|About the Book|
Every Beginning Writer's Guidebook on News, Feature and Creative Writing will guide you, the beginning writer, towards writing clear and effective news articles, interesting and saleable feature stories, and coming up with "seeds" for future creative works.
While it is almost always advantageous for a writer to have a specialized writing area or market, this book will tackle three different styles of writing because it is also important for you, the writer, to develop a writing flexibility.
A news writer or a reporter should know how to write a feature article. A feature writer should also have the skills of a good news writer in order to write good news stories that could land on the front page. Likewise, a news and/or feature writer should be able to produce creative outputs so as to broaden his or her potential market.
News writing demands objectivity and impartiality. News are hard, cold facts. Facts are the main ingredients in a news story, as well as timeliness or freshness and relevance of the story.
Feature writing also demands that a writer use facts but its treatment is less structured than news writing. Here, the writer employs different feature writing techniques (which will be discussed later in the book).
Creative writing is where the writer is given freedom in writing. Poetry, short stories, flash fiction, and novels are just some of the products of creative writing and they may or may not be anchored on facts. More often, a creative writer researches his subject then tries to add his own ideas. Or he uses creative tools or prompts to get his creative juices going.
Through this book, you will be able to learn how to write news, features and creative articles. To give you a more hands-on experience, activities are included in this book. They are those within the blue boxes. For the lessons to be more effective, it is recommended that you at least try out these activities before proceeding to the next lesson.
|About the Author|
|Shery Ma Belle Arrieta holds a degree in development communication from the University of the Philippines. She has written scripts, news, features and documentaries for radio, news and features for several community papers, and semi-technical articles and content for web sites.|
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