Full of excellent advice. This handbook carefully analyzes every facet of the craft so you don't have to. In one place it says you should allot 2000 hours to write a novel. If that's true, 2000 hours without this book's advice is a waste. Although most of the articles included mention that novel-writing is a process, that your first one will be, ah, less than perfect, I can't help but think that after reading this, I can avoid many of the pitfalls. I would give this book five stars if there were more actual examples of flawed writing improved. But that's almost nothing; this handbook truly is a vital tool. Just reading authors' advice is enough to get your own ideas boiling. I've developed my thoughts more today, reading this, than I have in months with the idea.