Creative Writing & Screenwriting Books

  • WACP
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    Written by a published author who has been there, seen it and done it all, How to Write a Children's Picture Book and Get it Published will show you how your dream of seeing your very own children's book in print can come true.

    Guiding you step by step through all the processes involved in making a successful picture book, it starts by giving advice on what to write about for children and how you should write it before going on to reveal how you should present this book for publication.

    There is an easy-to-use picture book layout plan and examples of successful title sheets and covering letters to inspire you. It also covers how to write for the eBook market and will tell you everything you need to know about selling to agents and publishers.
  • JWCW
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    Whatever stage they're at, would-be writers will find this how-to guide to creative writing essential. Packed with information, support, advice and tools for how to write in a way that turns heads, it also reveals how the publishing industry works.

    Alongside all the tips, tricks and insider secrets that are unveiled is a six-month subscription to Writing Magazine and a gorgeous notebook so that writers can jot down any ideas that come into their heads. There's also a CD included that is full of suggestions to help inspire creative writing of the highest calibre.
  • AJLHT
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    What often holds aspiring writers back is the lack of confidence to get started. How do I structure my story? How do I bring my characters to life and make them believable? How do I write convincing dialogue? In this dip-into book a professional, award-winning writer and lecturer on creative writing has developed a collection of revealing and highly accessible masterclasses that will inform and encourage creative writers. The book is arranged in easy-to-find subjects and includes mini tutorials, examples, top tips, and summaries of learning points in: developing all your writing skills; keeping the reader involved; creating great characters; writing natural dialogue; using viewpoint effectively; and enjoying the process of writing. The lessons are designed to increase your skills, add to your knowledge, and help you fulfil your creative potential.
  • ADERZ
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    Is this the right book for me? A comprehensive guide to writing poetry Write Poetry - and Get It Published is a user-friendly and comprehensive guide written by two well-published poets that will prove indispensible if you're seeking creative guidance, inspiration and practical advice. Covering everything from mood, style and tone to poetry on the internet, this fully updated edition will help you find your voice. Containing straightforward advice and the very latest on prizes, festivals and performance poetry, this book will enable an aspiring or seasoned poet alike to gain the confidence and necessary knowledge to write and publish compelling poetry. Write Poetry and Get it Published includes: Chapter 1: What does it take to be a poet? Chapter 2: Bump-starting the poem Chapter 3: A challenge to the reader: groundwork exercises Chapter 4: Getting started: working arrangements Chapter 5: I gotta use words when I talk to you Chapter 6: Letters, alphabets and lists Chapter 7: Visualizing Chapter 8: Drafting and revision Chapter 9: Using models Chapter 10: The co-operative approach Chapter 11: Subject matter Chapter 12: Context, mood and tone Chapter 13: Writing in different modes Chapter 14: Style Chapter 15: Getting the rhymes to chose you Chapter 16: It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing Chapter 17: Translation Chapter 18: Writing for children Chapter 19: Getting published Chapter 20: ipoems and cyber verse Chapter 21: Reading aloud Chapter 22: Poetry prizes and festivals Chapter 23: ars poetica Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Author insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. Test yourself Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extend your knowledge Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject. Five things to remember Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. Try this Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
  • AAFYB
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    Do you have an idea that you're burning to get down on paper? Do you want to document your travels to far-flung places, or write a few stanzas of poetry? Whether you dream of being a novelist, a travel writer, a poet, a playwright or a columnist, "Creative Writing For Dummies" shows you how to unlock your creativity and choose the genre of writing that suits you best. Walking you through characterisation, setting, dialogue and plot, as well as giving expert insights into both fiction and non-fiction, it's the ideal launching pad to the world of creative writing.
  • ADRJG
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    Writing the Screenplay not only guides you through the stages needed to create a good screenplay but also encourages you to develop dramatic situations, as well as creating vivid characters and the right structure for your story. The book is divided into two sections. Part one focuses on preparing to write, while part two goes through the writing process in straightforward and easy steps, from developing the idea to the final rewrite. Full of insight and drawing on the author's many years experience of writing and teaching, this book uses a wide range of examples from screenplays to illustrate the process of screenwriting in an entertaining and informative way.
