The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing

Whether you're composing a letter, writing a school thesis, or starting a novel, The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing offers expert advice on how to think more creatively, how to conjure up ideas from scratch, and how to express those ...

Author: Thomas S. Kane

Publisher: OXFORD University Press

ISBN: 0195167457

Category: Reference

Page: 451

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Whether you're composing a letter, writing a school thesis, or starting a novel, The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing offers expert advice on how to think more creatively, how to conjure up ideas from scratch, and how to express those ideas clearly and elegantly. No matter where you find yourself in the writing process - from the daunting blank page to the rough draft that needs shaping to the small but important questions of punctuation - you'll find what you need in this one handy, all-inclusive volume.

The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel

The Essential Guide sets out their techniques in concise detail. Just beginning your novel? Or in the middle of the novel and needing some guidance? The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel will show you the way.

Author: James Thayer

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 153736118X

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Page: 286

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The New York Times Book Review said James Thayer's "writing is smooth and clear. It wastes no words, and it has a rhythm that only confident stylists achieve." The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel is a practical, step-by-step manual on how to craft your novel. The Essential Guide presents a set of tools for large issues such a story development and scene construction (Kirkus Reviews said Thayer's novels are "superbly crafted,") and it also examines techniques that will make your sentence-by-sentence writing shine "Thayer's prose is clear and clean," said the Seattle Times. How do the masters do it? The Essential Guide shows you the techniques of writers such as John Grisham, Maeve Binchy, Jeffery Deaver, and Charles Dickens. What makes their novels hard to put down? How do Mario Puzo, Sinclair Lewis, Patricia Cornwell, and Tom Wolfe make their stories so riveting and their prose so good? The Essential Guide sets out their techniques in concise detail. Just beginning your novel? Or in the middle of the novel and needing some guidance? The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel will show you the way. Among the many topics: The six traits necessary for a successful protagonist and three more traits that will make him or her stand out. Twenty-two techniques that will make your character's dialogue compelling. Creating dynamic settings that advance the story. Point of view-a critical skill--made easy. Five pace-killers and how to avoid them. Plotting the novel using the advantage shift. Constructing scenes to propel the reader to the next scene. "Thayer writes a vivid tale," the Cleveland Plain Dealer said. In The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel, he'll help you write your own vivid tale.

The Essential Guide to Children s Books and Their Creators

This new volume introduces readers to the wealth of children’s literature by focusing on the essentials — the best books for children, the ones that inform, impress, and, most important, excite young readers.

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547348894

Category: Reference

Page: 560

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Upon publication, Anita Silvey’s comprehensive survey of contemporary children’s literature, Children’s Books and Their Creators, garnered unanimous praise from librarians, educators, and specialists interested in the world of writing for children. Now The Essential Guide to Children’s Books and Their Creators assembles the best of that volume in one handy, affordable reference, geared specifically to parents, educators, and students. This new volume introduces readers to the wealth of children’s literature by focusing on the essentials — the best books for children, the ones that inform, impress, and, most important, excite young readers. Updated to include newcomers such as J. K. Rowling and Lemony Snicket and to cover the very latest on publishing and educational trends, this edition features more than 475 entries on the best-loved children’s authors and illustrators, numerous essays on social and historical issues, thirty personal glimpses into craft by well-known writers, illustrators, and critics, and invaluable reading lists by category. The Essential Guide to Children’s Books and Their Creators summarizes the canon of contemporary children’s literature, in a practical guide essential for anyone choosing a book for or working with children.

The Book on Writing

Teaches the elements of good writing through the use of essential guidelines, literary techniques, and proper writing mechanics.

Author: Paula LaRocque

Publisher: Marion Street Press

ISBN: 9781933338941

Category: Authorship

Page: 240

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Teaches the elements of good writing through the use of essential guidelines, literary techniques, and proper writing mechanics.

Fiction Writing

The book is a both a guide and an aid to writing a novel. The first part--the guide--offers solid practical suggestions for writers who are just getting started on a long piece of fiction.

Author: Richard Skinner

Publisher: Robert Hale Limited

ISBN: 0709086466

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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Drawing from his own experiences as a novelist and creative writing tutor, Richard Skinner takes you through the process of writing a novel—from ways of generating ideas and beginning the actual process of writing, through to producing a final draft. The book is a both a guide and an aid to writing a novel. The first part—the guide—offers solid practical suggestions for writers who are just getting started on a long piece of fiction. The second part of the book—the aid—operates more like a troubleshooting gallery for those who are well into a long piece of fiction. Eschewing formulas and prescriptions, Skinner encourages readers to think differently about issues as they arise by means of lateral thinking, oblique strategies, aphorisms, and quotations, and offers a range of ideas about the art of writing that stretches beyond the bounds of fiction.

