Creative Writing

The Essential Guide

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(3 customer reviews)

Whether you're an established writer or a beginner, whether you see writing as a potential source of income, the road to stardom or as a personally rewarding spare-time occupation, this book will guide you through the writing process from the ideas stage through to the finish-line and on (should you wish) to the threshold of publication. Creative writing is for everyone, whether as a richly rewarding hobby, a means of self-discovery, a vehicle for self-expression or as a possible means of earning a living. The chances of hitting the Sunday Times best-seller list might be slim but if you're serious about developing your talent as a creative writer, if you need ideas and tips for getting your work finished, accepted and published then Creative Writing: The Essential Guide is the book for you. By the end of this book you will be able to use a variety of different prompts for your ideas even when you're not feeling inspired. You'll have a better idea of your strengths and weaknesses as a writer; you'll be able to look at your own work dispassionately and you’ll have the skills to edit and improve your work - making it the very best that it can be. You'll also gain important knowledge about the different genres and disciplines of creative writing and - crucially – you’ll have an idea of which outlet is the best for your own writing talent. Finally, if your goal is publication, you'll learn about the process of preparing your work ready for submission, including essential tips about style, layout and the etiquette of submitting a manuscript to both an agent and a publisher. Author: Tim Atkinson

Chapter Headings

Getting the Habit

Identify Yourself

Reading as a Writer

Fact and Fiction

Verse and Worse

The Novel

Be Your Own Editor

Short Story Writing

The Play’s the Thing

Genre Fiction

Writing Non-Fiction

Towards Publication

Help List

Author Bio 

Tim Atkinson is an award-winning UK blogger and a well-established author. A teacher for over twenty years, he was a regular contributor to the Times Educational Supplement before exchanging the classroom for a career of full-time writing. He is the author of several non-fiction books (including Fatherhood: The Essential Guide) as well as the acclaimed novel, Writing Therapy. He has also written plays, poetry and edited an anthology of new writing, ‘Tiny Acorns’. His website - - is among the most popular blogs in the UK and has featured in the national press as well as on radio and television. Tim has an MA in Education and a Diploma in Creative Writing and is a creative writing tutor and a mentor.

Customer Reviews...

Sharon Shevlane -
This is probably one of the most if not THE most up - to - date creative writing books on the market right now. It is part of the popular need - 2 - know essential guide series, which covers a wide range of subjects. I found the book lived up to everything it states on the cover, despite the fact that there are just over 100 pages it is packed with information. I thought the layout to be very interesting and good for getting you engaged. It consisted of twelve chapters each with a clear heading, that let you know what would be involved, the format of each chapter was a combination of explanations - examples - and instructions, covering every genre imaginable. I found the little hints/reminders on the margins very helpful as they remind you of the main points in each of the chapters, also the exercises were nice and simple yet very well thought out and effective. I can say that I am still enjoying this book and its one you will want to leave out in reach, you can pick up and find what you want easily. It also covered the different ways to both publish your work and how to generate interest, with good honest advice on all the latest sources like facebook, twitter, blogging etc. I also loved the way the author used humor to get some points across, and found myself laughing loudly in parts which was a big bonus, because if you enjoy doing something, you tend to make a greater effort. I also found for some reason early on into the book ideas just started to pop into my head and my note book was filing up by the end of it ! All in all a great book


Catharine Withenay (via Amazon) -
Who thought writing was easy? Once we actually start to write I don't think anyone does! Then we realise how complicated it is to put words together into sentences that make sense; then paragraphs that hold together; chapters that entice and books that can't be put down. All of a sudden, any advice that we can garner is welcomed, as we begin the steps towards the ultimate writer's dream: publishing our multi-award-winning bestseller. Creative Writing: The Essential Guide is a delightfully simple walkthrough the process, from first putting pen to paper through to guidance about the murky world of publishing. It is eminently readable, consisting of twelve clear chapters. The early chapters have many pertinent writing exercises (I am still struggling to rewrite the list of cliché phrases!) and as the book progresses it becomes more informative, up-to-date with current trends in social media. There are chapters focussing on specific styles of writing: novels, poetry, short-stories, non-fiction and script-writing. The style of writing is not academic, but clear and concise, even chatty at points. This makes it totally accessible for the beginner, but don't think that makes it lightweight: there is a lot of information to help anyone learning the craft of writing. What I appreciated most about the book was the layout. The wide margins enabled notes to be taken or added to the printed word. The large-print quotes that appeared were always relevant and often précised the current chapter. Informative and relevant, it has inspired me to continue with the practical exercises that will improve my writing and to perfect what I write, making it the best I possibly can prior to publication.


J. Blunt (via Amazon) -
This is a practical, pragmatic and helpful guide to all styles of creative writing. The exercises are interesting and challenging without being offputting (no rules to write three pages every morning that end up putting you off when life gets in the way), and approach the necessary skills for writing creatively in a way I haven't seen before, which is surprising, given the number of creative writing books I've read. It's a short book, so eminently readable, and yet covers a lot of ground, including a variety of different genres including poetry and scriptwriting, as well as tips on how to actually get published. All in all, I'd recommend this as a sensible investment if you are considering moving your writing on from pie in the sky to publication ready


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