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Write a Novel and Get It Published: A Teach Yourself Guide (Teach Yourself: Writing) Paperback – July 12, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0071740067 ISBN-10: 0071740066 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Teach Yourself: Writing
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (July 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071740066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071740067
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you want a creative guide to tackling your first novel, this is the one to get." -- Writing Magazine 20101101 " an analytical and highly practical guide to the craft of novel writing." -- - Writing Magazine 20061114 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Nigel Watts taught creative writing from 1989, the year in which he published his first novel, The Life Game. He went on to publish a number of novels for adults and children.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Rhodes on August 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've read many books on the writing craft, and have taken numerous writing courses; they've all been of value, but none of them has provided such thorough technical detail on plot (the eight-point arc) and character development that this book does. In hindsight, I've been hunting for a resource like this for years (having spent the past six years writing two novels). The author provides not only numerous helpful laundry lists of things to consider regarding plot, characters, style, dialogue, setting, viewpoint, theme, editing, etc., but also 'softer', philosophical advice on how one might want to approach the novel-writing business. There are also many insightful quotations from accomplished novelists that help put the reader's (i.e. would-be writer's) mind and spirit in the appropriate place to tackle the beguiling world of writing a novel that others will want to read. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Submariner on September 27, 2011
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This book offers fantastic coverage of the many facets of the art and science of writing. Whether you are new to the writing profession or a veteran, you can benefit from this book. The information offered in each chapter is trimmed nicely to provide the reader with what he/she needs, minus all the fluff. I particularly appreaciate the end of chapter summaries and exercises. Nuff said--buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JWL on February 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
Watts has a simplified approach to the skill of writing a novel. It breaks the messy process into understandable elements that can be digested into delectable bites. It is not a formulaic approach, but one that resonates from the writer's heart and assures the reader that this author truly cares about the writer's effort and wants the reader to feel the same. This is a must buy book for any aspiring authors or even old ones who want to improve their understanding of what the art of writing really entails.
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