Writing Non Fiction Books

Writing Non-Fiction Books: The Essential Guide will show you: How to convert your knowledge into a book proposal How to find an interested publisher before you write your book How to write your book for the target readership How to present ...

Author: Gordon Wells

Publisher: Need2Know

ISBN: 1861441142

Category: Authorship

Page: 118

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Many long to write a book. They dream of having a book on their shelves, with their name on the cover. Many dream of writing a novel, but the competition is fierce. The proportion of non-fiction to fiction books however, is at least five or six to one. Which would you choose to write? There is a huge demand for non-fiction books, so if you consider yourself an expert on a certain subject you could write a book about it and have a good chance of getting it published. Writing Non-Fiction Books: The Essential Guide will show you: How to convert your knowledge into a book proposal How to find an interested publisher before you write your book How to write your book for the target readership How to present your typescript to the publisher How to cope with editorial changes, proof reading and indexing Whether you are a beginner or an established writer, this step-by-step guide will lead you along the path to success and publication.

Collins Good Writing Guide

This is a useful single-volume guide for all who aspire to improve their writing skills.

Author: Graham King

Publisher: Collins

ISBN: 0007165390

Category: Reference

Page: 824

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This is a useful single-volume guide for all who aspire to improve their writing skills. Whether you want to write a novel, draft a report for the School Board, create a compelling CV, write a letter of protest to the Council that will be taken seriously, or enter the brave new world of e-mail, this book is for you and indeed for all the family. It is a practical desk companion for anyone requiring a guide to modern communication, from the composition of effective complaints to choosing the right emoticon to sign off your e-mail with.

The Essential Guide to Writing History Essays

Scholars engage in public history more frequently in the United Kingdom, where
there is a larger popular audience for history in TV, film, and synthetic books. The
most common way to structure a written scholarly argument is to make a series ...

Author: Katherine Pickering Antonova

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190271152

Category: Education

Page: 330

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The Essential Guide to Writing History Essays is a step-by-step guide to the typical assignments of any undergraduate or master's-level history program in North America. Effective writing is a process of discovery, achieved through the continual act of making choices--what to include or exclude, how to order elements, and which style to choose--each according to the author's goals and the intended audience. The book integrates reading and specialized vocabulary with writing and revision and addresses the evolving nature of digital media while teaching the terms and logic of traditional sources and the reasons for citation as well as the styles. This approach to writing not only helps students produce an effective final product and build from writing simple, short essays to completing a full research thesis, it also teaches students why and how an essay is effective, empowering them to approach new writing challenges with the freedom to find their own voice.

Writing for Children

Equally important is the need to learn to edit your work. Writing for Children: The Essential Guide is a practical no-nonsense guide, written in a style anyone can understand.

Author: Angela Youngman

Publisher: Need2Know

ISBN: 1861442491

Category: Self-Help

Page: 114

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Have you ever wanted to write a book or short story for children? Or wanted to help your children write one? How do you write non-fiction or write a picture book? Writing for children requires skill, persistence and a lot of hard work. Knowing how to do your research, where to research and how to get ideas is a key factor in ensuring success. Overcoming writer's block is a problem that every author faces. Learn how to create a plot which will keep readers turning the pages, desperate to find out what happens next. Creating memorable characters and locations helps bring a story alive. Equally important is the need to learn to edit your work. Writing for Children: The Essential Guide is a practical no-nonsense guide, written in a style anyone can understand. It offers hints, tips, ideas and examples of how to achieve your dream of becoming a published children's author.

Life Coaching for Writers

Life Coaching for Writers is a self-help and personal development guide for every writer that will help you to unleash your creative potential.

Author: Sarah-Beth Watkins

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781782792383

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 120

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Life Coaching for Writers is a self-help and personal development guide for every writer that will help you to unleash your creative potential. Whether you are a fiction or non-fiction writer, it's not always easy to be creative - life conspires to throw up obstacles, fears and external influences that get in the way of our writing lives. It is aimed at writers who know that they want to write but are struggling to realize their full potential. It is specifically aimed at more experienced writers who have had some successes and want to move from the life of an amateur scribbler to a professional writer.

Film Analysis Handbook

Featuring coloured photographs illustrating key terms and filmic techniques this is a one-stop reference for any genre of ilm studied in English, Media or Film Studies courses.

Author: Thomas Caldwell

Publisher: Insight Publications

ISBN: 9781920693770

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 228

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The most comprehensive reference to film analysis available for middle school through to high school. Featuring coloured photographs illustrating key terms and filmic techniques this is a one-stop reference for any genre of ilm studied in English, Media or Film Studies courses.

The Everything Improve Your Writing Book

The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and
Publishers, 15th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003) University of
Chicago Press Staff. The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for
Writers, ...

