The Writers and Artists Guide to How to Write

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This book is all about writing for publication. How to plan, create and edit work that will sell. How to write a book that you'll be proud of-and which might yet launch you on a new career.

Crammed with examples (positive and negative) from successful authors, this essential guide is for writers of every genre: fiction and narrative ...

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Overview

This book is all about writing for publication. How to plan, create and edit work that will sell. How to write a book that you'll be proud of-and which might yet launch you on a new career.

Crammed with examples (positive and negative) from successful authors, this essential guide is for writers of every genre: fiction and narrative non-fiction, literary and commercial, adults and children. The guide tells you how to:

Understand your market

Plan your novel or memoir

Develop strong, empathetic characters

Structure and maintain a compelling plot

Ensure that your prose style is strong enough to carry your story

Polish your work until it shines.

These techniques have been tried and tested by its author, Harry Bingham. Through his Writers' Workshop he has successfully guided many aspiring writers all the way to their first book deal. He is the bestselling author of six novels and three non-fiction titles, including this book's companion Guide to Getting Published.

For advice on all aspects of writing and getting published and to sign-up for an editorial review of your manuscript or book synopsis, go to writersandartists.co.uk

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408157176
  • Publisher: A&C Black Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/15/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Planning 1

What Is Your Market? 3

What Is Your Plan? 11

What Is Your Plot? 18

Who Are Your Characters? 25

What Is Your Stage and Where Is Your Camera? 33

Who Are You? 37

Some Common Mistakes 42

2 Prose Style 49

Clarity 51

Economy 59

Clich├ęs: a Field Guide 67

Precision 73

Some Technicalities 79

Little Flashes of Genius 93

Tone 108

3 Character 117

Showing, Telling and the Riddle of Character 119

Finding Edge 127

The World of Interiors 136

Faces, Bodies, Mirrors 143

Meetings 151

Empathy 156

4 Placing the Camera 161

First Person, Third Person 163

One, Few or Many 173

Up Close, Far Out and the Myth of Omniscience 184

Past or Present? 195

The Time Traveller's Reader 201

Madmen, Liars and Rogues 213

Irony 216

5 Story 227

The Classic Plot 229

The Mystery Plot 255

The Literary Plot 262

Perspectives from Film 269

Diagnosing Your Plot Problems 274

6 Scenes and Chapters 283

The Scene 285

The Scene That Isn't 303

Dialogue 309

The Chapter 322

7 Towards Perfection 327

Themes 329

Editing Your Manuscript 336

Getting Help 342

Conclusion 355

Index 357

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