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Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings Hardcover – 6 December 2005
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- Publisher : Routledge; 1st edition (6 December 2005)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 664 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0415372429
- ISBN-13 : 978-0415372428
- Dimensions : 19.05 x 3.81 x 24.77 cm
- Customer Reviews:
‘For anyone getting going as a writer (and even for those who have already made a start), this is an invaluable how-to guide, full of useful tips, mind-freeing exercises, and inspiring wisdom from established authors. A book to banish the terror of the blank page.’ – Blake Morrison, journalist, critic and acclaimed author of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including the multi-award-winning And When Did You Last See Your Father? (Granta, 1993)
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Basic concepts such as characterization, choice of narrative viewpoint, structure and plot, etc., are explained well in a way that makes them easy to understand, even for beginners, but the real strength of this book lies, in my opinion, in the numerous writing exercises that allow you to apply these concepts to your own writing. In addition, the exercises are "cumulative" and build on each other, which really helps to internalize the things you've learned. The exercises also help you to realize where your own strenghts and weaknesses as well as preferences as a writer lie.
I would have given this book 5 stars (the usefulness of the writing exercises alone would warrant this), if it weren't for the fact that it does not cover genre fiction (with the exception of one or two very short passages, it does not refer to sci-fi, romance or the detective novel, for example). Another, albeit minor, negative point relates to the weight/ size of the book. This is a very heavy/ bulky book indeed.
Still, as creative writing books go, I believe that this is one of the better ones on the market due to the clarity of the explanations provided and the very useful writing prompts/ exercises.
It's what helped me pass my course and invaluable to any budding writer and a great go to for any help needed to enrich and improve yourself with a writing career.
The book was in perfect condition and delivered next day. Thank you.