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Title:
The everything creative writing book : all you need to know to write a novel, short story, screenplay, poem, or article
Author:
Whiteley, Carol.
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Publication Information:
Avon, Mass. : Adams Media Corp., [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xii, 305 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary:
"The Everything Creative Writing Book" explains in simple terms how to express ideas correctly. This easy-to-follow reference teaches readers the basics of good writing and how to develop a writing style.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781580626477
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Book

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This title offers how-to advice on the creative writing process. Separate chapters offer discussions of the different facets of writing children's books, short stories, novels, screenplays, functional and literary non-fiction, and poetry. More general chapters offer advice on getting ideas, planning, and more.


Author Notes

Carol Whiteley is the cofounder of the Writing Doctor


Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Chapter 1 Preparing to Writep. 1
Find a Comfortable Place to Writep. 2
Tools of the Tradep. 4
Get into the Spirit of Creative Writingp. 7
Waking Up Your Musep. 7
Keep Writingp. 9
The Jarring "J"--Jealousy and Judgmentp. 12
Choose Your Formatp. 14
The Writing Processp. 15
Chapter 2 The Short Storyp. 17
It's Not Just a Short Storyp. 18
The Short Story Versus the Novelp. 18
In Shortp. 21
Short Story Startersp. 22
A Great, Gripping Endp. 22
Interview with Short-Story Writer Susan Fryp. 24
Chapter 3 The Novelp. 29
A Novel Definitionp. 30
What's Your Theme?p. 31
About Charactersp. 32
The Plot Linep. 34
Chronological Disorderp. 36
More on Dialoguep. 37
Interview with Literary Novelist Susanne Parip. 38
Interview with Science Fiction Author James Morrowp. 44
Chapter 4 Books for Prereadersp. 47
It's Not Child's Playp. 48
Books for Babiesp. 49
Books for Toddlersp. 50
Picture Booksp. 51
Interview with Picture-Book Author and Illustrator Leslie Tryonp. 53
Chapter 5 Books for Children and Young Adultsp. 63
Easy Readersp. 64
Chapter Booksp. 65
Books for the Middle Gradesp. 67
Young Adult Booksp. 68
Nonfictionp. 70
Chapter 6 The Screenplayp. 73
Writing for the Moviesp. 74
Screenplay Versus Novelp. 74
In Three Actsp. 77
Scene Elementsp. 78
Expositionp. 80
Learning the Lingop. 81
Interview with Screenwriter Bert Salzmanp. 82
Chapter 7 Functional Nonfictionp. 89
Dispelling the Fictionp. 90
Letter to the Editorp. 92
Interview with Letter-to-the-Editor Writer Shirley Ledgerwoodp. 94
The Press Releasep. 95
Interview with Business Writer Annalisa McMorrowp. 98
The Travel Piecep. 99
Destination Articlesp. 100
Interview with Travel Writer Louise Purwin Zobelp. 104
Chapter 8 Literary Nonfictionp. 107
The Memoirp. 108
Stitching It Togetherp. 110
Evaluating Your Workp. 112
Literary Criticismp. 113
The Literary Analysisp. 116
Interview with Literary Critic Ocean Howellp. 117
Chapter 9 Poetryp. 121
Defining Poetryp. 122
The Basicsp. 122
Words and Imagesp. 125
Figures of Speech and Figurative Languagep. 127
Putting Words on the Pagep. 128
Poetry Pointersp. 130
Interview with Poet Louis Phillipsp. 131
Chapter 10 Getting Ideasp. 133
Ideas Are Everywherep. 134
Where to Lookp. 134
How to Generate Ideasp. 139
Idea Exercisesp. 140
Choosing the Best Ideap. 142
Run with Itp. 143
How They Do Itp. 144
Chapter 11 Planningp. 147
Developing Your Ideap. 148
Charactersp. 150
Conflictp. 153
Point of Viewp. 154
Tonep. 156
Viewpoint and Tone Exercisesp. 158
Chapter 12 Researchingp. 159
Research Is Fun!p. 160
Researching for Nonfictionp. 160
Make It Realp. 161
Determine What You Need to Knowp. 165
Gathering the Informationp. 166
Now Start Diggingp. 168
Doing an Interviewp. 168
Sorting and Storingp. 170
Chapter 13 Organizingp. 171
The Organizational Processp. 172
Review the Materialp. 172
Decide Which Areas to Coverp. 172
Decide the Orderp. 173
Make an Outlinep. 174
Group Your Materialsp. 177
Chapter 14 Draftingp. 179
Getting Something onto the Pagep. 180
Starting at the Beginningp. 181
Traveling to the Middlep. 184
Reaching the Endp. 186
Example of a Successful Endingp. 188
Chapter 15 Editingp. 189
Rewriting Is Importantp. 190
How to Startp. 190
What to Look Forp. 191
Do a Character Checkp. 193
Make Your Changesp. 194
Now, Do It Againp. 195
Chapter 16 Evaluatingp. 197
Assess Your Achievementp. 198
Send Your Baby out into the Worldp. 198
Look Back in Order to Look Aheadp. 200
What Are Your Goals?p. 202
Consider Publishingp. 202
Moving Forwardp. 203
Chapter 17 Rhetorical Devicesp. 205
Words at Your Disposalp. 206
Alliterationp. 207
Allusionp. 208
Analogyp. 209
Metaphor and Similep. 210
Onomatopoeiap. 214
Personificationp. 216
Repetitionp. 216
Understatementp. 218
Chapter 18 Word Usage Pitfallsp. 221
Part of the Rewriting Processp. 222
Clichesp. 222
Weak Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, and Adverbsp. 224
Unnecessary Wordsp. 227
Unclear, Unvaried, and Run-on Sentencesp. 228
Inconsistent or Inappropriate Tonep. 231
Excessive Use of Passive Voicep. 234
Chapter 19 Overcoming Writer's Blockp. 237
When Your Creative Juices Aren't Flowingp. 238
Causes of Writer's Blockp. 238
Dealing with the Problemp. 241
If You Are Stuckp. 241
If You Lost the Energyp. 243
If You Are Stressedp. 243
A Change of Sceneryp. 244
Additional Strategiesp. 245
Chapter 20 Working with Othersp. 247
Collaborationp. 248
Winning Teamsp. 250
Joining a Writers' Groupp. 252
A Group of Criticsp. 253
Taking a Writing Class or Attending a Workshopp. 254
Chapter 21 Getting Publishedp. 257
Making It Happenp. 258
Protecting Your Workp. 259
Starting Smallp. 261
Getting an Agentp. 262
Dealing with Rejectionp. 265
Self-Publishingp. 267
Interview with Magazine Editor Mark Whiteleyp. 269
Appendix A Writing Samplesp. 273
Short-Story Excerptp. 274
Screenplay Excerptp. 275
Letter to the Editorp. 284
Travel Piecep. 285
Essay Excerptp. 288
Poemp. 294
Appendix B Writing Resourcesp. 295
Booksp. 296
Referencesp. 297
Web Sitesp. 298
Writing Programsp. 299
Writers' Workshops and Coloniesp. 299
Writing Guildsp. 299
Indexp. 300