How Not to Write a Novel

There are many ways prospective authors routinely sabotage their own work.

Author: Howard Mittelmark

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 0141038543

Category: Fiction

Page: 262

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There are many ways prospective authors routinely sabotage their own work. But why leave it to guesswork? This title shows how you can ensure that your manuscript never rises above the level of unpublishable drivel; that your characters are unpleasant, dimensionless versions of yourself; and that your plot is digressive, tedious and unconvincing.

How Not to Write a Novel

This is not one of those books. On the contrary, this is a collection of terrible, awkward, and laughably unreadable excerpts that will teach you what to avoid—at all costs—if you ever want your novel published.

Author: Howard Mittelmark

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

ISBN: 0061357952

Category: Reference

Page: 272

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"What do you think of my fiction book writing?" the aspiring novelist extorted. "Darn," the editor hectored, in turn. "I can not publish your novel! It is full of what we in the business call 'really awful writing.'" "But how shall I absolve this dilemma? I have already read every tome available on how to write well and get published!" The writer tossed his head about, wildly. "It might help," opined the blonde editor, helpfully, "to ponder how NOT to write a novel, so you might avoid the very thing!" Many writing books offer sound advice on how to write well. This is not one of those books. On the contrary, this is a collection of terrible, awkward, and laughably unreadable excerpts that will teach you what to avoid—at all costs—if you ever want your novel published. In How Not to Write a Novel, authors Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman distill their 30 years combined experience in teaching, editing, writing, and reviewing fiction to bring you real advice from the other side of the query letter. Rather than telling you how or what to write, they identify the 200 most common mistakes unconsciously made by writers and teach you to recognize, avoid, and amend them. With hilarious "mis-examples" to demonstrate each manuscript-mangling error, they'll help you troubleshoot your beginnings and endings, bad guys, love interests, style, jokes, perspective, voice, and more. As funny as it is useful, this essential how-NOT-to guide will help you get your manuscript out of the slush pile and into the bookstore.

How Not to Write a Novel

This is not one of those books. On the contrary, this is a collection of terrible, awkward, and laughably unreadable excerpts that will teach you what to avoid—at all costs—if you ever want your novel published.

Author: Howard Mittelmark

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061862892

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

View: 991

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"What do you think of my fiction book writing?" the aspiring novelist extorted. "Darn," the editor hectored, in turn. "I can not publish your novel! It is full of what we in the business call 'really awful writing.'" "But how shall I absolve this dilemma? I have already read every tome available on how to write well and get published!" The writer tossed his head about, wildly. "It might help," opined the blonde editor, helpfully, "to ponder how NOT to write a novel, so you might avoid the very thing!" Many writing books offer sound advice on how to write well. This is not one of those books. On the contrary, this is a collection of terrible, awkward, and laughably unreadable excerpts that will teach you what to avoid—at all costs—if you ever want your novel published. In How Not to Write a Novel, authors Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman distill their 30 years combined experience in teaching, editing, writing, and reviewing fiction to bring you real advice from the other side of the query letter. Rather than telling you how or what to write, they identify the 200 most common mistakes unconsciously made by writers and teach you to recognize, avoid, and amend them. With hilarious "mis-examples" to demonstrate each manuscript-mangling error, they'll help you troubleshoot your beginnings and endings, bad guys, love interests, style, jokes, perspective, voice, and more. As funny as it is useful, this essential how-NOT-to guide will help you get your manuscript out of the slush pile and into the bookstore.

How to Write a Novel The Simple Steps to Writing How to Write Fiction Creative Writing Textbook How to Become an Author How to Sell Y

HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL: The Simple Steps To Writing - How To Write Fiction, Creative Writing Textbook, How To Become an Author & How To Sell Your Book This book provides the author's experiences as a published author and practical tips for ...

