More than just covering the various forms of creative writing, this book takes you to the cutting edge of push-button publishing and scriptwriting, developing your creative ideas into full-blown masterpieces fit for publishing. An excellent source of information and inspiration for teachers, students and executives aspiring to communicate well through the written word.
Capitalising on his capabilities as a published author, English language instructor and Webmaster, the author deftly instructs and inspires you pick up and master the art of creative Writing
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"If you’ve always wanted to improve your communication skills through the w ritten word, James Abela offers clear, concise advice on how you can write more creatively and effectively. Abela takes readers through the various aspects of creative writing. He offers tips on character-creation, descriptive writing, the importance of setting; and also advises on script-writing, composing poetry and even how , once you’ve completed your masterpiece, how to get published and how to promote yourself online."
Published in The Star
Friday August 1, 2008
"Many people have come up to me and asked how they can learn to write
better—meaning, more creatively and with more originality
and so far, I’ve been stumped for an answer. I’ve always
writing is a gift—like drawing, singing or dancing—and that
creatively can’t really be taught, although one can consciously
acquire and develop the skill by absorbing ideas and techniques
from the excellent writers in the world. Now along comes James Abela with an easy-to-understand, illustrated primer on creative writing designed to help the novice get started. The next time anyone asks how they can learn to write better, I’ll tell them to read X-treme Creative Writing by James Abela!"
Author, Musician and Blogger
"I felt entertained, convinced and even educated in X-treme Creative
Writing. Try putting some fun back into your life—get creative and
start practising how to write and you may end up with a book of
Author of Lovers and Strangers Revisited
"Other books of this kind become embroiled in jargon and the technicalities
of writing but this title focuses on the personal
enjoyment that comes from the creative process. The book
encourages the reader to think beyond the more traditional and
obvious forms of story telling, and invites the reader to explore numerous outlets for creative energy."
Writer Grammarman Comic
"This book is a must for anyone nurturing the dream of
becoming an accomplished writer one day but lack the know-how of creative
writing. In this book, James Abela masterfully shows how young
writers can acquire the tools of the trade that will help to hone their
craftsmanship and make their writing stand out of the ordinary. It is
with great excitement that I look forward to the works of future
writers who may claim to have began their adventure into the
writing world by reading this book."
Prof M.A. Quayum
Head, Department of English Language and Literature
International Islamic University Malaysia
"X-treme Creative Writing is an indispensable book that takes budding
writers through the ABCs of creative writing. James Abela
provides a number of routes to one’s writing journey, from diary
writing in a conventional notebook to going public by blogging in
cyberspace. Written in clear, simple English, he familiarizes the readers
with the mechanics of literature: how to construct plots, characters,
settings and various genres of creative writing one
can indulge in. His creative writing guide is both inspirational and
Associate Professor Ruzy Suliza Hashim, PhD
School of Language Studies and Linguistics
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
"Creative writing is critical for both primary and secondary students
and I will certainly recommend that all my students buy it."
Language Works Associate
Language Works Sdn Bhd
"You’ve certainly given me ideas and a format to approach
students – to start them writing on a regular basis."