Author: Pamela Rice Hahn

Publisher: Everything

ISBN: 9781598695106

Category: Reference

Page: 336

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Do you struggle with research papers for school? Is business writing one of your weak areas? Are you at a loss for what to include in thank-you notes? The Everything Improve Your Writing Book, 2nd Edition can help! With a few simple rules and a little guidance, you, too, can write clearly and concisely. Publishing professional Pamela Rice Hahn outlines simple steps for you to follow for various types of writing, including: Social writing, such as thank-you and get-well notes, congratulatory messages, and invitation responses Journalism, such as letters to the editor, press releases, and freelance article writing Personal and biographical essays Business writing, including sales letters, requests for proposals, and press packets With this practical guide, you'll learn to choose the appropriate tone, use the correct format, and communicate effectively. Whether for school, for work, or just for fun, writing will be a chore no more! Pamela Rice Hahn is the author of The Everything Writing Well Book and Alpha Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 Hours and coauthor of Writing for Profit. Hahn's work has appeared in Glamour, Country Living, Business Venture, Current Notes, and other national publications. She lives in Celina, OH.

London Writing

In this book, Merlin Coverley examines the major themes in the development of the London novel from its origins in the Victorian metropolis and onward to the present day and the revival of London writing.

Author: Merlin Coverley

Publisher:

ISBN: 1433702320

Category: English fiction

Page: 160

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In this book, Merlin Coverley examines the major themes in the development of the London novel from its origins in the Victorian metropolis and onward to the present day and the revival of London writing. On the way he explores the Occult Tradition and London Noir, the Disaster Novel and the rise of Psychogeography, and alongside the recognised classics of the genre he recovers some of those lost London writers whose works have been unjustly neglected.

All the Write Moves

Do you want to see your name on a book cover? Do you want others to admire you for your creative talent? Do you want your stories to stand out? If any or all of these are true! This is the book for you!

Author: R. A. Paterson

Publisher:

ISBN: 1989357008

Category:

Page: 176

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Do you dream of creating great stories? Do you want to see your name on a book cover? Do you want others to admire you for your creative talent? Do you want your stories to stand out? If any or all of these are true! This is the book for you! All the Write Moves: Your Essential Guide to Creating Great Fiction is a handbook for new and experienced writers which covers the core ideas behind telling stories and writing fiction. Whether you're writing fiction, screenplays, graphic novels, television series, web serials, or just stories to tell your grandchildren, the core elements of story never change- and this book covers them all! It's a guide to mastering the basics of writing fast and telling stories that you'll be proud to share. It's a small book, but filled with the major things all the great writers know by heart. In this book you'll find: Ways to make your book engaging and exciting to readers. Ways to write conflict and non-conflict based stories that resonate with readers. Simple, practical ways to structure your stories. Techniques to let you develop a full story from plot, character, setting, themes, or even your target audience. Easy ways to make your target audience fall in love with your characters. How to write scenes and sequences that fit together organically. Special tricks that authors have been using to brainstorm and develop ideas for decades. And so much more! All the Write Moves reveals the essential elements that make up great stories and lets some authors rise above the crowd. Give it a try! You never know what you might learn, and whatever kind of storyteller you are, there's something in here for you!

Writers net

This is a free service to the writing community. Visit the author's web site for //updates to the book The title of this book is not intended to suggest any affiliation or sponsorship of any particular web site.

Author: Gary Gach

Publisher: Prima Lifestyles

ISBN: 0761506411

Category: Reference

Page: 373

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Most writers today are more familiar with printers and modems than with typewriter ribbons. Personal computers and the Internet are changing the way writers create and communicate. With twenty-four-hour information and instant memory, these modern conveniences are radically altering the face of the literary community. In writers.net, veteran Internet trainer and best-selling author Gary Gach gives writers of every medium valuable insight into using the Net in many aspects of their writing. From poetry and romance to technical writing and science fiction, Gach directs writers to appropriate forums, magazines, publishers, home pages, and many other resources that will help writers stay on top of developments in their field of specialty. Writers.net also covers the most common uses of the Internet for writers including finding writing assignments, conducting research, improving one?s writing, and carrying on discussions with other writers.For those new to the Internet, Gach provides an Internet Primer for Writers that includes basic terminology, a guided tour, and an essay that puts the Net in perspective for beginners. He also discusses the new worlds of electronic publishing, interactive and collaboratory writing, Net censorship, and cyberjournalism. "Getting information from the Internet can be like trying to get a glass of water off an open fire hydrant," warns Gach, but with writers.net, writers now have a handbook to help them control the unlimited resources that make up the Internet.About the Author Veteran Internet instructor and widely published writer Gary Gach is the author of the recent bestseller The Pocket Guide to the Internet.Join other readers of writers.net for an unmoderated online forum. E-mail [email protected] In the message body put "subscribe writersnet". Prepublished and published writers are equally welcome. Discussion topics will span the subjects covered in the book and beyond. This is a free service to the writing community. Visit the author's web site for //updates to the book The title of this book is not intended to suggest any affiliation or sponsorship of any particular web site. It should be noted, however, that Writers.Net is a trademark of Internet Concepts, an internet hosting and content provider. This book is not affiliated with, sponsored or licensed by Internet Concepts.

