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

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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.

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

Category:

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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.

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

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 Nail Your Novel: 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

Category:

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.

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 Heart

If you want to write a story that breaks the usual conventions, 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 exercises.Use it before you write and when revising, ...

Author: Roz Morris

Publisher:

ISBN: 1311595791

Category:

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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 they don't do anything, the reader is likely to lose interest.So where do you find story ideas? How do you make them into a captivating read?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 patterns that ply the reader's emotions, regardless of your genre or style? How can you use them with originality? If you want to write a story that breaks the usual conventions, 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 exercises.Use it before you write and when revising, to diagnose your story's strengths and weaknesses, to decide how to begin, what to put in the middle, how it should end. 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.By a bestselling ghostwriter, literary author, creative coach and book doctor.

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

This book includes an appendix of suggested questions for reading groups.

Author: Roz Morris

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1494305410

Category: Fiction

Page: 264

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"'Marvellous, powerful, beautiful' KIJ JOHNSON, multi-times winner of the HUGO AND NEBULA AWARDS 'Beautifully written, meaningful, top-drawer storytelling. An extraordinary novel in the tradition of great old-school literary science fiction like Atwood and Bradbury' - LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY AUTHORS" Misty woods; abandoned towns; secrets in the landscape; a forbidden life by night; the scent of bygone days; a past that lies below the surface; and a door in a dream that seems to hold the answers. Paftoo is a 'bod'; made to serve. He is a groundsman in the last remaining countryside estate, once known as Harkaway Hall and now a theme park. Paftoo holds scattered memories of the old days but they are regularly deleted to keep him productive. When he starts to have dreams of the Lost Lands past, Paftoo is thrown into a nightly battle for his memories, his soul and his cherished connection with Lifeform Three. Includes an appendix of suggested questions for reading groups. "'I really didn't want this book to end; it's that good' - BUILD ANOTHER BOOKCASE"

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

Category:

Page: 368

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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?

Top Ten Reasons Your Novel is Rejected

Vampire books are still selling, but the publishers are only interested in buying ... Maybe she broke a nail taking the binder clip off your submission and ...

Author: Lois Winston

Publisher: Lois Winston

ISBN: 9780985968953

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 80

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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

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

Publisher:

ISBN: 1909905925

Category: England

Page: 186

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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,

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?

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

If you want to really nail your Horror story, tie in another genre and put ... it's tempting to view this novel purely through the lens of her experience.

Author: Maya Rushing Walker

Publisher: Story Grid Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9781645010340

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 474

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How does a book written in 1818 by a teenage author remain a classic and a bestseller, still permeating our culture and haunting readers 200 years later? In this Masterwork Guide to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Story Grid editor and novelist Maya Rushing Walker leads us deep into the heart of the story, demonstrating how Shelley blends essential elements of the horror and morality genres to spectacular and chilling effect. The Guide opens with an analysis of the context in which Mary Shelley wrote and explores themes of loneliness and fear in her work. Walker then dives into a scene-by-scene analysis, drawing lessons from the way Shelley crafts each turning point, crisis, and resolution. This is a Guide by a writer for writers. Walker takes care to highlight passages that evoke emotion and build character as well as those that propel the horror plot forward. As she explains: “Mary Shelley will teach you a lot about what it means to play with fire . . . which is a good thing for anyone who wants to write stories that have the enduring impact of Frankenstein.”

Story Fix

Transform Your Novel from Broken to Brilliant Larry Brooks ... To nail your novel you need to be crystal clear about the differences between concept, ...

Author: Larry Brooks

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599639130

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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Reinvigorate Your Fiction! You've written the first draft of your novel or screenplay, and you've released it into the world: to your critique group, to your most trusted beta readers, or even to an agent or an editor. But something's wrong. You're not getting the glowing response you had expected, or you might have even received a rejection. Your story is getting a "Meh..." when you had hoped for an "Amazing!" But have no fear--the piece you've sweated and bled over isn't dead on arrival. It just needs fixing. Story Fix is the answer to your revision needs. With practical techniques from critically acclaimed author and story coach Larry Brooks, you will learn how to: • Develop a story-fixing mind-set • Navigate the two essential realms of revision: story and execution • Evaluate your novel or screenplay against twelve crucial storytelling elements and essences. • Strengthen your concept and premise. • Punch up the dramatic tension, pacing, thematic weight, characterization, and more. • Align your story with proven structural principles. Filled with candid advice on the realities of the publishing world and helpful case studies of real authors who fixed their own stories, Story Fix isn't just about revision--it's about resurrection. Infuse your fiction with a much-needed jolt of electricity, and bring it back to life. "Larry Brooks is a superb storyteller and teacher. If anyone can fix your novel, it's him. Put this one on your desk and read it often." --Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon and New York Times best-selling author of My Sister's Grave "Story Fix is the ultimate writer's companion for taking any manuscript to the next level. A staple for the beginner, a refresher for the pro." --Joe Moore, #1 Amazon and international best-selling co-author of The Blade and The Shield

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

The Tree of Life a Novel and Short Stories

One morning I was driving a nail into the wall and inadvertently hit my left thumb . I went to the doctor to get it cleaned and dressed .

Author: Ār. Es Sudarśanaṃ

Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist

ISBN: 8126900261

Category:

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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.

The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit

The excerpt pulls a piece of the novel out of context and presents characters ... nicknamed “ Spoiled ” by her stepfather , must fight tooth and nail to ...

Author: Elizabeth Lyon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399528288

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 296

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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 ...

Author: Bethany Maile

Publisher: American Lives

ISBN: 9781496220219

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 234

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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

The "Novel Approach" and How it works You've probably already realized there's a double meaning in the phrase "a novel approach." We chose it, of course, ...

Author: Charles Harrington Elster

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547545899

Category: Study Aids

Page: 368

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An SAT and ACT vocabulary-building program in the lively form of a mystery novel. Now students who take these entrance exams can learn more than 1,300 vocabulary words, improve reading comprehension, and enjoy a good story all at the same time. Includes exercises, glossary with page references.

The Patriot Group an American novel

Administrative Center to make certain the second denial was a mistake. ... If you're fiddle-fucking around with us, we'll nail your fucking ass to the wall ...

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.