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The perfect source for practical answers, reassurance, and inspiration for all would-be poets, short story writers, novelists, children's writers, playwrights, screenwriters, journalists, and bloggers

An indispensible guide for beginners, this book features guidelines for do's and don'ts, suggestions for crafting a distinctive style, and 100 different exercises. Topics cove
Paperback, 294 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2010)
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Rebecca Bradley
I think this book is exactly what it says it is in the blurb. It is a great book for writers new to creative writing. It is filled with easy to understand chapters and then workshops to get your creative juices flowing. It also covers the whole host of creative writing concepts from short stories, novels, screenplays and to blogging. Even if you are not at the beginning of your journey and are happily ploughing through a novel, this book may hold some great info about writing television screenpl ...more
Oct 05, 2014 Simon rated it really liked it
Shelves: creativity
A thorough and helpful book full of practical advice and inspirational exercises. I particularly liked Stephen May's exploration of contemporary genres such as life writing ("creative non-fiction") and blogging. However, technology continues to move on, so that his routine disregard for self-publishing feels out-of-date in view of the possibilities now opening up through e-books.
May 02, 2014 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Whether your a beginner or not this book is informative and written in plain english that anyone can understand. I'd love to be able to write and this book may help me on my way. The exercises in the book are helpful and are great practice. This new edition includes an expanded section on self- and digital publishing.
Rohin Whitford
Apr 28, 2015 Rohin Whitford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting read with a lot of useful references and exercises. Good for a kick up the butt to get you inspired and motivated.
Marilyn Stanley
Apr 19, 2014 Marilyn Stanley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads.

This book really contains everything you need to get your creative writing career kick-started. All the tips and tricks are laid out in one place. It is not written like a novel - more like a workbook - so it was a little harder to keep your focus.
Sep 06, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I won this book as part of the Goodreads first-reads contest.

This book is well-thought out as well laid-out. It is easy to read with lots of interesting exercises to help out in all facets of writing. It has lots of great advice and tips for writers.

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2nd read: September 5, 2015
Jan 05, 2014 Batsap rated it liked it
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A useful introduction to creative writing. The book covers a broad range of writing such as poetry, script writing and, of course, novels. It is easy to follow and has some good writing exercises.
Penny Raspenny
Jan 09, 2015 Penny Raspenny rated it really liked it
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Helpfull enough.
I mean it is pretty difficult to give instructions on a subject like that, but it certainly highlighted the important technical musts in creative writing.
Jun 27, 2014 kori rated it really liked it
It's actually much better than the generic cover suggests.
Mar 11, 2012 Bluecityladyy rated it did not like it
Too general.
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