The Weekend Novelist: A Dynamic 52-week Programme to Help You Produce a Finished Novel .........One Weekend at a Time Paperback – 22 Jan 2005
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'With full advice on technique, it sets out an action programme for each weekend which, by the end of the year, takes you to your completed first draft.'
-- Writing Magazine (September 2007)
About the Author
Robert J. Ray is the author of eight novels, including the acclaimed Matt Murdock Mystery series, and has also written several practical writing guides. Bret Norris is an experienced writer and successful literary agent.
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I had already studied "W-e-N Writes a Mystery", and though the guidance in it is brilliant, for me, there were too many examples and quotes from other books, plus the "write-along" mystery which they use to illustrate the learning points. This just made it harder to go back and pick out the key points, so I was very glad to be able to avoid the newer edition of W-e-N, as it sounds like it has as many examples.
This '94 edition is excellent. No other writing how-to book so clearly explains a start-to-finish method to help you to develop character motivation, and construct all the key scenes and story components in the three-act structure. I read the book all the way through first, and am now going back to work my own novel through the whole process.
He explains how story momentum can be developed from exploring back story about the main character's childhood trauma then using this to help generate the adult-character's 'wants' and motivations. He also shows how the key scenes are linked and encourages you to step back and create a list of scene-links at key points, to check on the overall pattern of your story.
Even if you haven't read/seen "The Accidental Tourist" he quotes scenes from it, explains the characters and their motivations, and uses it to illustrate many learning points.Read more ›
Of all the books about writing I've ever read, this is the most practical and the most likely to lead you to finish writing a novel. It's also fantastic for honing those drafts into something that a publisher might actually want to see.
Now, I'm not a published author. Not yet (hope, hope). However, I have got a publisher who wants to read my draft, and it's this book that's providing me with exercises and guidance for whipping my draft into shape before I turn it loose for the professional.
It begins with some exercises about character. It takes you through various exercises for tackling important scenes. It teaches about story arcs, and best of all, it gets you to find symbols and phrases to deepen your key scenes so that your writing becomes memorable.
I love it so much I've just bought a second copy because my first one fell apart.
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A very good book but somehow it wasn't a great book. It inspired me to write but the way it was structured did not appeal to me and I felt that many of the steps described would... Read morePublished on 28 July 2013 by PillBlast
This is a great book for getting you off the blocks for planning your novel. I would hugely recommend it if you have read other books about writing a novel, but found them a... Read morePublished on 19 April 2013 by R.A.Jones
This is the most infuriating yet useful 'How to' book I've ever read. As a writer who usually just goes with the flow and puts little planning in, this book is incredibly useful. Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2013 by Karl Gardner
This really is one of the best books on writing a novel that I've ever read - and I have read quite a few! Clear, sensible and down-to-earth advice. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2012 by CarriKP
book arrived on time & in condition described. As to be expected from an ex library book, it shows wear but is readable for my purposes.Satisfied customerPublished on 29 Dec. 2010 by B. Berry-Turner