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By Mary Luckhurst, John Singleton

The artistic Writing guide is a brand new type of textbook so that it will turn out an critical advisor for somebody who desires to advance and enhance their writing. Written via expert writers and lecturers it covers all elements of the writing technique, from drafting first concepts to shaping them into polished and publishable paintings. In a sequence of vigorous and stimulating chapters all significant components of writing are explored, from journalism, play-scripting and monitor writing to brief fiction, autobiography, poetry and experimental prose. The instruction manual combines an approachable and available variety with an educated and perceptive view of inventive writing and its position in our modern global. The guide deals the recent author an entire diversity of artistic principles, sound suggestion and open-ended initiatives for exploring event, studying procedure and thereby liberating the complete capability of the mind's eye. The workshop descriptions are jam-packed with priceless principles on how one can run workforce periods and provide a wealthy fund of feedback for constructing writing past the school room. The emphasis all through is at the play of the mind's eye, at the self-discipline of crafting and at the artistic and unique use of language. particularly it truly is approximately making phrases paintings, and making them paintings good.

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Why was that? Can you recall incidents that explain why? Has this preference stayed with you, carrying the past into the present? Write a piece of prose in which you visit a place with the express intent of reliving some past event. Perhaps it is a corn field where you always walked with your grandfather. Or maybe it's the barn where you were kissed for the first time. THE WORKSHOP WAY • 33 Describe the atmosphere in a house from two points of view, happy and sad. Think of an incident from your past whereby another member of the family creates a drama.

For an excellent discussion of metaphor read Nigel Lewis' book The Book of Babel. The word means to transform and is at the heart of language. When the Anglo-Saxons called the sea the' swan's road', they were using metaphor, comparing one thing with another and creating a new image. Norwegians called the sea 'blue moor', the Icelanders, the 'whale's way'. They were high on metaphor just like the early explorers, who described sea-horses, duck-billed platypuses, hog's back hills and El Dorado, the land of gold.

I 38 THE CREATIVE WRITING HANDBOOK • Write an opening paragraph of ten lines in the first person narrative. Now write a second paragraph continuing the story, still using 'I' but with a different voice, making it seem as though someone else is now telling the story. • Take two pens which each have a different colour of ink. Write a three-line paragraph opening a story with one of the pens. Now pick up the other pen and write a second paragraph in some way denying or contradicting the first. If you have a computer use different fonts.

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