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Write cre­atively with Read This If You Want To Be A Great Writer by Ross Raisin

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Novelist Ross Raisin teaches cre­ative writ­ing at Gold­smiths Col­lege, and is on a mis­sion to make the tricky task of writ­ing less in­tim­i­dat­ing. He be­gins with ex­plo­ration, plan­ning, re­search, method and form – and rec­om­mends play­ing around with ideas, us­ing Post-it notes to make con­nec­tions, and writ­ing down ran­dom, in­spir­ing snip­pets. Next up are hints on cre­at­ing char­ac­ters, points of view and di­a­logue, and fi­nally end­ing and edit­ing. He picks out pas­sages from suc­cess­ful writ­ers – Zadie Smith, Car­son McCullers, Italo Calvino, Dick­ens and Less­ing – and ex­plains how their words work, and how you can achieve sim­i­lar ef­fects with his clear, con­cise en­cour­age­ment. (

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