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The Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons about Writing and Publishing Paperback – January 1, 2008
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For those who have not already read this book, do yourself a favor and buy it. The reviews under the previous title are excellent and informative.
David is a unique person to share his experience. A former college professor, he knows how to teach. As a brilliant novelist, he knows how to tell stories that entertain. This book accomplishes both of those goals.
I've read many books on writing and, in my opinion, this one ranks up there with Stephen King's "On Writing and the books by Noah Lukeman. This book will certainly compliment any writer's collection of informative books. More than that, the stories that David shares are extremely interesting and entertaining. As I read them, I could vividly imagine myself going through them with my works and one day, aided by David's sage advice, I'm sure I shall.
If you've not already purchased this book under the previous title. Buy it now!
Amazon has decided to provide a full refund including the shipment costs. Thank you Amazon.
"The Successful Novelist" is an update edition of Morrell's first writing book, Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing: A Novelist Looks at His Craft with an added chapter on marketing. If you enjoy "The Successful Novelist," you should also check out Stephen King's On Writing and Strunk and White's The Elements of Style to round out your writing "home study" course.
Morrell has written many successful books, and the insights that he shares in this book are well worth the time.
I highly recommend getting this book in the Kindle version where you can highlight and search the book for phrases because you're going to want to go back and read it several times, over a period of time. You may find yourself in a checkout counter at a supermarket, whipping out your phone and pulling up your Kindle app.
The book is written in a conversational tone, so it sounds like you're in the room with Morrell. Example: "Eventually, I connect the dots and discover that I have not only a plot but also characters whose issues are important to me; in other words, a theme."
There's a thorough discussion of plot, character experience and conflict. There a quotes from other authors who have written good books on writing. There are examples taken from his books, and there are tidbit tips like "When editing your fiction, be on the lookout for scenes interrupted by a sudden string of verbs including "had." Another example is "Pay attention to that flashback because often it is the opening scene that your story wants to have..."
The Kindle version of the book was $7.99 when I bought it. It was well worth the money.
I would have rated this book a five, but it is, unfortunately, filled with typos. They're the kind of typo that comes from a lat minute search and replace editing. Things like,"cars.That" (Page 187), "drivers.They" (Page 188) and "detectors.The" (Page 191).Read more ›
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A gift for a brilliant grandson who writes beautifully. He says it is very good.Published 22 days ago by R. J. West
So many nuggets of gold in this book. David Morrell is an amazing author.Published 4 months ago by Rhonda B.
David Morrell's book, like Stephen King's On Writing, The Elements of Sfyle, and Francine Prose's Reading Like A Writer, remains one of the great books about writing there is to be... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anand Joshua Venigalla
Great insights into writing a novel. Practical and helpful at many levels.Published 6 months ago by Greg Young
There's a lot of books out there by solid writers, and, strangely to me, agents.
But like King, here is the real deal who has generously shared 50+ years of writing... Read more
The book is a little dated, but the lessons on storytelling hold true, so I still found it valuable - especially the chapter on the interview method of plotting. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Elinor Dashwood
I like Morrell's conciseness. Whether you plan to publish material or not, this book offers insight into the craftsmanship of authors' writings and gives valuable advice to those... Read morePublished 13 months ago by DJK