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Writing a Novel (Teach Yourself - General) [Paperback]

Nigel Watts
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25 Aug 2006
'teach yourself Writing a Novel' is an informative, yet creative, user-friendly and straightforward guide to writing good fiction. It covers everything from story arcs and themes to characterisation and language, and additionally offers plenty of practical advice for those facing the dreaded writer's block, and practical writing exercises for those wanting to refine their skills. Additionally, it gives a full guide to available creative writing courses, now fully updated in this third edition, and plenty of further reading resources for budding authors.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; 3rd Revised edition edition (25 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340927291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340927298
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" an analytical and highly practical guide to the craft of novel writing." (Writing Magazine)

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An updated edition of this popular and informative guide to writing a good novel

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Unlike a taxi driver or a neurosurgeon no lives are at risk if you lack basic skills as a novelist but your potential is. Nigel Watts' concise guide to writing a novel is really a training manual providing the techniques required once you have an idea and are on the point of beginning, or have already started, your work. There is little about the commercial side because the message of the book is that you should write for yourself, for pleasure, for the love of language, fantasy and creativity, and that marketing is something to be considered afterwards. Instead, he takes the writer through the creative process from the initial idea and blank paper through to the final packaging for publication via the periods of inspiration or the affliction of writer's block, the pitfalls of stereotypes and clichés. Although the book reads like a series of lectures this is no bad thing for each chapter deals with a different aspect of novel writing: theme, characterisation, plot, style and so on. There is a terrific chapter on `The Personality of the Writer' in which it is beautifully explained how the writer physically and mentally sees the world and how this shapes his or her writing.
In summary, Nigel Watts' guide is didactic without being condescending, and manages to be encouraging and motivational throughout. It is often humorous and is littered with witty and apposite aphorisms from famous authors. There is something here for everyone including, I believe, experienced writers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read before writing a blockbuster 21 Jun 2014
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Was mid way through writing my novel when I bought this used book for a penny. The best penny spent. As i read through his exercises, I realised that I knew absolutely nothing about novel structure etc. If you are serious about writing a novel this is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 30 Aug 2010
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This is a cleverly written book that has taken much thought. Nigel Watts writes from the heart of the matter - very hard. If you haven't got it, then buy it. I have bought it for others.
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