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Creative Writing Tips For Beginners : How To Write Prose

Jim Bruce, Blues Guitar Teacher and Author

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12 Videos (1h 15m)
    • Creative Writing Tips For Beginners : How To Write Prose : Introduction

      7:34
    • How To Write Prose : Adverbs and Adjectives

      7:52
    • How To Write Prose - Active vs Passive Voice

      5:24
    • How To Write Prose - Punctuation

      12:21
    • How To Write Prose - Writing Numbers

      4:53
    • How To Write Prose - Unnecessary and Fancy Words

      8:47
    • How To Write Prose - Absolutes and Overgeneralizations

      3:49
    • How To Write Prose - Clichés and Overused Words

      5:51
    • How To Write Prose - Interjections

      3:48
    • How To Write Prose - Vague Writing and Initial Coordinating Conjunctions

      3:39
    • How To Write Prose - Variety

      4:50
    • How To Write Prose - Conclusion

      6:06

About This Class

Creating Writing Tips For Beginners : How To Write Prose is intended to provide new writers with a set of tools that can be used immediately to improve the prose they write to tell their story.

The aim of every author should be to write good clear prose that flows, providing an enjoyable experience for the reader who wants to keep turning those pages

New (and experienced) writers are often so close to their writing, that they are sometimes blind to small errors, either in construction or word usage, that rankle with their readers and block the flow of the story. In the case of repeat errors, the reader may even abandon the book altogether.

In the course Writing For Beginners, you will learn how to apply simple rules right now that will immediately improve your fiction. 

Subjects included:

  1. Adjectives & Adverbs - how to use them and when not to use them all.
  2. The Active and Passive Voices - what are they and how should they be used?
  3. Special Punctuation - the use of semi-colons, ellipses and other marks to spice up your sentences.
  4. Writing Numbers - the conventions which guide how to write numbers and dates.
  5. Unnecessary Words - overused words are included as well. How to find them, avoid or replace them.
  6. Absolutes - these are also called overgeneralizations and blanket-statements.
  7. Clichés - how to identify and replace phrases too commonly used in prose.
  8. Interjections - what they are, and when to use them correctly.
  9. Vague Writing and Initial Coordinating Conjunctions - remedies for two lesser known problem areas.
  10. Variety - an essential element in good prose. How to achieve it?

The beginning writer generally has a great idea he or she wants to get down on paper; this is the first requirement - to tell the story. It isn't until the editing process that the many faults within the prose become apparent.

Our creative side naturally thirsts for plotting, describing the scenes and giving birth to the many characters that populate our novel, so it isn't at all unusual for the quality of our prose to take a beating, particularly when we are new to the game of writing.

This course teaches how to identify the areas that often cause problems, which is to say, give the reader problems in following the story fluidly - and enjoy it!

At the end of the course you will have access to a set of practical tools that can be applied to your prose quickly, thereby improving it to a more professional level.

The final lecture concludes the series and shows how to edit your prose, applying the rules that will dramatically improve your fiction.

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Jim Bruce

Blues Guitar Teacher and Author

After making a living out of playing acoustic blues guitar in Europe for many years, I became interested in teaching online about 15 years ago, and began creating lessons. In 2103 I was voted N?2 top blues guitar teacher by users of Truefire.com.

While blues guitar remains dear to my heart, the last year I've been concentrating on novel writing and future classes will reflect this. It's all about creating and being the best we can possibly be!

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