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Writing Characters Who'll Keep Readers Captivated: Nail Your Novel [Kindle Edition]

Roz Morris
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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 teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London. Her fiction for high-profile authors has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide. 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.

About the Author

Roz Morris's fiction has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, although you won't have seen her name on the covers as she ghostwrote for high-profile authors. She is now writing acclaimed fiction under her own name - My Memories of a Future Life and Lifeform Three. She is a writer, journalist, fiction editor and the author of the Nail Your Novel series for writers. She teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London.
Her websites are www.rozmorris.wordpress.com and www.nailyournovel.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 929 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1489567429
  • Publisher: Red Season (11 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CLJHP3S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,354 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Roz Morris's fiction has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, although you won't have seen her name on the covers as she ghostwrote for high-profile authors. She is now writing acclaimed fiction under her own name. She is a writer, journalist, fiction editor and the author of the Nail Your Novel series for writers. She teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London.

She has two novels under her real name: My Memories of a Future Life (Sept 2011) and Lifeform Three (Dec 2013). She is also the author of a series for writers - Nail Your Novel.

If you want to get to know her a little better, drop in at www.rozmorris.wordpress.com and her blog www.nailyournovel.com - where she keeps a regular diary of challenges she's tackling in her writing.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Little Gem 11 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Some time ago I read Roz Morris's first Nail Your Novel book, (Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books and How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence)which gives advice on what to do with a first draft and how to work on it so that you don't end up hurling the dratted thing into the shredder and taking up crochet instead.
It so impressed me with its step-by-step guide and common sense that when I saw the author had published this follow up I bought it without even reading the blurb.
Nail Your Novel: Bring Characters To Life is another gem of a book from Roz. Easy to read and broken down into manageable sections it helps you to create believable characters who won't just be names on the paper. She carefully steers you away from identikit characters who all sound alike in spite of their different ages, cultures and backgrounds and uses examples from well known novels to help demonstrate successful characterization. She shows you how to create believable dialogue and provides a highly useful toolbox to equip you with all you need to know to engage your readers and make them eager to read on.
Not only does she deal with the protagonists, but she also helps you to think about the secondary characters and shows how to create a whole cast that will ring true and ensure that your main characters are not existing in solitary confinement. Heroes and heroines that are not too heroic, villains that are not too villainous, avoiding the stereotype and cliche, the importance of realistic dialogue, all these and much more are covered in this fabulous book, and it's all written in an easy to understand language that doesn't make you clutch your forehead and reconsider the crochet.
An essential reference for the would-be writer, I would recommend it without hesitation. Make sure you get the first book, too, if you haven't already. You need never look at a crochet hook again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for all Writers 12 Sept. 2013
By Wendy Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have been following Roz Morris's writing blog and found it to be choc full of advice for writers. This led me to her books and this one in particular. What a find it turned out to be. This is a simple book but do not let this fool you that it is not good. I have read many books on writing and I would say this contains some of the best advice on writing characters. All characters are considered, both the main characters and the supporting cast. Every aspect of characterisation is covered. These are supported with examples from fictional writers. There is an excellent chapter on the mistakes that novice writers make. Each chapter ends with a section called for your toolbox. These are tips which re-emphasise the important points made in the chapter. The book concludes with some writing exercises, some of which are novel in the extreme. No pun intended. I certainly intend to try many of them out. If you want to lift your characters out of the humdrum and use them to give your book zing and tension then this is the book for you. I would consider this a recommended book in my arsenal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Book if You Want Writing Nous 19 May 2013
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A new book by Roz Morris is always an event to be celebrated. Whether you're a novice or you've been writing all your life, there's always something new to be gleaned from her gentle, humorous, yet razor-sharp tutorship. Not to mention it's a *steal* at this price. If you want to up your game, writing-wise, buy it now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book. Highly recommend it for authors. 28 Nov. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is inspiring and brilliant for any author to own. It made me rethink my approach to characters and helped me turn a scene I'd written into a much sharper and well thought out character piece. Roz is the first person to help me understand 'show, not tell' in a way that doesn't leave me scratching my head in puzzlement. I finally feel like that concept is sinking in and I haven't even finished the book yet. I love the way she writes. It has helped me feel like I can get into the skin of my characters so much easier. Thank you Roz for this little gem of a book. If you haven't bought it, do! No author will regret owning this book. I am looking forward to reading her other Nail Your Novel book and hope she continues the series.
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