WORDS are very pleased to announce our NEW series of low-cost books to help you with your writing.

(All the booklets below are available either as printed or PDF copies)

Titles available in the "WORDS OF WISDOM"series include:

1  How to: PUT THE PAST ON PAPER. Looks at: The 7 Rules of Good Writing, Making a Start, Planning your project. Memory triggers. Starting to write. Writing with style. Is accuracy important? Your memory bank. The memory jar. Recording the present. Write about where you live. Just one day. Bits and pieces. Specialised scrap books. Fashion. Popular songs. Transport. Local history. Family history. Family souvenirs. Photograph albums. And much more . . .

2  How to: CREATE CHARACTERS. Looks at: Finding characters. Real people. Building your character. Ready made characters. Using your imagination. Getting to know your characters. Incubation period. Introductions. Personalities. Beware stereotypes. The physical aspect. Opposing qualities. Emotional traits. Just one word. Three dimensions. Background. Revealing all. Conflict. Character tags. The way they look. Habits. The way they speak. Grammar, vocabulary and syntax. Etc., etc.

3  How to: ADOPT AN ORGANISED APPROACH. Looks at: Organising Yourself. Positive thought, Be realistic, Earn as you learn, Consider the brain surgeon, Technicalities. Bare Necessities. Basic equipment, And the rest, Essential reference books, Odds and ends, Stationery, Bills receipts and records, Market research, Notebooks, Filing. A Place To Call Your Own. Where to write, Spare bedrooms and other suggestions. Juggling time, Too much time, Target production, Make writing a habit, Get it on paper, Dealing with difficulties and more....

4  How to: HARNESS YOUR CREATIVITY. Looks at: Expect the unexpected, Nothing new comes from the imagination. Motivation, Vizualisation, Preparation, Realisation, The all important final routines, Inspiration, Non-writing tasks, Relax, Imagine, What if . . ., Clustering, Free writing, Try again, Get started, Incubation, Eureka! And so much more...

5  How to: FIND IDEAS. Looks at: Writing From Experience, Using your own experiences, Finding out about your family, Nothing is too ordinary, Start making a list. Creating New Experiences, Not such impossible dreams, Now it is your turn, Other peoples experiences, Cultivate bores, Listening in, Don’t do it. Ideas From Print, Working titles, Ask Auntie, New thoughts from abroad, Trade magazines, Read, Other people’s ideas, Your own work, All In The Mind, Stream of consciousness, Brainstorming, The Spidergram, Free writing, Cross fertilisation, Have a little sense. And so on...

6  How to: LEARN THE BASICS. Looks at: Introduction, Tell me a story, Technique, The Terrible Twins, The Three Ugly Sisters, Breaking it up, In Vogue, Ouch! Dialogue, Verbs, Flashbacks, Viewpoint, By any other name, The golden rule, Description, Foreshadowing, Presentation, . . . and the rest...

7  How to: BECOME A WRITER. Looks at: Introduction, Do you really want to write? What are you afraid of? Hello, George, Goodbye, Jiminy, Exercising your mind, Value your individuality, The professional approach, and much much more...

8  How to: WRITE SHORT STORIES. Looks at: Reasons for rejection, The main reason for rejection, Choose your market, What is the theme of your story? Consult your IDEAS BOOK, Finding ideas, Things to do, People, The way they speak, Names, How many characters? Background, Things to do, Plotting your story, Conflict, Overcoming obstacles, Climax, Viewpoint, Timescale, Plan before you write, Things to do. Revision, Clarity and simplicity, Start with a BANG! Wait for a while, And finally . . .

9  How to: DEVISE PLOTS AND PLOTTING. Looks at: WHAT IS A PLOT? Making a plan. What is a theme? What is your book about? Sources of themes. Looking for themes. WHAT PLOTS NEED - Action. Conflict. Structure. Shape. Background. Characters. HOW TO PLOT: Three essential steps. Your main character. The way ahead. DRAWING ON EXPERIENCE, People, places and jobs. Consider the angle. Essential elements. ETC., ETC.

10  How to: ACHIEVE THE FINAL POLISH. Looks at: Is your writing well presented? Is your title suitable? Have you chosen the right words? Have you checked your grammar? Have you used the correct form? Have you avoided cliche writing? Do you tell where you should have shown? Have you used active verbs? Is your writing correctly structured? Does your dialogue sound natural? Are your characters life-like'? Have your characters the right names? Does your short story or novel have a plot? Have you used consistent viewpoint? Is your story original? and more...



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