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Creative Writing & Screenwriting Books

Do you want to learn more about creative writing? Have you ever dreamed of being a screenwriter and seeing your words spoken by actors on the stage or screen? Book People has a hand-picked selection of creative writing and screenwriting books for sale.

  • How To Write a Great Story

    Caroline Lawrence

    Product Code: BZHZN
    Paperback
    Stories are incredibly powerful so if you become a writer, be careful. Your book could change the world. Caroline Lawrence shares her best tips in this illustrated guide to creative writing and storytelling for readers and writers aged 9+. . . Featuring examples from all kinds of stories, including Black Panther, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, The Incredibles and Star Wars, Caroline explores every aspect of writing - from brainstorming a setting, to creating an opponent and choosing your hero's greatest weakness. Inspired by Caroline's school events and workshops, and illustrated with Linzie Hunter's lively black and white artwork on every page, this is the perfect addition to the bookshelves of young writers everywhere.
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  • The Writer's Creative Workbook

    Joy Kenward

    Product Code: BZQKP
    Paperback
    The Writer's Creative Workbook is a practical and insightful guide into the joyful craft of mindful writing. Focusing on the transformative process of writing and conscious creativity, this beautifully illustrated part-manual, part-journal explores the holistic value of writing for writing's sake. Author Joy Kenward invites story-tellers, poets, travel-writers, journalists and letter-writers - in fact anyone curious about the ancient wisdom of mindfulness and its relevance to the modern creative voice - to embrace affirmations, meditations and Buddhist wisdom. With practical exercises and astute notes on dissolving creative block, planning, time, and caring for your words, this is a must-have companion to help any creative wordsmith flow, flourish, and be mindful.
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  • The Creative Writing Journal

    Julian Flanders

    Product Code: BYGXY
    Paperback
    Want to be a writer? The Creative Writing Journal is a treasure trove of inspiration for anyone wanting to know the nuts and bolts of writing. It includes more than 40 helpful exercises to teach you to wield words to get the results you want when you put pen to paper. This book takes you through every process of writing, from plotting and planning a novel and developing characters to generating ideas and learning how to write pithy, effective prose for any situation. It contains everything you need to get the creative juices flowing.
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  • How to Write a Children's Picture Book and Get it Published, 2nd Edition

    Andrea Shavick

    Product Code: BUXKT
    Paperback
    This book provides comprehensive advice on what to write about for children, how to write it, and how to present the work professionally for publication. It includes an easy-to-use picture book layout plan and tried and tested examples of title sheets and covering letters. It also includes everything a writer needs to know about the international picture book market and how to sell to agents and publishers. This new edition contains advice on enhancing your text for the ebook market.
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  • Write a Novel in 10 Minutes a Day

    Katharine Grubb

    Product Code: AMVRQ
    Paperback
    Would you like to write but have no spare time? Do you not know where to begin? 'The Ten-Minute Novel' will help you sculpt a full-length piece of creative writing in just ten minutes a day. Starting with a daily practical exercise, it will help you manage your writing schedule within this time frame and help you bring your novel to life. You will be able to clarify your vision and review your time commitments, as well as understand your own abilities. Learning to observe the world around you, write quickly and tap into your unique voice will help you to create all the elements of your story and, by the time you've finished all the exercises, you'll have created something beautiful.
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  • Imagine Out Loud

    Jane Davenport

    Product Code: CBPJI
    Paperback
    Jane Davenport's stunning journal will send women on a satisfying journey of self-discovery. Bombarded by constant demands from work, home, family, friends, and social media, women crave the opportunity to slow down and reflect on what is truly important. Journaling is a proven therapeutic process that promotes well-being and sparks creativity, but newcomers can feel intimidated the first time they face a blank page. Where should they begin? Imagine Out Loud combines famed artist Jane Davenport's inspirational artwork, trademark "Jane-isms," and quotations with compelling journaling prompts. Readers will be moved to write, make lists, doodle, and draw. Designed to encourage introspection and self-discovery, Imagine Out Loud will be a constant companion in the search for creative and personal fulfillment.
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  • Crime Writing

