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The Weekend Novelist Redrafts the Novel: A Step by Step Guide to Perfecting Your Work Paperback – Import, November 30, 2007


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (November 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713682795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713682793
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,543,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Singh on May 18, 2009
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THE WEEKEND NOVELIST REDRAFTS THE NOVEL makes an excellent companion to Ray's "The Weekend Novelist" (TWN). But what if you haven't read TWN? Can you still use the follow-up book? You could -- thanks to its 11-page detailed glossary. The book also includes a witty rewrite-in-progress of a draft -- a draft that was evidently completed without its author having read TWN.

In redrafting, Ray focuses on restructuring, not mere copyediting: "The key to rewriting your novel is not line-editing, the key is fixing the subplots. If you fix the subplots, then the manuscript will shape up" (page 7). The assumption here is that the writer has already structured the main plot with care. Ray suggests many restructuring exercises such as making separate grids for each subplot. Throughout, he presents structural analyses of a number of novels to illustrate craft concepts. The novels include:
literary contemporaries such asThe Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler,
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys,and
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje;
literary classics like "Pride and Prejudice," "Jane Eyre," and "The Great Gatsby";
and a few genre novels like "Gorky Park" and "The Eye of the Needle."

Ray also comments on the screen adaptations of many of the above novels and suggests the "Rewrite mantra: to find story secrets, study good films" (p. 35).
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