Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books and How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence Paperback – 30 Jun 2011
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About the Author
Roz Morris has two decades of experience writing novels and helping floundering authors find their way. She teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London. She is a senior book doctor for a major literary consultancy in London, writes fiction under her own name and has ghostwritten bestselling fiction for high-profile writers with major publishers, including Random House, Puffin and Mammoth.
Her websites are www.rozmorris.wordpress.com and www.nailyournovel.com
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Top Customer Reviews
Roz Morris's friendly advice, logically organised, presented kindly, and based on heaps of experience, has given me the courage to keep going and the confidence that I'll be able to knock into perfect shape, using simple but clever tools and concepts outlined in this book. I'm particularly looking forward to using her beat sheet to give my debut novel a structural survey and re-engineer it as necessary to make sure it's in top shape, before fine-tuning the characterisation and language.
It's a book that will now have a permanent place on my shelf of how-to books for writers, and I'm sure I'll dip into it again and again at various part of the process. Highly recommended, whether you're new to writing novels or have several already under your belt and just need moral and practical support to keep working to the highest standard.
I have tried various writing manuals, but many tell you what you should be doing without telling you how. This gives you useful techniques that are completely practical.
Cannot recommend enough.
The first comment is on writing style. This book comes across as light hearted but doesn't contain any fluff. Some teachers lecture while others impart knowledge without you realising. The rigid lecturing style of some works on writing portrays this creative art as a chore from start to finish and attempt to formalise the whole process, which in the end stifles creativity. Roz acknowledges the more difficult aspects of writing and suggests creative exercises to overcome them while satisfying the critical more logical sides of our character. Keeping the critical mind at bay while you create and letting it loose later on is a theme that runs throughout this book.
Some of the exercises regarding the generation of ideas aren't really relevant to me at the moment and won't necessarily match my personality in the future. The use of memory aids and playing games irritates me a little. It reminds of those useless management courses.Read more ›
You can use this book whether you are just starting a novel, thinking about a novel or wanting to redraft your novel. You'll wonder why you didn't read it sooner.
What made this book work for me was what happened as I worked through the tasks in its first two sections detailing what to do before you start writing. The logical and progressive approach seemed to release the creative side of my brain which took me to places I hadn't imagined at the outset. (I should say that the author makes this an explicit aim of the process.) The end result is the most innovative and exciting project I've embarked on. Whether the rest of NYN maintains the standard and sees me through to the end remains to be seen but, this is almost irrelevant. The first two sections alone make it worth the money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another superb book in the excellent Nail Your Novel series. Full of helpful tips to help you complete or revive your much-loved project. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Though my copy of this book is looking a little tired, and ever so well read (!) of my vast writing library, all the books in Roz Morris' brilliant Nail your Novel series are part... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sue Donim
Roz Morris is one of the best. She gives practical ideas and positive advice and she understands the difficulties facing the long-distance writer.Published 11 months ago by F. F. Ross