Nail Your Novel

This book is used by award-winning authors and university creative writing departments.Are you writing a novel?

Author: Roz Morris

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ISBN: 1476101205

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This book is used by award-winning authors and university creative writing departments.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.

Writing Characters Who ll Keep Readers Captivated

Whether you write a straightforward story-based genre or literary fiction, this book will show you how to create people who enthrall readers — and make you want to tell stories.

Author: Roz Morris

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1489567429

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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How do you create characters who keep readers hooked? How do you write the opposite sex? Teenagers? Believable relationships? Historical characters? Enigmatic characters? Plausible antagonists and chilling villains? How do you understand a character whose life is totally unlike your own? How do you write characters for dystopias? How do you make dialogue sing? When can you let the reader intuit what the characters are feeling and when should you spell it out? Roz Morris is a bestselling ghostwriter and book doctor, and a literary author in her own right. She has mined 20 years' worth of writing, editing and critiquing experience to create this book. It contains all the pitfalls and sticky points for writers, laid out as a set of discussions that are easy to dip into. And it wouldn't be a Nail Your Novel book without a good dose of games, exercises and questionnaires to help you populate a novel from scratch. Whether you write a straightforward story-based genre or literary fiction, this book will show you how to create people who enthrall readers - and make you want to tell stories. Previously titled Nail Your Novel: Bring Characters to Life.

Nail Your Novel

You're writing a novel. Unlock your full potential and finish like a pro. A guided workbook version of Roz Morris's popular 10-step process for drafting, fixing and finishing a work of fiction.

Author: Roz Morris

Publisher: Spark Furnace Books

ISBN: 1909905895

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You're writing a novel. Unlock your full potential and finish like a pro. A guided workbook version of Roz Morris's popular 10-step process for drafting, fixing and finishing a work of fiction.

Nail Your Novel

Roz Morris is a bestselling ghostwriter and book doctor, and a literary author in her own right. She has mined 20 years' worth of writing, editing and critiquing experience to create this book.

Author: Roz Morris

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 1484868978

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 204

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How do you create characters who keep readers hooked? How do you write the opposite sex? Teenagers? Believable relationships? Historical characters? Enigmatic characters? Plausible antagonists and chilling villains? How do you understand a character whose life is totally unlike your own? How do you write characters for dystopias? How do you make dialogue sing? When can you let the reader intuit what the characters are feeling and when should you spell it out? Roz Morris is a bestselling ghostwriter and book doctor, and a literary author in her own right. She has mined 20 years' worth of writing, editing and critiquing experience to create this book. It contains all the pitfalls and sticky points for writers, laid out as a set of discussions that are easy to dip into. And it wouldn't be a Nail Your Novel book without a good dose of games, exercises and questionnaires to help you populate a novel from scratch. Whether you write a straightforward story-based genre or literary fiction, this book will show you how to create people who enthrall readers - and make you want to tell stories. Previously titled Bring Characters to Life.

Writing Plots with Drama Depth and Heart

Where do you find story ideas?

Author: Roz Morris

Publisher: Fabled Lands Llp

ISBN: 1909905984

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Page: 230

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What keeps a reader curious? It's the story. You might have a dazzling prose voice and plausible characters, but if nothing happens, the reader is likely to lose interest. So where do you find story ideas? How do you make them into a captivating read? What's your personal vision? Do you know what genre you are best suited to write? What is literary fiction and how do you write that? How will you give your book depth without seeming preachy or bringing the plot to a standstill? What are the hidden structural patterns that ply the reader's emotions, regardless of your genre or style? How can you use them with originality? How should you begin and end? What should go in the middle? Where should you play your best twists - and what should they be? How can you write each scene so it holds the reader's curiosity? If you want to write a story that breaks with convention but still keeps readers riveted, how do you do it? Whatever type of novel you want to write, this book will show you, in down-to-earth tutorials, games and brainstorming exercises. Use it before you write and when revising, to diagnose your story's strengths and weaknesses. If you've had feedback from critique partners and editors, use it to decode what's really wrong - instead of what they think might be. Most of all, use it to find out where you already have spellbinding plot material. Discover where your best ideas are hiding and how to tell stories with drama, depth and heart.

90 Days To Your Novel

With 90 Days To Your Novel at your side, now is the time. This inspiring guide will be your push, your deadline, and your spark to finally, without excuses, and in three short months, nail that first draft of your novel.

