"Teach Yourself Creative Writing" opens a window wide onto an exciting creative landscape - your own imagination. It covers a variety of different areas, using exercises to help the reader explore and develop their own ideas. This book makes the subject easy and therefore accessible to all. A great deal has happened in the creative writing world over the last five years and this new edition includes new chapters on 'Writing from Experience', 'Magazine Short Stories', 'Creative Writing Competitions', Research and the Internet' and 'The Writer and Technology'. It also restructures existing material to make it easier for the reader to navigate around the book: starting with short experimental forms of writing to get the reader started, moving on to bigger projects and further to specific writing techniques.
1 - Getting started/experimenting; Developing your talent / Writing form experience / How to write an article / The Short Story / The Magazine Short Story / Writing competitions; 2 - Directions/avenues; Writing poetry / Writing the novel / Writing for children / Writing for radio / Writing plays / Writing a non-fiction book; 3 - Techniques; Conducting an interview / The art of revision/style / Presentation of manuscripts / Characterization / Dialogue / Setting / Finding titles / Research and the internet; 4 - Technicalities; Editors, Publishers and Literary Agents / Writers circles / The Writer and Technology / The professional approach