How to Write a Novel: 47 Rules for Writing a Stupendously Awesome Novel That You Will Love Forever Paperback – November 20, 2013
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- Item Weight : 8.3 ounces
- Paperback : 234 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0615925162
- ISBN-13 : 978-0615925165
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.53 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Nathan Bransford (November 20, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #880,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I will admit though, that while this book glitters like a perfect diamond in those 5 parts, it’s set into some unappealing bedrock. While rules 15, 26, & 40 are almost diamonds, still quite valuable, in my opinion the rest of the book is really not. It’s the same stuff you can get for free from the average 18 year old writing blogger who only knows what they’re regurgitating from other sources. That’s not to say Bransford is just regurgitating, he clearly knows what he is talking about and has the experience to back it up but that’s not just unleveraged, it’s sacrificed to the cover everything quick and breezy style of the book. At least for me, far from making the book palatable it makes it feel obnoxious to me. Bad enough that I’ve been fighting most of the book to rate it highly. Even as I closed in on the end I kept saying maybe 4 ½ stars rounded down because I just get all of this infinitely better elsewhere.
But it does have 5 truly superior mini-essays. Not just worth the money but the space on your shelf for all the rest, too. And I think that transcends the otherwise merely good book. So 5 stars.
Bransford’s writing style makes you feel like he’s your mentor imparting morsels of genius over salted caramel hot chocolate at your favorite Brooklyn coffeehouse.
Right now, I’m in outlining mode. I spend the majority of my time in revision mode, so I was experiencing all the issues associated with drafting. But it felt like Bransford was there to remind me we’d been through this before and we could do it again.
There is something about Bransford’s voice that makes you trust in what he says. Maybe it’s the confidential tone or the way he breaks it down. He doesn’t just tell you what to do, he tells you how to do it. His genuine love of writing shines through and his words got lodged in my brain and sunk deeper than other writing books had.
Every single rule in this book will make you a better writer. I went highlighter crazy on my Kindle. So much brilliance to be absorbed and applied.
This book focuses on drafting but also has a really useful section on revising.
Rule #3 really resonated with me: “Find the writing style that works for you.”
The big takeaway: “There isn’t one way to write a novel. There isn’t a formula...as long as you’re getting words on the page you’re doing fine.”
Thanks Mr. Bransford! This is a book that needed to be written for first time writers and those of us a few books in.
In addition to his knowledge on the subject of how to write a novel, the conversational style in which Nathan communicates greatly enhances the learning. It's a fun read. So, all-in, I really do think he knows what he's talking about which, from a skeptical guy who's spent thousands of hours investigating con-artists, is saying a lot. Nathan gained my trust while reading his blog and so I invested more of my trust and my time in reading his novel. It was time very well spent.
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Already I have returned to this book for information and inspiration.