Author: Sarah Domet

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599632773

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Got 90 Days? Then You Can Be a Novelist... Many famous authors write their novels in a matter of weeks. William Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying in six weeks. Joyce Carol Oates often cranks out two or three books a year. Stephen King believes first drafts should take no more than three months to complete. So, what's the trick? Novel writing isn't about inspiration. It's about the time, energy, and discipline to see the project to its finish. With 90 Days To Your Novel at your side, now is the time. This inspiring guide will be your push, your deadline, and your spark to finally, without excuses, and in three short months, nail that first draft of your novel. The difference between wanna-be writers and real writers is the difference between talk and work. If you commit to the schedule and the techniques within 90 Days to Your Novel and invest two to three hours a day for twelve weeks, you will complete your book. An outline will appear. Characters will take shape. A plot will emerge. Scenes will come together and form a story worth reading. And then the talking can begin! This helpful guide provides: • Instruction that distills the elements of the novel - from crafting your outline to developing intriguing characters and believable plots • Strategies for gaining support from your family and friends • Motivating insights about writing and writers to minimize your inevitable moments of doubt • A schedule to keep you in the writing zone and keep you focused, creative, and working Whether you're writing your first novel or your third, this guide provides the coaching, the planning, and the writerly commiseration to help get your book written.

Lifeform Three

His memories are regularly deleted to keep him productive. When he starts to have dreams, he is thrown into a battle for his memories, his soul and his cherished connection with Lifeform Three.

Author: Roz Morris

Publisher: Roz Morris

ISBN: 1909905941

Category: Fiction

Page: 264

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A forbidden life by night; the scent of bygone days; a past that lies below the surface. Paftoo is a groundsman in the last remaining countryside estate. His memories are regularly deleted to keep him productive. When he starts to have dreams, he is thrown into a battle for his memories, his soul and his cherished connection with Lifeform Three.

My Memories of a Future Life

Shimmering with mystery and enigma. The story of Carol, a musician who finds herself haunted by another life in the future. She has never needed anything but her talent until an injury stops her career and she confronts an empty existence.

Author: Roz Morris

Publisher: Spark Furnace Books

ISBN: 1909905933

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If your life now is another person's past... What echoes do you leave in their soul? Could they be the answers you need now? Carol is a gifted musician. Forced by injury to stop playing, she fears her life may be over. Enter her soulmate Andreq. Is he her future incarnation or a psychological figment? And can he help her discover how to live?

Ever Rest

Hugo and Ash were on top of the world as the band Ashbirds.

Author: Roz Morris

Publisher: Spark Furnace Books

ISBN: 1909905887

Category: Fiction

Page: 310

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Hugo and Ash were on top of the world as the band Ashbirds. Then Ash died in an accident. Two decades on, Hugo is a recluse and Ash's fiancée Elza is struggling with her private grief in the glare of publicity. How can they come back to life?

Not Quite Lost

Wry, romantic, amused and wonder-struck wanderings in Cornwall, Devon, Shropshire, Lincolnshire, Somerset, Suffolk, Not Quite Lost is an ode to the quiet places you never realised might have a tale to tell."--

Author: Roz Morris

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ISBN: 1909905925

Category: England

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As featured on BBC radio For Bill Bryson fans. An eccentric couple take the road less travelled through the English countryside and meet lovelorn tourist guides, pushy shopkeepers, ESP students, immortality seekers and weary bodyguards. Cornwall, Devon, Shropshire, Lincolnshire, Somerset, Suffolk,

Top Ten Reasons Your Novel is Rejected

Maybe she broke a nail taking the binder clip off your submission and she'd just had her nails done during her lunch hour. Maybe that morning she was reamed by her senior editor for something she did or didn't do.

Author: Lois Winston

Publisher: Lois Winston

ISBN: 9780985968953

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Over the years Lois Winston has given workshops and talks to several thousand aspiring writers. As a literary agent, she’s listened to hundreds of pitches and read through tens of thousands of query letters and manuscript submissions. Being both a published author and a literary agent gives her a unique perspective on publishing. She knows what it’s like to be the writer whose only desire is to sell a novel, and she knows what it’s like to have to crush someone’s hopes with a rejection letter. It wasn’t until she started sending out those rejection letters that she began to have a better understanding of why so many writers receive them. What she’s come to realize is that most manuscripts are rejected by agents and editors for one or more of ten basic reasons. Writers have control over some of these reasons but not all of them. This book will discuss these ten reasons and how writers can control more of their destiny by not falling prey to them. Whether your goal is to be published by a legacy publishing house or you plan to self-publish, this book contains invaluable information about self-editing, grammar, punctuation, point of view, telling vs. showing, passive vs. active writing, dialogue, narrative, voice, style, hooks, query letters, and synopsis writing. Key words: writing research, authorship, grammar & punctuation, editing & proofreading, composition & creative writing, publishing & books, writing skills

The Rural Setting Thesaurus A Writer s Guide to Personal and Natural Places

(C. S. Lakin) Writing Characters Who'll Keep Readers Captivated (Nail Your Novel 2) will teach you how to create people who will enthrall readers— and make you want to tell stories. (Roz Morris) Writing Screenplays That ...

