Creative Writer'S Handbook

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This handbook is the perfect reference for beginning creative writers. It offers abundant illustrations, exercises, and useful techniques in all genres. While emphasizing problem-solving and the mastery of literary conventions, this handbook also takes the apprentice writer on a journey from inspiration to revision.Explores the work of ┐classic┐ modern as well as active contemporary writers through examples of effective stories, essays, poems and plays. An extensive look at fundamental creative writing issues includes attitudes, habits, journal-keeping, point of view, language, invention and research, and more.Appropriate for apprentice creative writers.

Table of Contents

A Writer's Concerns
Working like a Writer
Keeping a Journal
Point of View
Rhody's Path
Language Is Your Medium
Invention and Research
Ellis Island: Then and Now
The Concerns of the Poet
The Elements of Poetry
Practicing Poetry
Poetry Problems
The Concerns of the Storyteller
The Elements of Fiction
Narration and Its Problems
Creative Nonfiction
Stories and Memoirs
The Thing with Willie
A Very Short Story
The Boarding House,James Joyce
Sunday in the Park
The First Day
Just Married
Chinese Medicine
Close Encounters of the Sneaky Kind
The Concerns of the Playwright
The Elements of Drama
Dialogue and Its Problems
The Day They Shot John Lennon
Plays and Screen Plays
Last Day of Camp
The Writer's Business
From Revision to Submission
Tools and Resources
Glossary of Key Terms
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In this edition we have given more attention to the interrelationships among genres. Though techniques of character development or dialogue may appear irrelevant to writing poetry or nonfiction, they are not. Nor are the techniques of sound patterns beside the point when one comes to write a play or a story. As we tell students in our workshops, what makes writing both fascinating and difficult is the fact that everything counts. Almost everywhere, we have added and replaced examples, expanded sections, deleted some material and added other material. We have tried to make the book more readable, and we have added tools like the "scam sheet" and "Proofreading Check List" in Chapter 16. Chapter 2 has new material on the journal as a literary form. Chapter 4 includes an enhanced discussion of style. Chapter 5 attends more fully to electronic research. We have added new stories to Chapter 12 as well as a creative nonfiction essay that is not a memoir. In Chapter 15, two ten-minute plays have replacedTriflesbecause we felt shorter plays would be more helpful models for beginning writers. We have deleted and added exercises. In short, we have tried to do what a revision ought to do. If you are coming toThe Creative Writer's Handbookfor the first time, you may be overwhelmed by both the amount of detail and the number of questions we ask you to consider as well as the sizeable number of exercises. Don't be. Our idea was to provide you with a smorgasbord from which to choose what tempts your palate. We wish to thank the following reviewers for their valuable contribution: Joan Connor, Ohis University, and Juliet W. Kincaid, Johnson County Community College. We want to stress again that this book is about useful techniques for the beginner. No book teaches; practice does. Finally, we want to thank those students, colleagues, and friends who have helped us to improve the work. ABL

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