheerful support and very detailed advice to a budding writer, it seeks to educate as well as entertain. So in all the best kind of tutor! I only wish that I had known of it's existence years ago because i would have saved myself no end of frustration and bitter sense of failure. Buy it, you, will not regret it, I certainly don't!!!
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Great book for any budding writers out there. Some pretty common sense stuff in here, but it was great to just get me organised! Would recommend
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