This book has been written for you with one simple aim: to present the fundamentals of creative writing in a practical, accessible way that you can apply straight away to your own work.
Each chapter takes you through the principles of the craft,combining the best advice from professional writers, artists, and editors with examples from classic and contemporary literature. The Handbook is full of"toolbelt tips"; applicable advice on every dimension of the craft; from story development to genre, narrative structure to writing voice, and characterisation to world-building & setting.
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"A unique and comprehensive handbook... it lays the foundations and then helps you build."
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"I've foundso few advice givers as competent and informative as Andrew Chamberlain"
The handbook divides into eight chapters, each focusing on adimension of the craft, with sections in each chapter giving you a range oftools that you can apply straight away to your own writing.
Chapter 1: Creating a Story
Learn the classic shape of stories and understand why throughouthistory, one approach to story construction has been so successful.
Chapter 2: Characters and characterisation
Explore the two primary aspects of characterisation:character essence and goal, motivation, and passion. Learn why getting theseright is most of the hard work of character development.
Chapter 3: Setting, world-building, and research
Understand the two critical requirements of a setting - thatit be credible and immersive. Grounded with examples, we also look at the best wayto gather and apply research, with expert insights into the process, andguidance on the important issue of understanding and writing 'the other'.
Chapter 4: Tools of the trade
Understand how to use the most important tools of the craft;from 'showing not telling' to point of view, and foreshadowing to exploitingthe power of sensory description.
Chapter 5: The building blocks of writing
Explore the techniques for harnessing the power ofpunctuation and structure, understand the power of verbs in driving the pace ofa sentence.
Chapter 6: The sound of your writing
Unlock the secrets of tone, style, and voice, and wield thesharpest tools in the toolbelt: clarity, brevity, and precision.
Chapter 7: Story identity - Genre and theme
Explore the strategies for harnessing genre and trope toboth reassure and absorb the reader. See how symbol, dilemma, and innovationinterweave with theme and moral, and how to apply these aspects to enrich andenhance our work
Chapter 8: The Writer's Life
Think about living well. From physical health to mental andemotional wellbeing, the handbook offers suggestions for the writer's life.This chapter also explores the author experience with publishers and somethoughts on how to effectively market both ourselves and our work.
The Creative Writer's Toolbelt Handbook gives you practical,accessible advice that you can apply straight away to your own writing.
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