Author: Brendon W. Robbins

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1519572700

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 36

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HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL: The Simple Steps To Writing - How To Write Fiction, Creative Writing Textbook, How To Become an Author & How To Sell Your Book This book provides the author's experiences as a published author and practical tips for writing a novel. Nearly every writer dreams of being a world-famous author and be able to write books that sell millions of copies. What kind of writer wouldn't want to have a best-selling work? But writing is not an easy thing to do. It takes a lot of time, effort, mental and physical burnouts and even moments of isolation to write a good book. No famous work of Stephen King, Dan Brown, Jim Collins, Nicholas Sparks or J.K. Rowling was made overnight. Everyone - even the best authors - started from scratch. And, yes, you can be like them! Writing is a journey, but sometimes you just need to have something to guide you and help you at every step of the way. That's what this book seeks to provide for you as you begin this process. In HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL: The Simple Steps To Writing - How To Write Fiction, Creative Writing Textbook, How To Become an Author & How To Sell Your Book you will learn: Some practical tips and pointers on getting yourself ready to begin writing Seven techniques for developing your first draft A six-step process for revising and editing your novel Writing is an escape from the real world. It is a gateway to your own created world where you are the one to set the rules and guidelines. In this world, you the master. Writing should not be controlling. It should not be something that chokes you up. It should be a fun experience, so let yourself enjoy the ups and downs. Lastly, write down what your heart tells you to. If you let your heart speak, others will surely listen. Do not expect too much but always give your all. The world deserves nothing but your best. BUY THIS BOOK NOW! Scroll to the top of this page and click that orange BUY button.

Write a Novel in 10 Minutes a Day

Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing.

Author: Grubb Katharine Grubb

Publisher: Teach Yourself

ISBN: 9781529352481

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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LEARN HOW TO WRITE FICTION BY WRITING EVERY DAY Would you like to write but have no spare time? Do you not know where to begin? Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day will help you sculpt a full-length piece of creative writing in just ten minutes a day. Starting with a daily practical exercise, it will help you manage your writing schedule within this time frame and help you bring your novel to life. You will be able to clarify your vision and review your time commitments, as well as understand your own abilities. Learning to observe the world around you, write quickly and tap into your unique voice will help you to create all the elements of your story and, by the time you've finished all the exercises, you'll have created something beautiful. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

Finding Your Voice Tips and Tricks to Kick Start Your Dream Novel

And when you do get going, how do you make your novel stand out from all the other millions of books out there?The answer is easy – it's all about writing a book born from your authentic self.So, if you dream of writing a novel but don't ...

Author: Hannah M. Davis

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1500404012

Category: Reference

Page: 140

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Do you dream of writing a novel but don't know how to start?You're not alone. Starting a book is often the most difficult part of the entire book writing process. Faced with the blank page, how and where do you even begin? And when you do get going, how do you make your novel stand out from all the other millions of books out there?The answer is easy – it's all about writing a book born from your authentic self.So, if you dream of writing a novel but don't know where or how to start, or if you've tried writing a book but got stuck, lost your way or perhaps even lost your confidence in the process, then "Finding Your Voice" will help kick-start your writing dreams and get you in touch with your most authentic and best writing voice.This book is perfect if:• You want to find your writing voice – what is it and how do you capture it?• You want to be authentic in your writing; you want to create a book born from the deepest, wisest most soulful part of you• You want to beat blank page fear once & start running to the page, rather than away from it!• You want the key ingredients of a successful opening chapter (and avoid all the common mistakes most first-time authors make)• You want to create a book that is 100% original and stands out from all the others on the marketHannah M. Davis is the award winning author of the inspirational novel, "Voices of Angels", and has mentored aspiring authors for nearly 20 years. As well as running e-courses she also mentors an online VIP group for selected writers, and is the Founder of the Soul Writer's Cafe - an online community for aspiring authors. What Hannah's Authors Say About Her:“You have taught me how to banish my fears and tap into my soul to find my authentic voice." - Christine, author"Where I was I writer before, you will have made me into a published writer. THANK YOU!!!!!!" - Mirjam, author"I highly recommend working with Hannah if you feel you have a book inside you and no idea how to unleash it.” - Jessica, author"I can't recommend Hannah's courses enough for any aspiring writer. Not only for the brilliant content but for the fact that you will have direct access to Hannah, who's gentle encouragement and in depth knowledge of the business will lead you on your own exciting path to writing your book.” - Amanda, author"I would recommend one of Hannah's courses or books to anyone who has the desire to write a book and find out what this course can do for you. I write every day now, for at least two hours, I didn't know I could write a novel and it's like the novel is writing itself!” - Rosie, authorThis book is the first in a series of Soul Writer's Café guides and is aimed at aspiring writers who want to write a book with a difference. Books with a little bit of heart and soul, a sprinkle of magic and which change the world one inspiring word at a time.

Nail Your Novel

It's great to know that - but while you're reading about it you're not writing your book. And what these books don't tell you is how to use this learning and get the job done. Nail Your Novel is a writing buddy - and mentor - in a book.