Author: Becca Puglisi

Publisher: JADD Publishing

ISBN: 9780989772570

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Within the pages of a book exists a world drawn from a writer’s deepest imaginings, one that has the ability to pull readers in on a visceral level. But the audience’s fascination will only last if the writer can describe this vibrant realm and its inhabitants well. The setting achieves this by offering readers a unique sensory experience. So much more than stage dressing, the setting can build mood, convey meaning through symbolism, drive the plot by creating challenges that force the hero to fight for what he wants, and trigger his emotions to reveal his most intimate feelings, fears, and desires. Inside this volume you will find: • A list of the sights, smells, tastes, textures, and sounds for over 100 settings revolving around school, home, and nature • Possible sources of conflict for each location to help you brainstorm ways to naturally complicate matters for your characters • Advice on the many effective ways to build mood, helping you steer both the character’s and readers’ emotions in every scene • Information on how the setting directly influences the plot by acting as a tuning fork for what a character needs most and by testing his dedication to his goals • A tutorial on figurative language and how different descriptive techniques can bring settings alive for readers while conveying a symbolic message or deeper meaning • A review of the challenges that arise when writing description, as well as special considerations that apply specifically to rural and personal settings The Rural Setting Thesaurus takes “show-don’t-tell” to new heights. It offers writers a roadmap to creating fresh setting imagery that impacts the story on multiple levels and keeps readers engaged from the first page to the last.

The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit

The excerpt pulls a piece of the novel out of context and presents characters about whom the query reader knows ... must fight tooth and nail to maintain not only a friendship with a colored girl in racist Arkansas of the sixties ...

Author: Elizabeth Lyon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399528288

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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ENHANCE YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING YOUR NOVEL PUBLISHED WITH THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND GUIDE Writers often spend years perfecting their first novel—then hit a dead end when it comes to getting it published. Learning to market your novel will make it stand out from the thousands of other books clamoring for the attention of an ever shrinking number of publishers. In this book, Elizabeth Lyon offers the wisdom of more than twenty years of experience as an author, book editor, writing instructor, and marketing consultant. Step-by-step, she details what editors want, what questions to ask them, and how to develop a marketing strategy. You will learn: · How to categorize your novel, and the sixteen ways of describing it · Nine ways of selling your novel · Descriptions of the jobs of literary agent, editor, and writer · Examples of actual story synopses, and successful query letters—in all the genres · How to prepare sample chapters · Thirty questions a writer needs to ask a prospective agent

Anything Will Be Easy After This

My mother bought me books with titles like Nail Your Novel and Unlocking the Writing Within. Never pressure. Just support. But this felt like I'd been caught exchanging a Christmas sweater. I felt ungrateful.

Author: Bethany Maile

Publisher: American Lives

ISBN: 9781496220219

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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This memoir recounts Bethany Maile's efforts, informed by a steady diet of "western" activities, to understand the ways in which the western myth is outdated yet persistent.

Tooth and Nail

Well, here is a novel approach: A mystery story, at once whimsical and elucidating, filled with hundreds of SAT examiners' favorite test words." -Los Angeles Times Congratulations.

Author: Charles Harrington Elster

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0156013827

Category: Fiction

Page: 366

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Uses hundreds of SAT vocabulary words printed in boldface in the text of a mystery novel, and includes a glossary, sample test, and tips on studying

Body Not Recovered

For both of them, you'll need to nail your firstyear classes.” “I can make that happen, Paul. What are your ideas?” “Well, the one I told you about is that the FBI has been thinking about beginning volunteer summer internships for ...

Author: Alan Spector

Publisher: Alan Spector

ISBN: 9781631101700

Category: Fiction

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On June 17, 1966, the author's high school classmate, M. J. Savoy, was killed in a military plane crash into the South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam. The search for M. J. and his crewmates was unsuccessful, and each has since been listed as Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered. But what if M. J. did not really die in that crash? What if it were staged for some reason? Body Not Recovered is inspired by and dedicated to M. J. Savoy. When 1964 University City graduate and teenage loner, JR Spears, enlists to fight in Vietnam for the noblest of reasons, he begins a journey that takes him from committed warrior to reluctant soldier to underground antiwar leader. Confronted by a conflict they increasingly find abhorrent and unjust, Spears and a small cadre of comrades conspire, with both commitment and foreboding, to stage a helicopter crash, fake their deaths, and surreptitiously return to the states to join the protest movement. These deserters are not the only ones who risk their lives and personal freedom or whose families are ravaged by the war. When Maggie Blessing's brother is killed in action, she runs away from home to join the antiwar movement, leaving her mourning parents. John Muccelli, Spears's high school classmate, fulfills his lifelong dream of becoming an FBI agent, only to be conflicted by the illegal tactics he is ordered to use to hunt down protest instigators. Bernice Williams, Maggie's mentor and lover, turns from influential antiwar leader to zealous bomber to victim of her own fanaticism. The war, the protests, these characters, and the soul of a nation converge in the supercharged 1960s and 1970s environment of the Bay Area.

