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Writing Your Novel [Kindle Edition]

Brenda Hill
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Collection of articles on the craft of writing:

When writing your novel or short story, have you wondered if you’re using the correct narrative for that particular piece? Perhaps you’ve begun with 1st Person, but you think 3rd might be better.

In Writing Your Novel, one article addresses that issue and demonstrates the difference between the two. Other articles include:

• Write what you know: Sage Advice or Hogwash?
• What You Must include in the First Pages of First Chapters
• The Hook Demonstrated on TV
• 1st or 3rd Person?
• Backstory: Relevant Information or an Inconsequential Event?
• Phrases to find & kill
• Tagline, or the Pitch

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

I'm a California-based author, editor, and writing coach, and I write stories about women in crisis. I highlight a problem and offer possible solutions while celebrating the inner strength we women sometimes forget we possess.

My first novel, Ten Times Guilty, about a young single mother searching for value after a brutal attack, garnered a half point below the top rating by RT Book Reviews. My second, Beyond the Quiet, features many of the emotions I went through when my life drastically changed a few years ago. In my third, With Full Malice, a traumatized food critic must find strength when a deadly secret society targets someone she loves.

Raised in the South, I live in the Inland Empire of Southern CA, but long for cool ocean breezes, the forests and clean air of the northern areas of the States, but can do without mosquitoes and horseflies. The bonus? My son and his family. So here I stay.

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  • File Size: 142 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042FZPZE
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Little Read for the Aspiring Novelist July 15, 2011
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If you're interested in the craft of writing, and you don't have books about writing lining your shelves, you could do worse than getting this FREE book. There is info about writing what you know, creating a compelling first chapter, formulating a blurb for your book, and when and how to weave in backstory. Hill also provides her take on writing in 1st or 3rd person (it depends) and writing what you know (hogwash! Write what you FEEL instead).

The one downside is that Hill sometimes gets a while to get to her point, which is frustrating when a book is so short. Still, Hill includes a lot of good advice (with a generous portion of examples) in her little compellation.

This book is not quite for the novice (you should be familiar with the concept of genres, "m/c", writing "tight", etc.) but, because of its brevity, it will probably not teach the well-versed writer much, either. So who should read this book? Someone ready for the next steps, someone looking for a refresher, or someone thinking about buying Hill's services (because as it turns out, she is a freelance editor - and there are considerably worse ways to self-promote than to write a helpful little book). If nothing more, it may make you feel energized and ready to wrinkle out some issues in that draft of yours currently gathering dust...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for New Writers January 18, 2012
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A review below says this book is good if you don't have books on writing lining your bookshelf. I am one who does, off the top of my head I have about ten books on writing that I have read and maybe one or two I haven't. While I have read many books on writing, this book talks about the basics and if you know a lot about writing this book may not be for you. However for new writers, they should read it, it answers several questions almost all writers have about writing and gets them to think about what Brenda Hill has to say about them. While this book is geared to new writers it is also a good refresher for writers who have written a lot or read a lot of books on writing and new a quick reminder on the basics. The best part about this book is it easy and quick to read, I read it in about two hours over two days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful & Useful November 15, 2011
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Brenda Hill's book Writing Your Novel is indeed a very helpful and useful guide to a published author. I felt the authors tips and pointers were easily explained and could be applied. I will say that this book is not for a new author or even one who has not been published because of the terms used, it is only familiar to those in the industry and have read books on writing in the past, nonetheless a good book for referencing when writing.

I would read read future books from this author because she speaks in a tone that you can understand meanwhile not coming off as a writing guru.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the point April 20, 2013
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Succinct pointers, not in depth at all but solid enough to help a novice improve their writing technique - held my interest
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More About the Author

I'm Brenda Hill, a California-based author, editor, and writing coach.

I love things that go bump in the night whether they're serial killers or other strange creatures. I've written about those pesky people who intrude on our lives with deadly force - Ten Times Guilty, With Full Malice, Beyond the Quiet. I'm still writing about those pesky people/creatures, but this time they're in a slightly different form.

The House on Serpent Lake is a ghost/love story - with a slight twist.

Raised in the South, I live in the Inland Empire of Southern CA, but long for cool ocean breezes, the forests and clean air of the northern areas of the States, but can do without mosquitoes and horseflies. The bonus? My son and his family. So here I stay.

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