  • AJLVG
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    We all love stories. But why do we tell them? And why do all stories function in an eerily similar way? John Yorke, creator of the BBC Writers' Academy, has brought a vast array of drama to British screens. Here he takes us on a journey to the heart of storytelling, revealing that there truly is a unifying shape to narrative forms - one that echoes the fairytale journey into the woods and, like any great art, comes from deep within. From ancient myths to big-budget blockbusters, he gets to the root of the stories that are all around us, every day.
  • ACBIH
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    The easy way to craft, polish, and get your play on stage Getting a play written and produced is a daunting process. From crystallizing story ideas, formatting the script, understanding the roles of the director stagecraft people, to marketing and financing your project, and incorporating professional insights on writing, there are plenty of ins and outs that every aspiring playwright needs to know. But where can you turn for guidance? Playwriting For Dummies helps any writer at any stage of the process hone their craft and create the most dramatic and effective pieces. * Guides you through every process of playwriting - from soliloquies, church skits, and one act plays to big Broadway musicals * Advice on moving your script to the public stage * Guidance on navigating loopholes If you're an aspiring playwright looking to begin the process, or have already penned a masterpiece and need trusted advice to bring it into the spotlight, Playwriting For Dummies has you covered.
  • AEJQB
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    Sometimes you want to write, but you don't know what to write about. Sometimes you know what to write about, but not how to make it work. This book will bring you a year's advice and inspiration to move your writing forward. Each two-page spread opens with learning points and advice, followed by interesting exercises to help you put this into practice. In 365 days you'll learn to: create believable characters write realistic dialogue let your reading improve your writing use personal experience to inspire fiction find the factors that get a story going choose the right tense and person for your stories show, rather than tell work out which writing rules really matter - and follow them
  • ALLQM
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    Designed to take you from the moment you first put your pen to paper to pitching and selling your completed screenplay, this is one of the most inspiring books on screenwriting you'll ever read. Practical exercises will teach you the craft of writing for film and television, both mainstream and independent, the art of building your own plots, characters, dialogue and scenes. It gives you the skills you need to succeed and helps you critique your own work, meaning that at every step of the writing process you'll be producing the best scripts you can. This book is filled with essential writing tools, including techniques for overcoming writer's block and how to find your unique voice. You will learn how to pitch and get your work optioned, how to work as part of a team and how to make the best use of social media - in all a comprehensive companion that you will keep coming back to as your career develops.
  • ALOWF
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    How To Write Everything is the ultimate writer's handbook. It tells you about every aspect of writing, from having an idea to getting the idea out into the world and getting paid for it, too. It covers everything from journalism to screen-writing, from speeches to sketches, from sitcoms to novels. With thirty years' experience as an award-winning script-writer, journalist, author and broadcaster David Quantick is ideally suited, as a writer, to write this definitive writer's guide to writing...everything.
  • AJKEF
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    Get Started in Creative Writing will help writers at the very beginning of their creative journey to gain confidence and find inspiration, and then support you in the completion of your first pieces of creative writing - a short story, a poem, a draft of a novel or screenplay. Each chapter includes a central writing exercise and four shorter ones, while key quotes, key ideas and focus points will be clearly signposted and will summarise important concepts and advice. At the heart of each chapter is a 'Workshop'. The Workshop is a key exercise, in which you will gain a deeper insight into the craft of writing. In addition to coverage of all the key genres and their conventions, this new edition includes an expanded section on self- and digital publishing, to reflect recent advances in technology and the wide variety of digital platforms now available for the distribution of creative writing. There will be a section on the latest trend of creative journalling, and insight into how to tap the potential of the Internet to be the world's largest creative writing workshop. What are you waiting for? This book has all you need to get started!
  • AILOD
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    Drawing on years of experience, and thousands of readers comments and reviews of her writing, Cathy Glass provides a clear and concise, practical guide on writing and the best ways to get published. Bestselling author Cathy Glass has written and published 18 books, sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide, and had no 1 bestsellers in both the UK and the US. In that time she has received thousands of emails from readers asking for her help and advice on writing and being published. This book details how to achieve both. Divided into four sections, Cathy guides you through the entire process, from composing your first paragraph to seeing your book in print. Topics include: * Making the time to write * Planning, revising and editing your writing * Different types of writing and genres * Finding an agent and publisher * How to self-publish * Promoting your work so it is a success Clear, concise and packed full of practical tips, About Writing is an invaluable guide for all aspiring writers.
