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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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About the Author
Nathan Bransford is the author of How to Write a Novel, Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow, Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe and Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp. He was formerly a literary agent with Curtis Brown Ltd. and writes a popular blog on writing and publishing. He lives in New York City.
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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.
NINE KINDS OF AWESOME:(Former) Literary agents who have actually PUBLISHED novels and then write "how to write" books.
Nathan's voice is engaging and funny.
The lessons are 101, but if you are working on your first or second novel How to Write A Novel is a solid field guide to getting your story onto the page.
Anyone TEACHING A 101 LEVEL WRITING COURSE should buy these in bulk for textbooks, or have your students download them for next to nothing. The enlightenment per dollar factor is unmatched.
How To Write a Novel is an excellent book that will give you the confidence and encouragement to write, along with a great deal of practical advice on how to accomplish the task. Nathan Bransford is one of the select few in publishing who has been a literary agent(with powerhouse group Curtis Brown) written a trilogy (Jacob Wonderbar stories) and written a book on how to write a novel.
Those followers of Bransford will immediately recognize his style in which he combines practical advice with a very positive and encouraging tone. This book truly sets out all you need to know to write a book and is also a good primer as it offers a good list of do's and don'ts when writing.
If you're planning to write a book, in the middle of writing a book, or in the process of revising and finalizing your book, you will find the information--which I found comparable to having a personal "coach" --to be very helpful.
Very worthwhile read and investment of time that will help sharpen your skills and help you write your best possible book.