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Creative Writing for Dummies


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Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started 7 Chapter 1: You and Your Writing 9 Chapter 2: Getting into the Write Mind 27 Chapter 3: Finding Material to Work With 43 Part II: Introducing the Elements of Creative Writing 55 Chapter 4: Creating Characters 57 Chapter 5: Discovering Dialogue 71 Chapter 6: Choosing a Narrator 83 Chapter 7: Describing Your World 97 Chapter 8: Plotting Your Way 109 Chapter 9: Creating a Structure 127 Chapter 10: Rewriting and Editing 141 Part III: Writing Fiction 153 Chapter 11: When Less is More: Crafting Short Stories 155 Chapter 12: Writing the Novel 169 Chapter 13: Once Upon a Time: Writing for Children 183 Chapter 14: Penning Plays 195 Chapter 15: Writing Screenplays 207 Chapter 16: Rhymes and Reasons: Writing Poetry 219 Part IV: Exploring Non-Fiction 231 Chapter 17: Breaking into Journalism 233 Chapter 18: Writing from Life 245 Chapter 19: Crafting Narrative Non-Fiction 263 Chapter 20: Travel Writing: Tales for Armchair Explorers 273 Chapter 21: All About Blogging 281 Part V: Finding an Audience 289 Chapter 22: Finding Professionals to Publish Your Book 291 Chapter 23: Becoming a Professional 311 Part VI: The Part of Tens 325 Chapter 24: Ten Top Tips for Writers 327 Chapter 25: Ten Ways to Get Noticed 333 Chapter 26: Ten Pieces of Writing to Inspire You 339 Index 347

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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