  • ADMGV
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    "20 Master Plots" looks at 20 plot patterns that have stood the test of time. Each one is discussed and analysed so that readers can apply these plots to their own work. Readers also will learn how to choose and develop plots, regardless of subject matter. The result is cohesive and convincing fiction that's unforgettable for readers everywhere. It includes: checklists/exercises at the end of each chapter offer a plan of execution that readers can apply immediately to their own work; examples and explanations of different plot types and the key elements to include when developing them; and, friendly, knowledgeable tone and proven content. This updated and refreshed edition also includes downloadable PDF checklist forms that can be printed off and filled in for each new project.
  • AMVRQ
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    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.
  • ALCEN
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    The only comprehensive Creative Writing title on the market that goes beyond introducing the basic genres to offering a complete journey along the writing path, including material on editing, redrafting and polishing a piece of work. Featuring the unique Workshop exercises to encourage readers to hone their work rather than just progressing through a number of exercises. Takes the reader from complete beginner or committed amateur to the point you've completed, edited and redrafted your work and are ready for publication.
  • AQDOG
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    Reinvigorate Your Fiction! You've written the first draft of your novel or screenplay, and you've released it into the world: to your critique group, to your most trusted beta readers, or even to an agent or an editor. But something's wrong. You're not getting the glowing response you had expected, or you might have even received a rejection. Your story is getting a "Meh..." when you had hoped for an "Amazing!" But have no fear--the piece you've sweated and bled over isn't dead on arrival. It just needs fixing. Story Fix is the answer to your revision needs. With practical techniques from critically acclaimed author and story coach Larry Brooks, you will learn how to: * Develop a story-fixing mind-set* Navigate the two essential realms of revision: story and execution* Evaluate your novel or screenplay against twelve crucial storytelling elements and essences.* Strengthen your concept and premise.* Punch up the dramatic tension, pacing, thematic weight, characterization, and more.* Align your story with proven structural principles.Filled with candid advice on the realities of the publishing world and helpful case studies of real authors who fixed their own stories, Story Fix isn't just about revision--it's about resurrection. Infuse your fiction with a much-needed jolt of electricity, and bring it back to life. "Larry Brooks is a superb storyteller and teacher. If anyone can fix your novel, it's him. Put this one on your desk and read it often." --Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon and New York Times best-selling author of My Sister's Grave "Story Fix is the ultimate writer's companion for taking any manuscript to the next level. A staple for the beginner, a refresher for the pro." --Joe Moore, #1 Amazon and international best-selling co-author of The Blade and The Shield
  • BGNBU
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    This bestselling guide to all areas of publishing and the media is completely revised and updated every year. The Yearbook is packed with advice, inspiration and practical guidance on who to contact and how to get published. Foreword to the 2018 edition by David Lodge New articles in the 2018 edition on: - Writing popular history by Tom Holland - Editing and writing by Diana Athill - Ghostwriting by Gillian Stern - Writing Thrillers by Kimberley Chambers - The health and wellness market by Anita Bean - Self-publishing online by Harry Bingham - How to choose your agent by Jo Unwin - First Chapters by Emma Flint - Pitching your ideas by Mike Unwin - How to make a living by Alison Branagan All articles are reviewed and updated every year. Key articles on Copyright Law, Tax, Publishing Agreements, E-publishing, Publishing news and trends are fully updated every year. Plus over 4,000 listings entries on who to contact and how across the media and publishing worlds In short it is 'Full of useful stuff' - J.K. Rowling
  • BPKKK
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    Robert McKee & Thomas Gerace's new book Storynomics translates the lessons of storytelling in business into economic and leadership success. McKee distils a lifetime of narrative insight into the Eight Essential Steps of Story structure. This invaluable wisdom will help you develop the identity of your brand and hold the attention of your audience.
