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Your Novel, Day by Day: A Fiction Writer's Companion [Kindle Edition]

Mary Anna Evans
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YOUR NOVEL, DAY BY DAY: A FICTION WRITER’S COMPANION is designed to be an all-in-one guide to planning, writing, editing, and publishing a first novel, guiding a new novelist through the day-to-day details of the creative process. It is designed to support the goals of writers in all genres, from mystery fiction to literary fiction to science fiction, so that each reader can develop the writing skills needed to set and exceed creativity goals. Its author, Mary Anna Evans, is an awardwinning writer with nine novels, two nonfiction books, and a collection of short works to her credit. She says, “This is the book where I tell other writers the things I wish I’d known ten years ago.”

Work through this book of practical advice with Mary Anna, day by day and page by page, as she advises you on—

crafting a plot,
fleshing out believable characters,
organizing a novel’s timeline,
crafting believable character motivations,
editing objectively,
evaluating traditional and independent publishing options,
and marketing to agents, publishers, and readers.

Because she understands the importance of maintaining your own motivation during the arduous process of writing a novel, Mary Anna has chosen a narrative structure that will provide you with a written companion for a year’s worth of writing. This book consists of 365 essays on topics that range from nuts-and-bolts writing tips to words of encouragement to periodic kicks in the pants. She has even included the actual synopsis she used to query her agent and to sell her first book. The world of publishing is changing, and a new writer has a bewildering array of choices—traditional publishing, self-publishing, ebooks, print books, audiobooks, and various combinations of all of the above—but, first, that writer’s book needs to be the best book possible. Let YOUR NOVEL, DAY BY DAY: A FICTION WRITER’S COMPANION help.

If Mary Anna could sit with you, day by day, as you learn about this exciting art form, she would. Since she can’t, this book is the next best thing.

YOUR NOVEL, DAY BY DAY: A FICTION WRITER’s COMPANION was written by mystery author Mary Anna Evans. She is a founding board member of the Anhinga Writers’ Workshop and the recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award in mystery fiction, the Florida Literature Award, and three Florida Book Awards Bronze medals in both commercial and general fiction. YOUR NOVEL, DAY BY DAY: A FICTION WRITER’S COMPANION draws from workshops she has given to aspiring fiction writers across the US. Her Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries, ARTIFACTS, RELICS, EFFIGIES, FINDINGS, FLOODGATES, STRANGERS, PLUNDER, and RITUALS, have been compared to the work of Tony Hillerman, Aaron Elkins, and James Lee Burke. They are available in print, large-print, and audio editions. Her short stories, "A Singularly Unsuitable Word," "Starch," "Land of the Flowers," "Mouse House," "Twin Set," and "Low-Budget Monster Flick!" are available separately for Kindle, or as part of her collections OFFERINGS and JEWEL BOX: SHORT WORKS BY MARY ANNA EVANS. She is also the author, with Dr. Faith H. Wallace, of MATHEMATICAL LITERACY IN THE MIDDLE AND SECONDARY GRADES: A MODERN APPROACH TO SPARKING STUDENT INTEREST. She divides her time between Florida and New Jersey.

Editorial Reviews


"Informed and informative, "Your Novel, Day by Day: A Fiction Writer's Companion" will prove to be very worthwhile reading for any aspiring author seeking to pen the next 'Great American Novel'!" -Midwest Book Review
"This unusual book on writing is well worth reading. It's meant to be read day-by-day for a year as you write your book. Every day offers a new essay filled with encouragement, inspiration and advice....In her book that's written to be your companion as you write, Evans helps you maintain focus and motivation. She includes topics on plotting, characters and your story's timeline - to name just a few examples - in a succinct narrative voice. She tells you what works for her and other writers she knows. she acts as cheerleader, coach and writing consultant." -Bookloons, Lynn Seippel

From the Author

In some ways, this book is like a letter written to my younger self.  Like most writers, I have a drawer full of rejection letters, and I learned something from each of them.  How much better would it have been if I had learned those things in a less ego-bashing way?  What if a more experienced writer had been there to help me, someone with several books and several years of experience under her belt? Wouldn't it have helped to have a mentor at my side?
On the pages of Your Novel, Day by Day:  A Fiction Writer's Companion, I try to be that mentor for today's aspiring authors.  I've assembled concrete advice, writing exercises, real-life experiences, and gentle encouragement into a book that's intended to guide you through the entire process of writing your book.  It comes to you with my best wishes that you will find the best way to tell your story.

Product Details

  • File Size: 515 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468191691
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Joyeuse Press (January 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007X93XRI
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Page-A-Day Guide to Novel Writing for Beginners July 3, 2012
I was in the midst of writing my first novel, floundering around and desperately in need of a little nudging when I came across Mary Anna Evans' book, "Your Novel: Day by Day."

Evans' guide is based on the simple premise that if you write a page a day, you'll have written a book in a year. If you write three pages a day, you can have it done in three months. From the very first paragraph of the very first page, Evans takes you gently by the hand and leads you--day-by-day and page-by-page--through the arduous task ahead.

Evans' wit and wisdom is delivered in a warm, reassuring voice--think June Cleaver on "Leave it to Beaver"--asking pointed questions that go straight to the heart of the matter. "Do you write every day?" she asks at the end of the first day's reading in the same disarmingly polite manner that Mrs. Cleaver would use to stop Wally or the Beav in their tracks as they were headed out the door by asking, "Have you finished your homework?"

