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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.

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Creative Writing & Screenwriting Books

  • The Hero

    Lee Child

    Product Code: CBWQI
    WHAT MAKES A HERO? WHO BETTER TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION THAN LEE CHILD... 'It's Lee Child. Why would you not read it?' Karin Slaughter 'I don't know another author so skilled at making me turn the page' The Times In his first work of nonfiction, the creator of the multimillion-selling Jack Reacher series explores the endurance of heroes from Achilles to Bond, showing us how this age-old myth is a fundamental part of what makes us human. He demonstrates how hero stories continue to shape our world - arguing that we need them now more than ever. From the Stone Age to the Greek Tragedies, from Shakespeare to Robin Hood, we have always had our heroes. The hero is at the centre of formative myths in every culture and persists to this day in world-conquering books, films and TV shows. But why do these characters continue to inspire us, and why are they so central to storytelling? Scalpel-sharp on the roots of storytelling and enlightening on the history and science of myth, The Hero is essential reading for anyone trying to write or understand fiction. Child teaches us how these stories still shape our minds and behaviour in an increasingly confusing modern world, and with his trademark concision and wit, demonstrates that however civilised we get, we'll always need heroes.
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  • Adaptation for Screenwriters

    Robert Edgar (Senior Lecturer

    Product Code: CBPZC
    Develop the critical and creative skills to `translate' a story from page to screen with this step-by-step guide to the process of screen adaptation you'll learn to: - interrogate a novel or short story to release its `inner film' - convert fictional prose into visual drama - overcome the obstacles presented by different media `languages' - approach key strategic decisions - both technical and interpretive - draft and re-draft your plot, characters and dialogue - professionally format and submit your finished script In addition to examples taken from `literary classics', contemporary novels, genre fiction, short stories, and biographical material, Marland and Edgar embrace the wider phenomenon of re-telling and updating existing stories, such as the `appropriation' of popular figures, inter-film adaptation (sequels and `reboots'), and development into other visual forms including graphic fiction and video games. Whether you are producing a faithful adaptation of Tolstoy's War and Peace, or planning to pair up the crime-fighting duo of Sherlock Holmes and Batman, Adaptation for Screenwriters will be your guide.

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.

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