    Brian Price

    Product Code: CBKPS
    Paperback
    How many times have you read a crime novel describing a poisoning, a stabbing, an explosion or a shooting and realised it's wrong? Mistakes jar and can undermine a brilliant plot. This guide will help you to avoid these mistakes, save you research time and ensure that your writing is scientifically credible. Crime writers increasingly look for accuracy in their work and this book, which assumes no previous scientific knowledge, will be a valuable asset for both novices and experienced writers and will also fascinate readers who love crime fiction. This book explains: * The nature of poisons and how they work. * How to knock out a character and avoid killing them * The nature of explosives are and what happens in an explosion.. * How fires start and their effects on people and buildings. * Firearms, suppressors and how they work. Mechanisms for murder. * Tips on fighting back from an attack and escaping from captivity. * Problems of body disposal and crime scene clean-up. * The nature and use of DNA. * Forensic techniques & how evidence can be misinterpreted.
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  • Literary Devices

    Amy Jones

    Product Code: CAWWD
    Paperback
    What is the difference between literal and figurative writing? Is there really a secret set of tricks used by top authors to make their writing even better? Why not use these tricks all the time? This excellent little book, by English literature and creative writing tutor Amy Jones, provides a vital introduction to the essential literary devices used by writers for thousands of years to engage and charm their readers, and better describe their worlds in words. WOODEN BOOKS are small but packed with information. "Fascinating" FINANCIAL TIMES. "Beautiful" LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS. "Rich and Artful" THE LANCET. "Genuinely mind-expanding" FORTEAN TIMES. "Excellent" NEW SCIENTIST. "Stunning" NEW YORK TIMES. Small books, big ideas.
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  • Writing Intersectional Identities

    Janelle Adsit (Assistant Profe

    Product Code: BZTVT
    Paperback
    Is it okay to write about people of other genders, races and identities? And how do I do this responsibly? Whether you are working in fiction, poetry, drama or creative non-fiction, becoming conscious of how you represent people of different social identities is one of the most important responsibilities you have as a writer. This is the first practical guide to thinking and writing reflectively about these issues. Organised in an easy-to-use A to Z format for practicing writers, teachers and students, Writing Intersectional Identities covers such key terms as: Appropriation Authenticity Body Class Counternarrative Disability Essentialism Gender Indigenous Power Privilege Representation The book is meant for writers of fiction, poetry, screenplays and creative non-fiction who are seeking to develop a writing practice that is attentive to the world. The book is supported by a companion website at www.criticalcreativewriting.com.
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  • The Creative Writing Coursebook

    Julia Bell

    Product Code: BZHRK
    Paperback
    The success and popularity of creative writing courses at universities across the country belies the myth that writing can't be taught. The Creative Writing Coursebook, edited by Julia Bell and Paul Magrs, takes aspiring writers through three stages of essential practice: 'Gathering' - getting started, learning how to keep notes, making observations and using memory; 'Shaping' - looking at structure, point of view, character and setting; and 'Finishing' - being your own critic, joining workshops and finding publishers. Fully updated and including a foreword by Marina Warner and contributions from forty-five authors such as Kit de Waal and Amy Liptrot, this is the perfect book for people who are just starting to write as well as for those who want some help honing work already completed. Filled with a wealth of exercises and activities, it will inspire budding writers to develop and hone their skills. Whether writing for publication, in a group or just for pleasure this comprehensive guide is for anyone who is ready to put pen to paper.
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  • Key Questions in Personal History

    Emotional Inheritance

    Product Code: BZBVU
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    Our individual memories define us. Our tribal memories unite us. Emotional Inheritance works with psychologists, writers and historians to provide a premium interview and life story production service. Now, this boxed set of 100 cards provides simple effective questions to help you undertake this process yourself, without an external interviewer. Questions are grouped into categories such as `Early Childhood', `Adulthood', `Marriage and Parenthood', `The Future' and `Leaving Advice' so that a structured narrative and lasting legacy can be created from the interviewee's answers.
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  • Finding True Connections

    Gareth St John Thomas

    Product Code: BZBUJ
    Hardback
    Our individual memories define us. Our tribal memories unite us. If these are missing, parts of us are missing too. The Emotional Inheritance division of Exisle Publishing works with a global team of psychologists, writers and historians to provide a premium interview and story production service, to capture the life stories of elderly family members. This approach is in line with emerging social trends to once again honour and value our ancestors, and is intended to help these generations capture their stories so that they can leave a lasting, meaningful legacy. Now, Finding True Connections clearly and simply sets out the steps necessary for you to undertake this process yourself, without an external interviewer. Designed as a series of double-page spreads, on the left-hand page is a prompt question while, on the facing page, notes provide context to the question and tips and guidance for how to gain the most meaningful answers.
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  • Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2020

