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Writing Characters Who'll Keep Readers Captivated: Nail Your Novel by [Morris, Roz]
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About the Author

Roz Morris's fiction has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, although you won't have seen her name on the covers as she ghostwrote for high-profile authors. She is now writing acclaimed fiction under her own name - My Memories of a Future Life and Lifeform Three. She is a writer, journalist, fiction editor and the author of the Nail Your Novel series for writers. She teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London.
Her websites are www.rozmorris.wordpress.com and www.nailyournovel.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 834 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Red Season (11 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CLJHP3S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Some time ago I read Roz Morris's first Nail Your Novel book, (Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books and How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence)which gives advice on what to do with a first draft and how to work on it so that you don't end up hurling the dratted thing into the shredder and taking up crochet instead.
It so impressed me with its step-by-step guide and common sense that when I saw the author had published this follow up I bought it without even reading the blurb.
Nail Your Novel: Bring Characters To Life is another gem of a book from Roz. Easy to read and broken down into manageable sections it helps you to create believable characters who won't just be names on the paper. She carefully steers you away from identikit characters who all sound alike in spite of their different ages, cultures and backgrounds and uses examples from well known novels to help demonstrate successful characterization. She shows you how to create believable dialogue and provides a highly useful toolbox to equip you with all you need to know to engage your readers and make them eager to read on.
Not only does she deal with the protagonists, but she also helps you to think about the secondary characters and shows how to create a whole cast that will ring true and ensure that your main characters are not existing in solitary confinement. Heroes and heroines that are not too heroic, villains that are not too villainous, avoiding the stereotype and cliche, the importance of realistic dialogue, all these and much more are covered in this fabulous book, and it's all written in an easy to understand language that doesn't make you clutch your forehead and reconsider the crochet.
An essential reference for the would-be writer, I would recommend it without hesitation. Make sure you get the first book, too, if you haven't already. You need never look at a crochet hook again.
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By Wendy Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Sept. 2013
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I have been following Roz Morris's writing blog and found it to be choc full of advice for writers. This led me to her books and this one in particular. What a find it turned out to be. This is a simple book but do not let this fool you that it is not good. I have read many books on writing and I would say this contains some of the best advice on writing characters. All characters are considered, both the main characters and the supporting cast. Every aspect of characterisation is covered. These are supported with examples from fictional writers. There is an excellent chapter on the mistakes that novice writers make. Each chapter ends with a section called for your toolbox. These are tips which re-emphasise the important points made in the chapter. The book concludes with some writing exercises, some of which are novel in the extreme. No pun intended. I certainly intend to try many of them out. If you want to lift your characters out of the humdrum and use them to give your book zing and tension then this is the book for you. I would consider this a recommended book in my arsenal.
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I'm having trouble showing my main character's thoughts and emotions. I'd heard about Roz's book so decided to invest. I'm so glad I did. In concise language she explains all aspects of building a character. I can now see which parts I'm getting right and how to fix the parts I'm getting wrong. I read it through quickly the first time. It's a page turner! Now I'm going through it section by section to help the info sink in. After that, I have no doubt I'll be dipping into it on a regular basis. I highly recommend it to anyone who is struggling to make their characters shine.
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While it covers a lot of basics for beginning writers, this book also draws attention to a vast variety of ways in which to deepen your characters and bring them to life in a memorable, believable way, no matter your genre or age category. While an immense amount of ground is covered and sometimes I wished the author had been able to give more examples, the ones she does give are fantastic, and I found myself taking a lot of notes that will be so helpful for my current work in progress as well as future (and probably past) projects. This is a well-written, quick read and was exactly what I was looking for in order to flesh my characters out more fully. Highly recommended!!
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Really meaty advice. Am not usually a fan of character questionnaires but the in this book really asks the kind of searching questions that really help you get to know your character. Packed with interesting advice and suggestions.
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This book is inspiring and brilliant for any author to own. It made me rethink my approach to characters and helped me turn a scene I'd written into a much sharper and well thought out character piece. Roz is the first person to help me understand 'show, not tell' in a way that doesn't leave me scratching my head in puzzlement. I finally feel like that concept is sinking in and I haven't even finished the book yet. I love the way she writes. It has helped me feel like I can get into the skin of my characters so much easier. Thank you Roz for this little gem of a book. If you haven't bought it, do! No author will regret owning this book. I am looking forward to reading her other Nail Your Novel book and hope she continues the series.
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A new book by Roz Morris is always an event to be celebrated. Whether you're a novice or you've been writing all your life, there's always something new to be gleaned from her gentle, humorous, yet razor-sharp tutorship. Not to mention it's a *steal* at this price. If you want to up your game, writing-wise, buy it now!
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