Archive | January 2012

Creative Writing: Getting Started and the Craft of Fiction

The following how-to-write books have been absolutely instrumental in my quest to learn the craft of fiction: 

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and LifeWriting Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft & Writing Poems w/Workshop Guide to Creative Writing Value PackThe Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young WritersThe Elements of Style (4th Edition)
My creative writing collection.

Follow the links for user reviews.  Any other recommendations?  Please do share your resources on creative writing.
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Creative Writing Prompts & Other Writing Exercises

Creative writing prompts can be extremely useful, just like warming up for a jog it is important to get your mind in the right form before you plunge ahead into your story.  I have even based a few chapters in my book off of a few prompts, you just never know where your pen will take you!

Wild Mind: Living the Writer's LifeWhat If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers (3rd Edition)The Writer's Idea BookThe 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction
My collection of creative writing prompts.

There are scores of books with writing prompts out there, these just happen to be the ones I came across. Please recommend others that you have found useful.  Additionally, there are online writing prompts, though I have not used them these are the online writing prompts that I have heard of (again, please recommend others):
  • Writer’s Digest – a large collection of writing prompts (with word limits and the ability to post your response).
  • Creative Writing Prompts – scroll over a number and a prompt appears!  What you see is what you get, if you are looking for a prompt this is not a bad place to start (it is not instructive by any means).

Do you have any other sources for creative writing prompts?

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