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Teach Yourself Writing A Novel 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0071478069
ISBN-10: 007147806X
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Nigel Watts PhD in Creative and Critical Writing, taught from 1989, the year in which he published his first award-winning novel, The Life Game.

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Product Details

  • Series: Teach Yourself: Writing
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007147806X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071478069
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne Jensen on March 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Like most writers, I have read many a writing book and they all start to sound the same after awhile. The thing I love about this one is that Watts seems to take all the useful things in the other books and put them into one. I often feel like I'm sifting through books and gleaning only a few useful ideas and writing them down in my notebook. With this book I find myself taking notes constantly. If you're looking to spend more time writing and less time reading about writing, I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lupus on December 3, 2008
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I enjoyed the book and it was a quick review of all the things I've learned from other sources. I didn't find anything astonishing in its newness, or anything like that, but it contained sound advice for all writer wannabes. I like it as a reference, to be honest, a book that I can return to for purposes of refreshing myself on certain points. Since the book's not excessively large or wordy, and there are many headings in bold print, it's ideal for such purposes, as far as I'm concerned. A welcome addition to any writer's "how-to" collection!
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By Shoxter on December 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
If you're the technician, and you need a text book as a beginner's guide to writing a novel, then this is the book for you. This is not a writing guide that would help you develop your style, but a writing guide that would help you see the overall picture as well as the individual pieces of writing a novel.

Don't get me wrong, if you are really serious about writing, you may still need to undergo apprenticeship, nevertheless, this book would definitely serve as a good foundation for you to be able to get you started and for you to perhaps open doors for the mentor of your choice.

Writing a novel is just as much a science and a process, as much as it is a creative endeavor. So pick up this book, read it, and start writing while reading it.
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I have both editions of the Teach Yourself Screenwriting. Those books helped me tremendously to hone my screenwriting craft. Since, I decided to write a novel, I wanted to make sure I had the right information to fulfill this project. Although, screenwriting is similar in terms of story structure (Acts and Sequences), I was more concerned with narrative, point of view, style, and tense. In Teach Yourself, Writing a Novel, I have both editions - paperback and Kindle - I have learn specific tips to help me flesh out my narrative and exposition.

This is a easy book to read. I was able to read it in one day.
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By W. Vogt on November 11, 2011
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I am only about 30 pages into this but I have already learned a lot. I really have NO CLUE about fiction writing, other than what my natural instincts tell me (or fail to tell me, in a case or two.)

This book has, so far, been a really good starting point into fiction writing. It's a good book (at least in the first 30 pages) to hold your existing ideas up to, and see if they seem workable. That's kind of how I'm using it so far.

I plan to purchase more books on specific topics to get more detailed and perhaps get some practice along the way... but this book, for what it is, is a great start.
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This makes a great book for a beginner writer, who doesn't know how to start. It is written clearly without any digressions, and uses excerpts from writers to illustrate a point. The exercises are pertinent to the concept (point of view, setting, etc.), and are easy to do, while challenging at the same time. This is a book by someone who both writes and can guide others to find out what they want to write.
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