There's plenty of practical advice, too. Evans charms and cajoles you into completing those essential pre-writing exercises that many aspiring novelists may be tempted to skip but shouldn't: character sketches, descriptions of the setting, and the all-important map (aka outline) of plot twists and turns that inform you where your story's going. She even tells you how to publicize your book when it's done.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A helpful map to writing a novel December 5, 2012
My book isn't finished, but I am far enough along to know that Your Novel: Day by Day is a great companion for anyone writing a novel. This book will march you right through the process.

It's divided into 365 daily offerings. Each section is unique and is designed to move you forward and help you put your thoughts on paper. The theory is that if you follow the advice in each section, you'll have a novel in a year. Of course, you can work your way through it faster if you want.

From choosing a topic and gathering your imaginary friends (your characters), to starting to think about your next book, the steps are all there. The first 36 entries are organizational and will get you started.

Chapter 5 contains 270 entries that lead you through the process of writing the book. The writings on these 270 days are informative and inspirational. When consumed on a daily basis, you can't help but make progress in writing your book. And if you write a page or so a day for 270 days, that's a book. I'm not saying this book will write the book for you, but it will keep you on track, and you'll find it much easier to reach your goals.

In addition, Chapter 6 takes you through the information you'll need to read, revise, edit and prepare your book for publishing.

Your Novel: Day by Day is well written and concrete. I recommend this book without reservation.

Lou Belcher, editor of Florida Book News
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creating a Novel December 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Mary Anna Evans shares her valuable tips on the process of writing in Your Novel, Day by Day: A Fiction Writer's Companion. Her research is impeccable, and she mentions that it is dangerous to stake one's reputation on information found on the internet, even Wikipedia. She explains how she develops characters, names them, and describes the scenes and dwellings where the action takes place. She also explains how to write dialogue and how to get unstuck. There's so much more here than can be captured in an Amazon review. Every writer and reader of novels will find this inside story of successful writer's thought process a joy to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars helpful guide June 7, 2013
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Written in very simple concise terms and very easy to understand.Enjoyable read and easy to follow chapters to help the beginner or expert
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm finally going to write my novel! December 28, 2013
By RobynM
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Mary Anna Evans has written a great guide to writing a novel, whether it be your first or next of many. The book is geared toward writers with less experience, but even seasoned authors could benefit from the pep talks and reminders of how to make a great novel. I read this book within a couple of weeks, but now I plan to go back and take it a day or two at a time and use her plan to finally write the novel I've had in my head for years. Great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Writing a novel October 14, 2013
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Loved the opening. Catches your attention right from the beginning. Extremely useful. Anyone serious about writing will find it quite helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Writing October 7, 2013
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So much to say so many different things happens all at once and most times out of our control. Every one has a story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your Novel Day by Day June 5, 2013
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Love it, gets you thinking about ideas you might want to write about, well written, easy to read, great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Page A Day
In this guide to writing a novel the author gives the reader both encouragement and practical information. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ricky KImsey
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
I didn't really find much guidance in this. It was alright, but I after buying a few other books and being dissatisfied with them too, I eventually bought "Write Now", and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars The book got me writing
Each segment is easy to read in just a few minutes, but helps you write you novel in small bites.
Published 5 months ago by Movie Lover Nancy
4.0 out of 5 stars This book could have easily been 50% shorter, otherwise it's good.
This is the problem when fiction writers write a non-fiction book - they tend to write as many words as possible (this author even mentions somewhere in the middle that she 'has'... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Destination Infinity
5.0 out of 5 stars Her plan really works, at least it did for me!
The author sums it up best herself in the book - she provides a gentle motherly nag to keep you on track with writing your book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Vicki Lesage
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Tips for Writers
Excellent book for newbies and published authors. Very helpful techniques with easy to use methods. Mary Anna is concise, practical, and very helpful in her book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book :)
Great book. Recommend to any writer. Raises good questions, provides examples from other works, gives you things to think about. Well done!
Published 10 months ago by Ashley Elizabeth Blair Tetzlaff
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
finding more and more great tales from authors I didn't know. Enjoyable reading, detailed crafting of story. made me look for other books....
Published 11 months ago by Vernon
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoping to prod my lazy self into getting started!
This is one among several books on how to start writing that I have put on my Kindle to get me started. I have the ability and the creativity and need the impetus, I suppose. Read more
Published 11 months ago by j eaves
4.0 out of 5 stars a good book
So far this looks like a very helpful book. I always wanted to write a book and this helps to get me organized. Not finished reading though.
Published 11 months ago by S. Amador
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More About the Author

I'm the author of the award-winning Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries: ARTIFACTS, RELICS, EFFIGIES, FINDINGS, FLOODGATES, STRANGERS, and PLUNDER. RITUALS will be coming in 2013. My other fiction includes several short stories, available separately as ebooks, and as a collection in both ebook and print form, called JEWEL BOX: SHORT WORKS BY MARY ANNA EVANS. My most recent publications are nonfiction, a departure for me. YOUR NOVEL, DAY BY DAY: A FICTION WRITER'S COMPANION is available for novelists in both ebook and print form. I am also the co-author, with Dr. Faith Wallace, of MATHEMATICAL LITERACY IN THE MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL GRADES: A MODERN APPROACH TO SPARKING STUDENT INTEREST, available in print from Pearson.

I'm a a chemical engineer by training and license, with a degree in engineering physics thrown in for spice, but I love reading about history and writing about an archaeologist. Truth be told, I'm a little jealous of Faye and her archaeological adventures.

I enjoy reading, writing, gardening, spending time with my family, cooking, and playing my 7-and-a-half-foot-long monster of a grand piano. My cat helps me write, so I should probably put his name on my books.


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