    Product Code: BYLOS
    Paperback
    Packed with practical advice, guidance and inspiration about all aspects of the writing process, this Yearbook is the essential resource on how to get published. It will guide authors and illustrators across all genres and markets: those looking for a traditional, hybrid or self-publishing route to publication; writers of fiction and non-fiction, poets and playwrights, writers for TV and radio, newspapers and magazines. New articles for the 2020 edition include: - Raffaella Barker Writing romantic fiction - Chris Bateman Narrative writing for video games - Dean Crawford Why self-publishing can be a good option - Jill Dawson On mentoring - Melissa Harrison So you want to write about nature ... - Kerry Hudson Putting characters at the heart of your novel - Mark Illis Changing lanes: writing across genres and forms - Maxim Jakubowski Defining genre fiction - Antony Johnston Creating graphic novels - Suzanne O'Sullivan Writing about science for the general reader - Tim Pears Writing historical fiction - Di Redmond Ever wanted to write a saga? - Anna Symon Successful screenwriting - Ed Wilson Are you ready to submit?
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  • Writing to Persuade

    Trish Hall

    Product Code: BYHQS
    Hardback
    Trish Hall's essential new work on writing well is a sparkling instructional guide to persuading (almost) anyone, on (nearly) anything. Hall has spent years immersed in argument, passion and trend-setting ideas-but also in tangled sentences, migraine-inducing jargon and dull-as-dishwater writing. Drawing on her experience editing everyone from Nobel Prize winners and global strong-men (Putin) to first-time pundits (Angelina Jolie), Hall presents the ultimate guide to writing persuasively for students, job applicants and authors. Setting out the core principles for connecting with readers, Writing to Persuade combines boisterous anecdotes with practical advice, offering an accessible guide to the art of effectively communicating above the digital noise of the twenty-first century.
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  • Fight Write

    Carla Hoch

    Product Code: BXVRO
    Paperback
    Whether a side-street skirmish or an all-out war, fight scenes bring action to the pages of every kind of fiction. But a poorly done or unbelievable fight scene can ruin a great book in an instant. In Fight Write you'll learn practical tips, terminology, and the science behind crafting realistic fight scenes for your fiction. Broken up into "Rounds," trained fighter and writer Carla Hoch guides you through the many factors you'll need to consider when developing battles and brawls. In Round 1, you will consider how the Who, When, Where, and Why questions affect what type of fight scene you want to craft. Round 2 delves into the human factors of biology (think fight or flight and adrenaline) and psychology (aggression and response to injuring or killing another person). Round 3 explores different fighting styles that are appropriate for different situations: How would a character fight from a prone position versus being attacked in the street? What is the vocabulary used to describe these styles? Round 4 considers weaponry and will guide you to select the best weapon for your characters, including nontraditional weapons of opportunity, while also thinking about the nitty-gritty details of using them. In Round 5, you'll learn how to accurately describe realistic injuries sustained from the fights and certain weapons, and what kind of injuries will kill a character or render them unable to fight further. By taking into account where your character is in the world, when in history the fight is happening, what the character's motivation for fighting is, and much more, you'll be able write fight scenes unique to your plot and characters, all while satisfying your reader's discerning eye.
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  • Creativity and Copyright

    John L. Geiger

    Product Code: BXMQF
    Paperback
    Inspired by Strunk & White's The Elements of Style, this elegant, short reference is the perfect guide for screenwriters and creative artists looking to succeed as industry professionals. Readers will quickly understand the laws that govern creativity, idea-making, and selling, and learn how to protect themselves and their works from the legal quagmires they may encounter. Written by an unrivaled pair of experts, John L. Geiger and Howard Suber, who use real-life case studies to cover topics such as clearance, contracts, collaboration, and infringement, Creativity and Copyright is poised to become an indispensable resource for beginners and experts alike.
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  • Dear Ally, How Do I Write a Book?

