Inspired creative writing: 52 brilliant ideas from the master wordsmiths

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Infinite Ideas, Apr 23, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 256 pages
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In Inspired creative writing Alexander reveals some brilliant insights into making your writing more effective. Drawing on his years of experience as a writer, editor and publisher, Alexander shares insider tips on every aspect of writing, from overcoming writer's block, to creating characters so real they leap off the page, via how to chose your writing style, how to develop and maintain the right atmosphere for your writing, and much more besides. Packed with practical and realistic advice, ideas and techniques, this book will prove an invaluable aid to any writing experience. Whether you write part-time as a hobby or are intent on being the next Grisham or Proust, combining Inspired creative writing with your passion and talent will prove a winning formula.
 

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Contents

1 Limbering up
1
2 Taking the plunge
5
3 Second sight
11
4 Playing games
15
5 Shall I compare thee to a summers day?
19
6 Blowing your trumpet
25
7 Digging the dirt
29
8 When the rhythm starts to play
33
30 Keeping up with the Joneses
131
31 Theres no place like home
135
32 Poetic licence
141
33 Westerns waterworlds and beavers
145
34 Every which way but loose
149
35 Whos got the map?
153
36 All good things come in threes
159
37 Buy one get everything else free
163

9 There once was a man from Kentuckett
37
10 Style is everything
43
11 A sensuous transcendent sublime chapter
47
12 Thats so abstract dude
51
character or plot?
55
14 Born slippy
59
15 You are what you own
65
16 Say what?
69
17 Accent marks
73
18 There may be trouble ahead
77
19 Its alive
83
20 Fast and furious
87
21 Playing god
91
22 Variations on a theme
95
23 What are you looking at?
99
24 Through the eyes of the beholder
105
25 Too many cooks
109
26 Its all in the past
113
27 Changing lanes
117
28 Virtual realty
123
29 Changing rooms
127
38 Coming over all emotional
167
39 Subletting your story
171
40 Yakety yak dont talk back
177
41 Size doesnt matter
181
42 Show and tell
185
43 The big read
189
44 Armageddon
195
45 Surgery or butchery?
199
46 Getting down and dirty
203
47 Spring cleaning
209
48 Learn to let go
213
49 Dont cause a drama
217
50 The short and curlies
223
51 The good the bad and the ugly
227
52 Its all about you
231
Bonus idea 1 Start anywhere start now
237
Bonus idea 2 Whats in a name?
241
Bonus idea 3 Design without the despair
245
The end
249
Index
251
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Alexander Gordon Smith, 30, is the author of The Inventors, which was shortlisted for the Wow Factor competition. He writes non-fiction books and articles and is the co-writer of the Scooby Doo: World of Mystery magazine. He also runs his own publishing company, promoting and building talented new writers and poets. He lives in Norwich.

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