Writing Fiction offers the novice writer engaging and creative activities, making use of insightful, relevant readings from well-known authors to illustrate the techniques presented. This volume makes use of new versions of key chapters from the recent Routledge/Open University textbook Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings for writers who are specializing in fiction.

Using their experience and expertise as teachers as well as authors, Linda Anderson and Derek Neale guide aspiring writers through such key aspects of writing as:

  • how to stimulate creativity
  • keeping a writer’s notebook
  • character creation
  • setting
  • point of view
  • structure
  • showing and telling.

The volume is further updated to include never-before published interviews with successful fiction writers Andrew Cowan, Stevie Davies, Maggie Gee, Andrew Greig, and Hanif Kureishi. Concise and practical, Writing Fiction offers an inspirational guide to the methods and techniques of authorship and is a must-read for aspiring writers.

chapter |3 pages


ByLinda Anderson, Derek Neale

chapter 1|18 pages

Stimulating creativity and imagination

What really works?
ByLinda Anderson

chapter 2|14 pages

Keeping a writer's notebook

ByLinda Anderson

chapter 3|25 pages

Character creation

ByLinda Anderson

chapter 4|21 pages


ByLinda Anderson

chapter 5|20 pages

Point of view

Trying on voices
ByLinda Anderson

chapter 6|24 pages

Point of view

Degrees of knowing
ByLinda Anderson

chapter 7|27 pages

Showing and telling

ByDerek Neale

chapter 8|20 pages


ByDerek Neale

chapter 9|24 pages

The story and the reader

ByDerek Neale