    Ally Carter

    Product Code: BWLEV
    Paperback
    Problem plot lines? Character chaos? Ask Ally! The definitive guide to writing from one of teen fiction's best-loved authors. Writing finally has its own agony aunt in bestselling author, Ally Carter. Always wanted to write? Not sure how to begin, or what to do with tricky characters or pesky plotlines? Ask Ally! Ally Carter is the internationally bestselling author of Gallagher Girls, Embassy Row and Heist Society. Known for her gripping plots and adventures that combine danger and glamour in equal measure, Ally knows how to write brilliant books for teen and YA readers. Now Ally and her author friends want to help YOU write the book you've always dreamed of. Part agony aunt, part writing guru, this writing guide is thoughtful, witty and best of all, useful. With advice from some of children's fiction's brightest stars including Holly Black, Cassandra Clare and Kody Keplinger.
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  • The Science of Storytelling

    Will Storr

    Product Code: BWFNA
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    `One of my absolute favourite writers' Decca Aitkenhead Who would we be without stories? Stories mould who we are, from our character to our cultural identity. They drive us to act out our dreams and ambitions, and shape our politics and beliefs. We use them to construct our relationships, to keep order in our law courts, to interpret events in our newspapers and social media. Storytelling is an essential part of what makes us human. There have been many attempts to understand what makes a good story - from Joseph Campbell's well-worn theories about myth and archetype to recent attempts to crack the `Bestseller Code'. But few have used a scientific approach. This is curious, for if we are to truly understand storytelling in its grandest sense, we must first come to understand the ultimate storyteller - the human brain. In this scalpel-sharp, thought-provoking book, Will Storr demonstrates how master storytellers manipulate and compel us, leading us on a journey from the Hebrew scriptures to Mr Men, from Booker Prize-winning literature to box set TV. Applying dazzling psychological research and cutting-edge neuroscience to the foundations of our myths and archetypes, he shows how we can use these tools to tell better stories - and make sense of our chaotic modern world.
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  • The Work of Revision

    Hannah Sullivan

    Product Code: BWBWT
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    Revision might seem to be an intrinsic part of good writing. But Hannah Sullivan argues that we inherit our faith in the virtues of redrafting from early-twentieth-century modernism. Closely examining changes made in manuscripts, typescripts, and proofs by T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and others, she shows how modernist approaches to rewriting shaped literary style, and how the impulse to touch up, alter, and correct can sometimes go too far. In the nineteenth century, revision was thought to mar a composition's originality-a prejudice cultivated especially by the Romantics, who believed writing should be spontaneous and organic, and that rewriting indicated a failure of inspiration. Rejecting such views, avant-garde writers of the twentieth century devoted themselves to laborious acts of rewriting, both before and after publishing their work. The great pains undertaken in revision became a badge of honor for writers anxious to justify the value and difficulty of their work. In turn, many of the distinctive effects of modernist style-ellipsis, fragmentation, parataxis-were produced by zealous, experimental acts of excision and addition. The early twentieth century also saw the advent of the typewriter. It proved the ideal tool for extensive, multi-stage revisions-superior even to the word processor in fostering self-scrutiny and rereading across multiple drafts. Tracing how master stylists from Henry James to Allen Ginsberg have approached their craft, The Work of Revision reveals how techniques developed in the service of avant-garde experiment have become compositional orthodoxy.
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  • Monkeys with Typewriters

    Scarlett Thomas

    Product Code: BVNWJ
    Paperback
    Stories are everywhere... Exploring the great plots from Plato to The Matrix and from Tolstoy to Toy Story, this is a book for anyone who wants to unlock any narrative and learn to create their own. With startling and original insights into how we construct stories, this is a creative writing book like no other. It will show you how to read and write better.
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  • Smash Poetry Journal

    Robert Lee Brewer

    Product Code: BUZTU
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    A Poetry Journal to Poem Your Days Away! Don't wait for inspiration to strike! Whether you're an aspiring or published poet, this book will help you get in a frame of mind to make creative writing a consistent part of your life. With prompts from Robert Lee Brewer's popular Writer's Digest blog, Poetic Asides, you'll find 125 ideas for writing poems along with the journaling space you need to respond to the prompt. 125 unexpected poetry prompts such as from the perspective of an insect, about a struggle, or including the word change Plenty of blank space to compose your own poems Tips on unique poetic forms and other poetry resources Perfectly sized to carry in a backpack or purse, you can jot down ideas for poems as you're waiting in line for a morning coffee or take it to the park for a breezy afternoon writing session. Wherever you are, your next poem is never more than a page-turn away.
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  • How To Write A Page-Turner