Author: Roz Morris

Publisher: Anchor Books

ISBN: 146108136X

Category: Reference

Page: 180

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By bestselling ghostwriter and book doctor with a top London literary consultancy This book is used by award-winning authors and university creative writing departments. 'A how-to-write book that actually DOES tell you how' 'There are shedloads of books on how to write novels, and a lot of them are longer and considerably less useful' 'I wish I'd had this book a long time ago' 'The author has a proven track record as a writer of fiction, as opposed to writers of "how to write" books' Are you writing a novel? Do you want to make sure you finish? Will you get lost and fizzle out? Will you spend more time reading about how to write than actually getting the words down? Most books on novel-writing will make you read hundreds of pages about character arcs, inciting incidents, heroes' journeys. It's great to know that - but while you're reading about it you're not writing your book. And what these books don't tell you is how to use this learning and get the job done. Nail Your Novel is a writing buddy - and mentor - in a book. In 10 easy steps it will tell you: *how to shape your big idea and make a novel out of it *how to do your research and how to use it *how to organise your time *how to plot and build characters *when you're going to hit problems and what to do about them *how to write on the days you don't feel inspired *how to reread what you've written and polish it. Along the way, Thumbnail Notes give tutorials about storytelling and storycraft - strictly when you need them. The author has written nearly a dozen novels that have made it into print - and this is how she did it. You don't even need to read the whole book before you get started. You read a section, then do as it says. And, once you're finally satisfied, Nail Your Novel will tell you how to sell it to publishers and agents. A FULL index means you can find what you want, when you want it. You've dreamed of writing a novel. Don't procrastinate with another theory book. Don't launch in, get stuck and throw your hard work in a drawer. Nail your novel.

How to Write a Novel

I'm Simon Haynes, and I've been writing and publishing novels and short fiction for almost twenty years. This guide contains everything I've learned about writing a novel, both as an indie and as a trade-published author.

Author: Simon Haynes

Publisher: Bowman Press

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 114

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Do any of these sound familiar? • You want to write your first novel, but you don't know how to begin. • You've started writing several novels, but you never finish them. • You've written a novel or two, but you want to increase your output and publish more often. If you answered yes to any of the above, this book might just be what you're looking for! I'm Simon Haynes, and I've been writing and publishing novels and short fiction for almost twenty years. This guide contains everything I've learned about writing a novel, both as an indie and as a trade-published author. Maybe you want to write a novel which has been on your mind for years. You don't care how long it takes, you just want to see it through to the end. Or maybe you see yourself as a career novelist - there's a real challenge - and you want to write books quickly and efficiently. I've done both, and I cover both approaches in How to Write a Novel. Keywords: How to Write a Book ASAP, How to Write a Book, How to Write a novel, writing books, writing a novel, How to write a E book ?, fiction writing, write a novel quickly

How to Write a Novel in 90 Days

There are many guides about writing novels on the market but how many of them
are written by prolific published authors? The answer is 'not many'. How can
anyone write a guide unless they have been through the writing process many ...

Author: Conrad Jones

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781783333363

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 69

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This concise guide tells you how to write a novel by using a systematic approach to writing. This guide is written by an author not a 'guru'. A simple step by step breakdown of how to plan each day. No fillers and no theory, just the hard facts in a concise guide. There are many guides about writing novels on the market but how many of them are written by prolific published authors? The answer is ‘not many’. How can anyone write a guide unless they have been through the writing process many times before? The simple answer to this question is they can’t because they cannot feed on their own actual experiences to help another writer to avoid the mistakes and pitfalls. Most guides regurgitate information which they have picked up from creative writing books or sites. How can they give you advice when they have never sat down and focused on creating a novel which will sell, many times over? Writing a novel is the same as any other task we undertake as individuals. We have to learn how to do it in order to do it well. When you first learn to drive, you need lessons. No one walks into the kitchen and creates a gourmet dish on their first attempt. If you want a system to apply to writing a book, then you need to take advice from an ‘author’ who has taken years to develop the process via experience.

Storytelling How To Write A Novel

A hero who takes no action, who is a passive observer to the plot without actually
doing anything to resolve conflict, will quickly draw the annoyance of the reader.
One of the common worries of someone writing a novel for the first time is to ...

Author: Jonathan Moeller

Publisher: Azure Flame Media

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

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Want to write a novel? This is the book for you! The key to writing a good novel is to tell a good story, and this book will show you how to tell a good story in novel form. We'll look at all the important parts of a satisfying story structure: -The introduction. How to set the stage for your book. -The conflict and the inciting incident. All stories revolve around conflict, and the more emotionally significant the conflict, the better. -Rising action. Your characters need to take action to resolve their conflict, and they will experience setbacks and failures. -The climax. The more significant the conflict, the more powerful its climax and resolution. -The resolution. We see how the conflict and its resolution have changed the characters. Finally, this book contains a complete annotated copy of the author's novel SILENT ORDER: IRON HAND to provide an example of a novel that follows the rules of story structure. From the introduction to the resolution, STORYTELLING: HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL will show you how to write a compelling novel of your own!