Your First Novel

A novel can have many narrators. ... But ask yourself this question first — is your novel truly made better by it? 2. ... I saw the dark stand up and go whirling away and I said “Are you going to nail her up in it, Cash? Cash? Cash?

Author: Ann Rittenberg

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781582976952

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 300

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In Your First Novel, novelist Laura Whitcomb and seasoned literary agent Ann Rittenberg team up to provide you with the skills you need to write your dream novel and the savvy business know-how to get it published. In this all-in-one resource, you'll discover essential novel-writing techniques, such as: • How to best structure your research so that you can save time later • How to card your story before you start writing • What to consider when developing your cast of characters • How to adapt classic story structures to fit your own ideas …and insider information on what it takes to get published, including: • What agents do at those three-hour power lunches—and how it affects you • What makes an agent instantly reject a manuscript • How to correctly translate submission guidelines • What happens if you get multiple offers—or no offers at all Plus, learn about the publishing process from the firsthand accounts of such noted authors as Dennis Lehane, Kathryn Harrison, Jim Fusilli, Kathleen George, and others!

The Tree of Life a Novel and Short Stories

“ Who was responsible for this clumsiness in driving the nail ? Your soul or your body ? ” he asked me with a smile . “ The soul is only a witness . The responsibility belongs to the body , " I responded .

Author: Ār. Es Sudarśanaṃ

Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist

ISBN: 8126900261

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In His Novels And Short Stories R.S. Sudarshanam Tries To Explore The Innermost Thoughts Of His Characters. His Characters Are Usually In Search Of The Fundamental Truth Which Will Explain The Ultimate Meaning Of Life.In Tree Of Life There Are Two Main Characters One Is A Materialist And Rationalist, The Other Is An Idealist. They Argue Endlessly About The Meaning Of Human Existence. Both Seem To Be Correct From Their Respective Philosophical Standpoints.In His Short Stories We Find The Same Philosophical Quest Man In Search Of His Soul, In Search Of The Meaning Of Life, In Search Of Synthesis Between Various Contradictory Points Of View. Advaita Philosophy Is The Ultimate Message In All The Short Stories Of Sudarsanam.Life Can Never Be The Same After Reading Sudarshanam S Fiction.

Rewrite Your Life

settings, layered themes—but these four elements constitute the core ingredients for baking that novel. The more elements you start with, the stronger your book. Also, the easier it is to write. To nail these four basic components for ...

Author: Jessica Lourey

Publisher: Mango Media Inc.

ISBN: 9781633410510

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 264

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“A step-by-step guide for writers struggling to create fiction from their life . . . delivers on its promise with such honesty, simplicity, and beauty.”—William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author According to common wisdom, we all have a book inside of us. But how do we select and then write our most significant story—the one that helps us to evolve and invites pure creativity into our lives? In Rewrite Your Life, creative writing professor, sociologist, and popular fiction author Jess Lourey guides you through the redemptive process of writing a healing novel that recycles and transforms your most precious resources—your own emotions and experiences. This fact-to-fiction process provides not only the essential building blocks of bestselling novels but is also personally transformative. Based on the process the author developed and field-tested in the wake of her husband’s suicide, Rewrite Your Life is devoted to the practice of discovering, healing, and evolving through fiction writing. It combines research, practical and engaging guidance, and personal experience to meet readers where they are and take their creativity and personal growth to the next level. Tender, raw, and laugh-out-loud funny, Rewrite Your Life offers both a map and a compass for those seeking to harvest their life experiences to heal, lead a more authentic life, and craft a rich, powerful work of fiction. “My favorite kind of self-help book: irreverent, personal, and superbly useful.”—Jen Mann, New York Times bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat “A lively exploration of writing’s therapeutic value and an encouraging invitation to apply it to your life.”—Kendra Levin, author of The Hero Is You

The Patriot Group an American novel

“Major Basset, we have priority clearance, and your system problem is causing a serious delay. ... If you're fiddle-fucking around with us, we'll nail your fucking ass to the wall,” she said, disconnecting the call before the stunned ...

Author: Charles L. McGranaghan

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781365126550

Category: Fiction

Page: 402

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The Patriot Group, an American Novel, is the story of a group that decides to eliminate former drug dealers who serve in the US Senate and the House of Representatives. The national powers that be swing into action to prevent the group from completing its publically announced plan. The action takes place late in the 20th century.