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Creative Writing Exercises for Dummies

Maggie Hamand

ISBN: 9788126553570

384 pages

Exclusively distributed by Penguin 

INR 499


A step-by-step creative writing course designed to help build your skills and hone your craft, whatever your ability. This hands-on, activity-based title walks you through the process of developing and writing a wide range of narrative genres, including novels, short stories and creative non-fiction. Whether you are a writer with a seed of an idea that you want to develop or looking to build your skills in creative writing, we have them covered.




I Getting Started with Creative Writing Exercises

1 Your Writing Project

2 Sketching Out Ideas


II Realizing that Character is Everything

3 Developing Your Characters' Backgrounds

4 Creating Drama through Dialogue

5 Embodying Your Characters

6 Developing Your Dialogues

7 Conveying Characters' Thoughts

8 Exploring Point of View

9 Creating Complicated, Well-Rounded Characters


III Painting the Picture with Description

10 Navigating the Locations in Your Stories

11 Appreciating the Power of the Senses

12 Getting Things Done: Describing Action and Activity

13 Building Character with Objects and Possessions

14 Using Description to Create Atmosphere and...and...Suspense!

15 Managing Metaphor, Similes and Symbols

16 Describing the Ineffable: Saying What Can't Be Said


IV Developing Your Plot and Structure

17 Writing a Gripping Opening

18 Plotting Your Way to Great Stories

19 Making Good (Use of) Time in Your Writing

20 Structuring a Longer Work of Fiction

21 Tightening the Tension to Enthral Readers

22 Expanding Your Ideas into Larger Narratives

23 Approaching the Grand Finale: The End's in Sight!


V Polishing Your Product:  Revising and Editing

24 Reviewing and Rewriting Your Work

25 Whipping Your Masterpiece into Shape

26 Polishing Your Work for Publication


VI Part of Tens

27 Ten Top Aids for Writers

28 Ten Great Ways to Stay the Course




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