Novelist s Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes

Scenes act as dynamic structures that thrust both your characters and readers forward through conflict, baiting them with goals that may–&break;In Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes, Raymond Obstfeld leads you through the ...

Author: Raymond Obstfeld

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 0898799732

Category: Reference

Page: 208

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Writing page-turning fiction depends on your ability to create rock-solid, believable scenes. Scenes act as dynamic structures that thrust both your characters and readers forward through conflict, baiting them with goals that may–&break;In Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes, Raymond Obstfeld leads you through the creation process, examining all the elements that go into making scenes successful, cohesive and compelling. Tackling topics like finding a scene's "hot spot," identifying its dominating purpose and avoiding a cliched ending, Obstfeld provides essential reading for novice and novelist alike. Using examples from film, short stories, and best-selling fiction, he documents why and how scenes work. You'll learn: &break;&break; what is (and isn't) a scene&break; how to make scenes memorable&break; how to use point of view&break; how to focus on character, plot and theme&break; how to make scenes pay off&break; how to structure a scene&break; how to use setting&break; how to revise a scene&break; the importance of first impressions &break;&break;Every page of Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes opens a new window of opportunity for writers by offering valuable insight, articulate advice and expert examples. It's a reference, a road map and a romp, all rolled into one. So go on–make a scene. And make it unforgettable.

Toni Morrison

The Essential Guide Margaret Reynolds, Jonathan Noakes, Louisa Joyner ...
Morrison is unusual for a writer of fiction in that she is conscious of, and has had
extensive experience of, the two sides of the writing process that flank the actual
 ...

Author: Jonathan Noakes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448138982

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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In Vintage Living Texts, teachers and students will find the essential guide to the works of Toni Morrison. Vintage Living Texts is unique in that it offers an in-depth interview with Toni Morrison, relating specifically to the texts under discussion. This guide deals with Morrison's themes, genre and narrative technique, and a close reading of the texts will provide a rich source of ideas for intelligent and inventive ways of approaching the novels. Also included in this guide are detailed reading plans for the novels, questions for essays and discussion, contextual material, suggested texts for complementary and comparative reading, extracts from reviews, a biography, bibliography and a glossary of literary terms. Whether a teacher, student or general reader, Vintage Living Texts gives you the chance to explore new resources and enjoy new pleasures.

The Essential Guide for New Writers

Once you have an idea for a story , you can reach several markets at once if you
use that idea in a variety of ways . Using the above example , the topic of "
vegetarianism " can be adapted to a wide range of magazine articles : ecology ,
weight ...

Author: Valerie Storey

Publisher:

ISBN: 0964328909

Category: Authorship.

Page: 107

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Writing Children s Fiction

Full of both inspirational and practical advice, Writing Children's Fiction: A Writers' and Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing for some of the most difficult and demanding readers of all: children and young people.

Author: Linda Newbery

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781472535337

Category: Reference

Page: 272

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Full of both inspirational and practical advice, Writing Children's Fiction: A Writers' and Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing for some of the most difficult and demanding readers of all: children and young people. Part 1 explores the nature, history and challenges of children's literature, and the amazing variety of genres available for children from those learning to read to young adults. Part 2 includes tips by such bestselling authors as David Almond, Malorie Blackman, Meg Rosoff and Michael Morpurgo. Part 3 contains practical advice - from shaping plots and creating characters to knowing your readers, handling difficult subjects and how to find an agent and publisher when your book or story is complete.

Teaching English Literature 16 19

Teaching English Literature 16 – 19 is an essential new resource that is suitable for use both as an introductory guide for those new to teaching literature and also as an aid to reflection and renewal for more experienced teachers.

Author: Carol Atherton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136310409

Category: Education

Page: 232

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Teaching English Literature 16 – 19 is an essential new resource that is suitable for use both as an introductory guide for those new to teaching literature and also as an aid to reflection and renewal for more experienced teachers. Using the central philosophy that students will learn best when actively engaged in discussion and encouraged to apply what they have learnt independently, this highly practical new text contains: discussion of the principles behind the teaching of literature at this level; guidelines on course planning, pedagogy, content and subject knowledge; advice on teaching literature taking into account a range of broader contexts, such as literary criticism, literary theory, performance, publishing, creative writing and journalism; examples of practical activities, worksheets and suggestions for texts; guides to available resources. Aimed at English teachers, teacher trainees, teacher trainers and advisors, this resource is packed full of new and workable ideas for teaching all English literature courses.