Something About The Boss

Since the disappearance of her boss, Sophie Beldon's been working for Zach Lassiter.

Author: Yvonne Lindsay

Publisher: HarperCollins Australia

ISBN: 9781488776052

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Since the disappearance of her boss, Sophie Beldon's been working for Zach Lassiter. But Zack's been acting mysteriously, making Sophie wonder whether he was involved. The trouble is Sophie's had a red–hot yearning for Zack from the moment they met. So when she decides to seduce him to uncover his secrets, the soul–searing passion she discovers in his arms has Sophie praying that her mistrust is unfounded.

No Idea to Published Author

I often advise first-time authors this one important thing: 'Do not take action until you know your options.' So, this guide is about presenting options.

Author: Pj Silva

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798666904374

Category:

Page: 146

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Dream of being a published author? Discover 7 simple steps to write and publish anything, from blog to book.After publishing my first novel in 2012, I completed a Master of Arts in Writing and created the Write Now Program and 90 Day Challenge. In 2019, I set a big, audacious goal of writing one million words, and I did it. I now write fiction under two pen names and non-fiction under the combined name of Writer's World. In 2020, I've now written over 30 books and helped many other write their own.No Idea to Published Author is a writing guide with actionable steps. I often advise first-time authors this one important thing: 'Do not take action until you know your options.' So, this guide is about presenting options. We give you the steps and we advise how you can take those steps (including how to write and publish spending nothing more than the few dollars for this book), but it is up to YOU to take that important first step. You'll learn the seven easy steps to go from no idea to published author whether you want to write a book, a blog, or anything in between. But it's so much more than just writing. This book will guide you in how you can: - Become a published author- Make smart decisions by knowing your options- Know you can achieve anything if you know where to start- Discover what you are truly capable of- Understand yourself and your passion on a deeper levelNo Idea to Published Author is a straightforward book writing guide in the Write Now series. If you like learning, step-by-step processes, and no-holds-barred honesty, you'll love Writer's World's No Idea to Published Author. Buy No Idea to Published Author to starting writing today.

Write Your Own Story Book

Have you ever wanted to write a story but wondered where to start? The Write your own story book is here to help.

Author: Louie Stowell

Publisher: Usborne Books

ISBN: 1409523357

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

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Suitable for aspiring young writers, this activity book is full of hints, tips and handy tasks for writing stories. It includes writing tips, techniques and methods to make every story a masterpiece, with helpful activities on coming up with ideas, writing from different points of view, and creating characters, settings and story lines.

How to Write an Imaginative Novel

This is a book that will take you through the whole process of writing a novel and then uploading it to Kindle.

Author: Robert Trainor

Publisher:

ISBN: 1520794037

Category:

Page: 83

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This is a book that will take you through the whole process of writing a novel and then uploading it to Kindle. Currently, I have twelve novels in the Kindle store and can show you an efficient way to write a high-quality novel. Marketing your novel will not be covered in this book because I will focus almost exclusively on the problems that you are likely to encounter when you write a novel.For instance: Where will you find a plot? What is the best way to find names for your characters? How important is it to punctuate your book correctly? Is there a quick way to learn punctuation and sentence structure? What is the best way to write dialogue? What kind of things should one avoid in a novel? What is the significance of the first draft and why is it so important? How does one begin a book so that it immediately commands the reader's attention? How does one revise and edit a novel? Is it possible to create the cover for your book without spending any money? How does one convert a book to the correct format so that it can be uploaded to Kindle? And finally, how does one upload a book to Kindle? How to Write an Imaginative Novel does not skip over any details. Because my approach to writing novels is unusual and highly imaginative, this book should be interesting to those who have already written a novel. If, on the other hand, you have never written a novel, this book will take you through everything that you need to know--from the first step to the last step. Maybe you're one of those people who have always wanted to write a novel but were held back for some particular reason. Maybe it's because you can't really think of a plot, or maybe it's because you feel that it will take up too much of your time, or maybe it has something to do with the complexities of trying to become published. I feel confident that when you're done with this book, you won't let those issues hold you back. I am, for instance, even going to give you a plot that you are free to use in any way that you choose.Basically, the key to unlocking your creative power is to let your imagination guide you. My method is based on a fairly obvious concept: Since novels are not meant to be factually accurate, one must rely on the imagination and forget about transcribing incidents that have happened in the past. It's boring to reminisce! It's boring to listen to; it's boring to read; and it even ends up being boring to write. So take a journey with me, and as you learn to use your imagination, you'll be able to create an excellent novel in less time than you would ever have believed to be possible.

