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- Print Length: 62 pages
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- Publisher: The Guardian (7 Jun. 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KUPUOII
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- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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Writing Your First Novel: A 60-Minute Masterclass (60-Minute Masterclasses Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The book took me around 55 minutes to read from start to finish and, I believe, that this is the correct way to read it, doing the exercises at the end of most chapters as you go along.
These exercises are good in that they start with character, work through dialogue, setting, plot, viewpoint, tense and research, and culminate with the bones of a full novel that the reader can work on. The exercises are practical and they aren’t there for exercise sake, which I love.
Like her other book I read, she uses a lot of literary authors as examples, and I couldn’t help but think I should be so good each time she did. But there’s no saying that someone else’s book won’t be the next great literary novel, so perhaps it’s a nice ambition to strive for. It just doesn’t work for me.
The contents, with exercises, are as follows:
Creating Believable Characters
- Exercise 1
Making Your Characters Talk
- Exercise 2
The Importance of Setting
- Exercise 3
- Exercise 4
Finding the Plot: Character, Place, Causality and Time
- Exercise 5
Who Tells the Story and How?
- Exercise 6
Now Settle Down and Make it Happen
Sustaining Your Momentum
There is the usual “the king died and then the queen died” story, but with an added twist that I haven’t seen in a lot of writers’ guides, and then there are notes and guidance on pretty much everything else you might need to know before settling down to write a novel. It’s another useful book to get you started, but I wish there were more modern examples used than the likes of Hardy and Hemmingway.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Practical, simply presented constructive guidance on how to approach writing your first novel. I felt inspired to get started after reading it and will hopefully avoid some of the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Beverley Lewis