Friday, March 16, 2007

Book Review - Creative Writing

How to books
ISBN: 1-84528-101-2
Author: Adele Ramet
Price: £9.99 (Paperback)

This book is ideal for the beginner writer who wants an overview of the different genres whether they are writing for children or adults. It covers both fiction and non-fiction and has chapters on character, setting, dialogue, using personal experiences and how to submit to publishers.

Following the familiar how to book format, each of the ten chapters concludes with a handy checklist and an assignment to help you develop your skills and put what you have read into practice. There is also a very useful list of addresses for writing organisations and societies, as well as lists of websites and further reading where you can find more information.

I also have some of Adele Ramet’s other books on my bookshelf:

Creating a Twist in the Tale: How to Write Winning Short Stories for Women's Magazines

Writing Short Stories and Articles: How to Get Your Work Published in Newspapers and Magazines

And I have had the pleasure of attending her ‘Writing a Twist in the Tale’ workshop at the Caerleon Writers Holiday. I found her no-nonsense, direct to the point style was reflected in Creative Writing: How to unlock your imagination, develop your writing skills and get published.

Adele Ramet does not ‘tell’ you how to write better, she ‘shows’ you through concise, easy-to-understand examples. By following her advice you will be able to recognise the areas that need sharpening in your own writing and know how to improve them. It is the kind of book you’ll want to refer to time and time again. Packed full of useful ‘insider’ tips on creating professional, potentially lucrative manuscripts it provides a comprehensive guide on how to write on a variety of topics.

It is full of essential tips to hone your skills and help you decide which area of writing you want to concentrate on, or specialise in. In my opinion, Creative Writing is a useful addition to the bookshelf and an invaluable tool for all aspiring authors.

This book was sent to me by the How to Books publishers especially to review on this blog. There is always a worry when I review books what happens if I don't like it but, I must say I really like the format of the How to Books. I like the way they use casestudies and checklists and they have assignments so you can practice. A couple of my favourite books of theirs is the Pamela Cleaver books on writing for children. See: Books About Writing For Children.


Susan Abraham said...

Thanks for sharing, Anita.
Do have a lovely weekend.:)

Anita Marion Loughrey said...

Thanks Susan,

It's nice reviewing good books.

I have another book at the moment though which I'm finding really hard to review. It is aimed at teachers and claims to be easy to use but, I honestly don't understand a word of it. I am thinking of sending it back.

A bit of a dilemma.

All the best,


david santos said...

Hello, Anita!
This wor is very good. Thank you
Good week

Jez said...

Thank you, I'll keep an eye open for it. It's not at my library, but maybe I'll find it somewhere else around here

Susan Abraham said...

If it's aimed at teachers, Anita, perhaps Jude may know a little bit about it or be able to share her thoughts with you. :-)

Or yes, and Addy (of Wilf's World too).

Anita Marion Loughrey said...

Hi Susan,
Thanks for the suggestions. I wrote the review in the end. You can read it at:,com_mtree/task,viewlink/link_id,1385/Itemid,99999999