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Get That Novel Written! [Paperback]

Donna Levin
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Aug 2001
Levin shows beginning as well as experienced novelists what makes the juiciest conflicts, how to use point of view, and how to get to know the characters. Levin also divdes topics into "The Basics" and "The Finer Points", offering writers two levels of instruction.

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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582971358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582971353
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15.2 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,482,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Two tiers of instruction: the basics and the fine points.
In her follow-up to Get That Novel Started! Levin shows beginning as well as experienced novelists: why they must get to know their characters as though they were real people; what makes the juiciest conflicts; how to avoid the "Barney Fife Syndrome" by thwarting takeover attempts by secondary characters; how to use point of view deftly to strengthen storytelling; and much more. Topics are divided into The Basics and The Finer Points, offering writers two levels of instruction. Most chapters end with skill-building exercises. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I hope the reader finds this book useful.
Dear Writer Friends, I hope this book is useful to you. I've included many examples from both modern and classic fiction. I'd love to hear what you think! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource For Fiction Writers! 1 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book does wonders for getting you past your writer's block. Not only does Levin provide terrific articles on the fundamentals of writing a novel, she also provides some very helpful writing exercises to get your creativity going again. I find that I use this book for my short stories as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could be better called how to get your act together 30 Dec 2001
By Kevin Fries - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have had a story evolving in my mind for the past few years. When I gave a brief explaination of the story to a friend of mine, she insisted that I write the book. My problem is that I have no idea where to start...until now. This book is extremely useful in providing aspiring writers with a way to organize your thoughts and put that story together right. The concepts are even broken down into Basics for us beginners, then into more complex concepts in a seperate sub-chapter called The Finer Points for when you are feeling a little more confident. Then the last sub-chapter is designed to be read after you have started to give you an ever more refined end product. A must have for those that have never tried to write a novel before.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro on Point of View and Fiction Basics 7 May 2008
By Livvy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book for beginners as well as intermediate writers. This is one of the few books if not only one which has the best introduction on Point of View and Story Time (present and past tense options in narrations).

The book is also organized with built-in "Rewriting sections" for each chapter. The character section explores the typical standard in character building, but the plot section has a useful introductory on premise and subplots.

The book loses a star for not including a bibliography, no in depth discussion on dialogue, and because although this book is one of the "finer" ones on learning the basics of fiction writing, the subtitle of the book was a little misleading.

When I read "from Initial Idea To Final Edit" in the title, I was lead to believe that she would show in her book either some kind of outline or mapping system or process of some sort for brainstorming ideas into story form. Levin probably considers some of the end of chapter exercises as enough to stimulate "Idea generating" creativity, but I found it somewhat lacking.

For that reason, I purchased her other book "Get That Novel Started" based on the few mentionings within this book and found that book disappointing as its only a book on cheerleading you to write. I'm so glad that I returned it. That whole book could have probably been condensed into this slim volume for added value.

To make this book more complete, I recommend Jack Bickham's book "Writing and Selling Your Novel". There is very little overlap between the two and both would thus make an almost complete course in writing fiction for beginners and intermediate writers.

On a side note, Levin mentions a novel in progess she has titled "Goodnight Light and the Red Balloon" (hmmm...haven't I heard this title before in a children's book??) but after doing an Amazon search nothing comes up?????? What happened to the book? Perhaps we will find out in her next book "Get that Novel Finished". LOL.

All in all, this is a great book to have. One of the best.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource For Fiction Writers! 1 Nov 1998
By bradley@telebyte.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book does wonders for getting you past your writer's block. Not only does Levin provide terrific articles on the fundamentals of writing a novel, she also provides some very helpful writing exercises to get your creativity going again. I find that I use this book for my short stories as well.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites 5 Jan 2008
By MW - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love this book.

Donna Levin really understands the craft, not just as an art, but also as a trade. I couldn't put the book down because every page gave wonderful advice on how to improve your writing and make it more marketable. Lots of books will tell you the how's and what's of good writing, but this book really takes the time to explain the why's. And best of all it is inspirational and fun to read.

I highly recommend this book, and I've bought copies as gifts for my writer friends.
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best book on writing out there 19 Feb 2014
By Jacob Erez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
And I would know too, because I read so many of them.
This book contains very good information about writing, just reading the clever tone and the great writing itself helped me a lot.
Thank you for this great resource.
Jacob
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