Teach Yourself Writing a Novel (Teach Yourself Creative Writing) Paperback – 1 Jan 2003
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"A well-structured guide...packed with valuable tips, hints and writing exercises... An excellent tutorial" -- The New Writer - May/June 2003
"There are so many aspects of the text that I applaud, that it's difficult to pick out any single passage..." -- Elizabeth North
"This should be a very useful book for those aspiring writers to whom it is addressed." -- PD James
"[an] excellent book for beginners" -- Writing Magazine - Jun/Jul 2003 issue
"a must-read" -- the good book guide
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The book is fairly short, compared to some others I have read, but rich in quality and the clear skill of the author. It is written with ingenious quotes (worth remembering) and brilliant excercies to get your thirst for novel-writing into full throttle!
All-around it was a brilliant read, practical and worthy of praise, a must-have for any aspiring author.
For over a year I soldiered on alone, relying on my wits and instinct to make the right choices for my story. But recently I felt the need for some expert advice, yet I like the freedom my lack of formal training gives me. As soon as I came across this little book I knew it was the one for me.
It has helped renew my enthusiasm for writing my book by confirming a lot of the methods I had figured out on my own. It gave me the confidence to believe maybe I'm actually doing all right.
And the areas where I needed help were all addressed in a clear, inspiring way. I really like the challenges and tasks set out at the end of each chapter. I didn't write them all out but they certainly helped focus my writing.
The only problem I have now is that I see where I can make my story better. However, I'm taking advice from my new companion and pushing forward with the story rather than look backward until the first draft is finished.
40,000 words and counting....
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Nicely done .. a very good compilation for the aspiring writer with a little bit of everything. Totally worth it!Published on 30 Mar. 2013 by Matt
A handy writers' guide. Not the best I've read, but up there in the top ten. Didn't enjoy the exercises so much.Published on 17 Dec. 2011 by Stephen Arnott
I love it when advice backs up something I've already done or decided to do.
I've been pottering with a couple of novels for a number of years. Read more