    Jordan Rosenfeld

    Product Code: BUZGK
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    Infuse Your Fiction with the Powerful Tug of Tension! Tension is the heart of conflict, the backbone of uncertainty, the hallmark of danger. It keeps readers guessing and characters on their toes. When you've got tension in place, stories leave readers breathless and wanting more. When it's missing, scenes feel inconsequential, plots drag, and characters meander. Learning the craft of writing can sometimes feel like a paint by numbers approach--connect compelling character A to plot event B. To avoid writing that's formulaic, predictable, and slow, How to Write a Page Turner will help you sew the threads of tension tight for an unforgettable story. You'll learn how to: Recognize the essential tension elements of danger, conflict, uncertainty, and withholding, and add them to your fiction Create levels of tension in your characters through flaws, dialogue, power struggles, and more Build tension at energetic markers throughout the plot Use intimate imagery, strong sentences, and well-chosen words to build tension in exposition While this book walks you through the key areas that need tension building, from character to plot, it also delves deeper, analyzing exceptional examples from contemporary fiction's most gripping page-turners. So as you dive into the inner conflicts of a character's deepest psyche, to the mechanics of how you reveal information to the reader, you'll also discover how to craft a story your readers can't put down!
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  • Just Write

    Nigel Watts

    Product Code: BUXJK
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    This beautiful gift is for writers at any stage, whether you're just starting out or know exactly what you want to write. It's a full writing course, packed with information, support, advice, ideas and tools to help you focus your writing and share it with the world. It includes a 6-month subscription to Writing Magazine and a beautiful notebook in which to record your thoughts and ideas on the go, or as you listen to the accompanying MP3 CD. Full of inspiring, creativity-boosting suggestions, you'll not only learn how to write with confidence but also discover how the publishing industry works, who does what, and how decisions are made. Discover the tips, tricks and insider secrets that will help you fine-tune your creative writing - and launch your publishing career. Includes: * Chris Sykes' Complete Creative Writing Course - the 368pp book * Complete Creative Writing Course - the audio accompaniment to the Complete Creative Writing Course book. * The Insider's Guide to Publishing - full of tips and insights (Features the key content from Teach Yourself's Get Your Book Published and Get Started in Self-Publishing) * Deluxe notebook for when inspiration strikes * 6-month subscription to Writing Magazine ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their stories. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises, and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community, at tyjustwrite.com, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.
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  • Talk to Me

    Dean Nelson

    Product Code: BUKHN
    Paperback
    From respected journalist, professor, and founder of the Writer's Symposium by the Sea, a book that demystifies the art and science of interviewing, in the vein of On Writing Well or How to Read Literature Like a Professor. "Dean Nelson is one of the best interviewers around."-Anne Lamott Interviewing is the single most important way journalists (and doctors, lawyers, social workers, teachers, human resources staff, and, really, all of us) get information. Yet to many, the perfect interview feels more like luck than skill-a rare confluence of rapport, topic, and timing. But the thing is, great interviews aren't the result of serendipity and intuition, but rather the result of careful planning and good journalistic habits. And Dean Nelson is here to show you how to nail the perfect interview every time. Drawing on forty-years of award-winning journalism and his experience as the founder and host of the Writer's Symposium by the Sea, Nelson walks readers through each step of the journey from deciding whom to interview and structuring questions, to the nitty gritty of how to use a recording device and effective note-taking strategies, to the ethical dilemmas of interviewing people you love (and loathe). He also includes case studies of famous interviews to show readers how these principles play out in real time. Chalk full of comprehensive, time-tested, gold-standard advice, Talk to Me is an indispensable guide to the subtle art of the interview guaranteed to afford readers with the skills and confidence they need the next time they say, "talk to me."
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If you’re a big reader or a huge fan of TV and films and think it was about time you tried your hand at making up your own story then finding where to start can be tough. As fun as writing is, getting started can be really daunting and that’s when you need some advice and exercises to put you in the right direction. Our creative writing books and screenwriting guides are sure to help you get that manuscript finally finished.

Pen your masterpiece

Never fear the dreaded writer’s block with one of our creative writing books under your arm. Whether you’re looking for help with character, plot, setting, dialogue or need some advice on how to pen the perfect poem, our creative writing guides can get your masterpiece out of you in no time.

Coach your creative side

Our writing books are filled with exercises to inspire creative thought and get you started on your new project. Wherever you’re at in your writing career or if you’re just writing for fun, we’ve got the best creative writing books for aspiring and professional authors, poets, screenwriters and playwrights alike.