  • BQYRA
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    Behind every great television show is a group of professionals working at the top of their games-but no one is more important than the writers. And while writing comedy, especially good comedy, is serious business-fraught with actor egos, demanding producers, and sleepless nights-it also can result in classic lines of dialogue. Sitcom Writers Talk Shop: Behind the Scenes with Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, and Other Geniuses of TV Comedy is a collection of conversations with the writers responsible for some of the most memorable shows in television comedy. The men and women interviewed here include series creators, show runners, and staff writers whose talent and hard work have generated literally millions of laughs. In addition to Reiner (The Dick Van Dyke Show) and Lear (All in the Family), this book features in-depth interviews with: *James L. Brooks (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Simpsons) *Al Jean (The Simpsons, The Critic) *Leonard Stern (The Honeymooners, Get Smart) *Treva Silverman (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) *Ken Estin (Cheers) *Matt Williams (Roseanne, Home Improvement) *Dava Savel (Ellen) *Larry Charles (Seinfeld) *David Lee (Frasier) *Phil Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond) *Mike Reiss (The Simpsons) From these conversations, readers will learn that the business of writing funny has never been all laughs. Writers discuss the creative process, how they get unstuck, the backstories of iconic episodes, and how they cope with ridiculous censors, outrageous actors, and their own demons and fears. Sitcom Writers Talk Shop will appeal to fans of all of these shows and may serve as inspiration to anyone considering a life in comedy.
  • BAKDH
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    With this latest book in the SCAD Creative Essentials series from the esteemed Savannah College of Art and Design, comics writer and instructor Mark Kneece gives aspiring comic book writers the essential tools they need to write scripts for sequential art with confidence and success. He provides a practical set of guidelines favoured by many comic book publishers and uses a unique trial and error approach to show would-be scribes the potential pitfalls they might encounter when seeking a career in comics writing. The Art of Comic Book Writing strips away the mysteries of this popular artform and provides real-world advice and easy-to-follow examples for those looking to write for the comics medium.
  • BDPMH
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    Ever watch a movie, and despite great production value, fantastic action sequences, a great cast, etc, you come away thinking-I just didn't buy it. Chances are it was because you didn't care about the characters. Screenwriter's Compass presents a new way of approaching screenwriting, examining how effective screen storytelling must be grounded in the vivid imagining and presentation of character. Screenwriter's Compass will not offer formulas to follow but instead will give you the tools needed to chart your own path to screenwriting success. It details useful ways of thinking about writing, as well as practical ideas and concepts to help you discover the unique geography of your own imagination and navigate the problems posed by the struggle to express vision, agenda, and story. You'll learn how to root your writing in motivation and voice, to create screenplays that seduce and make your reader lean forward, and, most importantly, identify with your characters.
  • BMXQF
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    Wonderbook has become the definitive guide to writing science fiction and fantasy by offering an accessible, example-rich approach that emphasizes the importance of playfulness as well as pragmatism. It also exploits the visual nature of genre culture and employs bold, full-color drawings, maps, renderings, and visualizations to stimulate creative thinking. On top of all that, the book features sidebars and essays from some of the biggest names working in the field today, including George R. R. Martin, Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, and Karen Joy Fowler. For the fifth anniversary of the original publication, Jeff VanderMeer has added an additional 32 pages of diagrams, illustrations, and writing exercises creating the ultimate volume of inspiring advice that is also a stunning and inspiring object.
  • BBVER
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    This is a guide to the basic storytelling principles essential for producing truly memorable video games. It provides developers with comprehensive, but easy-to-follow advice. It comes from video game writer and game writing instructor Evan Skolnick. Video Game Storytelling provides developers with comprehensive, but easy-to-follow advice for facilitating the creation of compelling storylines in today's most popular and narratively successful video games. Video game writer and game writing instructor Evan Skolnick offers a clear and concise development reference guide for aspiring and professional developers, showing how each role (from character designer to animator to audio engineer and more) is impacted by and can affect the story/narrative of a game. This book aims to instill an understanding and appreciation of the basic storytelling principles that are essential for producing truly memorable video games that will bring today's savvy gamers back time and time again.