What Is Creative Writing

When I first wrote this book, the term 'creative writer' conjured up an image of the artistic amateur. Few of the students who joined my classes had any idea what creative writing was or understood the workings of the publishing industry. Things have changed dramatically in the intervening years and now, when each new course begins, I find that most of my students are extremely knowledgeable about the business of writing. They will have seen writing competitions featured on television, heard...

Jumping to the wrong conclusion

By drafting a plan of obstacles to the couple's romance, as shown in Figure 7, we can see at a glance how they will fit into the storyline. One of the most effective obstacles is the romantic hero and heroine's unerring talent for jumping to the wrong conclusion, as shown in Frame 5. Sally's relationship with married Mark is rocky. Sally tells Mark they are finished. She meets Nick, a new cameraman. Nick asks her out. She refuses. Mark offers her promotion on condition that she continues their...

Publishing made easy

It is worth noting that the combination of desk-top publishing and the Internet has brought about a major change to the image of self-publishing. Rather than cope with organising the production and marketing of your book yourself, you may be tempted by the many advertisements for self-publishing companies in the writing press and on the Internet. In addition to publishing, the services on offer range from critiquing, editing, design and publicity to marketing and Internet sales through their...

Useful Addresses

Blake Friedmann, Literary, TV amp Film Agency, 122 Arlington Road, London NW1 7HP. Tel 020 7284 0408. Fax 020 7284 0442. Email info blakefriedmann.co.uk Website www.blakefriedmann.co.uk The British Science Fiction Association Ltd BSFA . Contact Peter Wilkinson, 39 Glyn Avenue, New Barnet, Herts EN4 9PJ. Email bsfa enterprise.net Website www.bsfa.co.uk British Society of Comedy Writers BSCW , 61 Parry Road, Ashmore Park, Wolverhampton WV11 2PS. President Ken Rock. Tel Fax 01902 722 729. Email...

Motivation for young anchorwoman for regional news programme

A talent scout from a national news network has been following Sally's progress and offers her ajob in their studio. She intends to take it when the offer is withdrawn. Mark, her influential lover, doesn't want to lose her on either a personal or professional level and has pulled strings to block the job offer. Blonde, neatly-styled, shoulder-length Sensitive, quite wide with fairly full lips showing white, even teeth Beth and James. Divorced when Sally was four. Father died recently, was a...

Writing A Synopsis

A synopsis of a novel is a resume of the book's story. Leading literary agent, Blake Friedmann, issues clear guidelines to authors on how to write a treatment or synopsis. They recommend that it is broken down into four sections 1. Introduction - a brief selling statement about the book. 2. Character biographies - short biographies of all of the major characters. 3. Statement of intent - why you wanted to write the novel and whether it is based on a factual event. 4. Synopsis or treatment - a...

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Ruth Rendell Some Lie And Some Die

Map of fictional location from Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford novel Some Lie and Some Die Arrow Books , depicting the location for a pop festival in an area just outside the fictional town of Kingsmarkham. Fig. 6. Map of fictional location from Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford novel Some Lie and Some Die Arrow Books , depicting the location for a pop festival in an area just outside the fictional town of Kingsmarkham.