- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (March 15, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312104782
- ISBN-13: 978-0312104788
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II: Advanced Techniques For Dramatic Storytelling 1st Edition
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Frey ( How To Write a Damn Good Novel , St. Martin's, 1987) expands on his earlier take on the art of novel writing. His focus here is on dramatic fiction. Using examples from a broad range of fiction, he shows what these works have in common and how writers can learn from the authors to improve their own writing. Some of the areas discussed are developing characters, creating suspense, using a strong narrative voice, and understanding the author/reader contract. Chapter 8, entitled "The Seven Deadly Mistakes," talks about being timid, trying to be literary, and the failure to produce; it gives some advice on how to avoid these writing traps. The final word is to write with passion. This is a good choice for the writing shelf. It is a clear-headed study, with a bit of humor and solid advice. Anyone who owns the first book should have this one, but it can also stand on its own. Recommended for public libraries.
- Lisa J. Cochenet, Winfield P.L., Ill.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“Frey expands on his earlier take on the art of novel writing. His focus here is on dramatic fiction. Using examples from a broad range of fiction, he shows what these works have in common and how writers can learn from the authors to improve their own writing. Some of the areas discussed are developing characters, creating suspense, using a strong narrative voice, and understanding the author/reader contract . . . A good choice for the writing shelf. It is a clear-headed study, with a bit of humor and solid advice. Anyone who owns the first book should have this one, but it can also stand on its own.” ―Library Journal
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This book gave me a much needed kick in the butt! I immediately skipped to the section The Seven Deadly Mistakes since so many of the reviews mentioned it. That alone was worth the $10 I spent on the Kindle version! It helped me realize what a wimp I'd been with my characters and my plot.
I read a few more chapters, taking note of the big mistake that 99% of beginners make... Failing to open the novel with a dramatic hook. Actually, he was noting advice originally given by Dean Koontz. (I want to give proper credit where it's due.) But the advice hit the nail on the head.
I threw out my original opening chapter. Believe me, it really hurt. I'd been clinging to this opening chapter for over a year. I wrote a whole new opening chapter with a very dramatic death threat that comes in the first five lines. Then I shared my work with a trusted group of people.
They ate it up. These people were hooked and wanted to know what happened next. Within two days, I cranked out another two new chapters. And then I took a fourth chapter, which I'd also been clinging to for the past year. I cut 50% of the dialogue out and ended it at the peak of emotion.
Today is Friday. I started this journey on Monday. In one business week, I've written three very good chapters, significantly altered another chapter, and thrown out an opening scene that I once believed was wonderful! The growth has been amazing. I feel passionate and inspired... I haven't even finished reading Frey's book yet! I look forward to seeing what wisdom I'll gain and fire I'll have in my belly after I do finish it.
I realize that reading this book won't automatically make someone a good or talented writer. You have to have a story to tell and be at least somewhat proficient at telling stories. But this book was exactly the boost I needed to get me on the path to writing a memorable first novel.
Thank you, Mr. Frey!
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This book is worth many times the price - packed with so much valuable information, I'm reading it for the third time.
Frank Allan Rogers, author Upon A Crazy Horse
It takes no more than a rainy afternoon to read this book. As you read, your thoughts will gather and you will begin to experiment with story ideas already gathering dust in your head. Using his guidelines just may allow you to see past the idea through to a fully developed story. Remember however, that Frey isn't going to write the story for you---he's there to help formulate your thought patterns into something meaningful and publishable. He may give the art form, but the art is yours to create.
I don't think this book is a repetition of his previous book. This book actually expands on previous concepts, and the author even rectifies one of his previous rules about point of view.
How to Write a Damn Good Novel I and II are a must have for any aspiring fiction writer.
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