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First Draft in 30 Days: A Novel Writer's System for Building a Complete and Cohesive Manuscript Paperback – 27 May 2005
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About the Author
Karen Wiesner is a novelist and member of Romance Writers of America. She is a frequent guest at writers conferences and the author of Electronic Publishing.
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I can understand why a writer might react negatively to the idea of using an outline when writing a first draft, especially if they have never done it before. But this book does teach an invaluable method of brainstorming and harnessing all of your creativity PLUS organising the chaos so that you get your book written. Give it a try and you'll soon discover that it is easy to be more creative with outlines than without them. If you don't use outlines, take note - they are like steroids for your Muse.
I did find this book inspiring as well as very useful, and I found that using the techniques in this book enabled me to create more wonderful, more crafted and more satisfying books. In my experience, grinding to a halt without finishing my novel - that's ugly. This brilliant if flawed book takes away the ugliness.
I use this book regularly, years after I first bought it. I also use many of the principles in this book when I am teaching creative writing to students of all ages.
It's a great book - I heartily recommend getting it and putting it to work for you. You'll be creative in ways you only hoped and dreamed about before.
I bought this years ago and used it to write a historical romance. (Ultimately, I abandoned the romance genre and switched to fantasy and horror fiction, so that novel never got published, but it wasn't the book's fault.)
It's not an 'inspiring' book, although you may gain some inspiration from it. It's really a practical planning book. The planning is realistic. I also like that it says 'First Draft in 30 Days' instead of 'Write a Bestseller in 30 Days' like some other books promise. It really helps to get that first draft down fast. After that, the real work of rewriting and revising starts.
Also, before you start the actual writing, you'd best do some preliminary preparation (research and such). The thirty days are for draft-writing only.
I think this book would be useful for someone who has already written some fiction (perhaps some short stories, or an abandoned attempt at a novel) and who wants a structured, systematic approach to get a complete, workable draft. It can also be helpful if you've already started the novel and aren't getting anywhere with it.