Writing Novels to Sell

Such incidents, if well devised and vividly developed, are excellent in an
adventure novel as integral parts of the plot, but they certainly aren't the “
something ... you on every page how not to write a novel if you want to get it
printed nowadays.

Author: Laurence R. D'Orsay

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B29723

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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Nanowrimo 101

This book goes into great detail about everything you need to know to be successful during NaNoWriMo. It also covers things you may not have thought of, such as what to do when the novel is finished.

Author: HowExpert Press

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1974587533

Category: Authorship

Page: 52

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Have you always dreamed of writing a novel? NaNoWriMo offers your chance. It is a 30 day challenge in which you write a complete novel. This book will help you learn what NaNoWriMo has to offer, and how to make the most of the challenge. You will learn about required preparation, strategies, resources, and more. Learn how to overcome the most common obstacles to writing a book, and learn what to do to make sure you are successful in NaNoWriMo. This book goes into great detail about everything you need to know to be successful during NaNoWriMo. It also covers things you may not have thought of, such as what to do when the novel is finished. It covers the basics of what to do with your work when the writing and editing is completed, and where to find resources for getting your work read by the masses. The tips and tools you will find within these pages is helpful for all writers, not just those participating in NaNoWriMo. With this information you can develop daily writing habits, write your first novel, and start getting your work seen by the world. If you're an established writer, NaNoWriMo can help you get back on the bandwagon with your next hit. Read "NaNoWriMo 101" Today!

How to Make Money Writing Simple Computer Books

Write, Kindle, Money: How to make money writing simple computer books Have you ever wanted to write a book but not a novel ? Everyone is using computers these days and this is your chance to write a computer book and make money.

Author: Mark O'Donovan

Publisher: Techstuffy Books

ISBN: 0993076017

Category:

Page: 102

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Start writing your first computer book today ! Write, Kindle, Money: How to make money writing simple computer books Have you ever wanted to write a book but not a novel ? Everyone is using computers these days and this is your chance to write a computer book and make money. I am not a full-time author, I write books in my spare time and you can too. I will tell you exactly how I have written 4 computer books so far and published them on Amazon in Kindle and paperback. In this book I will cover tips on how to: Find a topic that people are searching for. Plan the structure of your book. Create and organize your screenshots. Alternative ways of creating your book. Publishing your book. Promoting your book. Amazon reviews. I will cover things that work well and pitfalls I have encountered. And Much more ! Just remember to let me know when you have published your first computer book

The Writer s Novel In a Month Preparation Book

This guide will help you write a killer first draft, and write it fast. You'll gather ideas, recruit characters, plan your plot, and plan for the eventualities that could prevent your success. This is not a 'How To Write A Novel' book.

Author: Rayne Hall

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1539143376

Category:

Page: 108

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Do you want to write a novel in a month? Has your writer's group set its members a fast-writing challenge? Has your publisher given you a tight deadline for delivering your next book? Are you planning to take part in the next National Novel Writing Month? If so, this book will help you gather ideas, develop a plot, do your research, and plan your project in the days or weeks before you begin writing, so when the marathon begins, you'll be in a great starting position, ready to sprint. This guide will help you write a killer first draft, and write it fast. You'll gather ideas, recruit characters, plan your plot, and plan for the eventualities that could prevent your success. This is not a 'How To Write A Novel' book. You'll find plenty of those in your local bookshop or online. Instead, this is a workbook. You can view it as a do-it-yourself workshop: you're in charge, you do the work, and you own what you create. You can flip forward and backward between sections, working on the assignments you feel inspired to tackle, and return to others later if you wish. You can also go back to some sections and add to them as new ideas come up. What you jot down in this book is not written in stone, so feel free to make changes later. During the month, new ideas will emerge, the novel will take detours, and characters will present you with their own agenda. Your advance planning should boost your creative freedom, not restrict it.

Is Life Like This A Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months

The writer who will not take the time to revise, to find the precise verb as opposed
to the serviceable verb, is frigid. When a responsible writer settles for writing a
potboiling piece of novelese, he is frigid. Frigidity characterizes the writer who ...

Author: John Dufresne

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393065411

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 314

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Encourges aspiring writers to take their first tentative steps, with a six-month program that offers exercises designed to sharpen a writer's command of novel-length storytelling.