"I have read and studied a lot of books about novel writing and this is one of the best. Ms. Lakin breaks down the elements needed to tell a good story and she also describes how these pieces interact."
"Lakin writes in a conversational tone as an antidote to the manuals that are devoid of a writer's voice. So The 12 Pillars at times doesn't resemble a how-to book at all. More of a construction site lunch-break conversation about temple-building. I wish I was in that construction trailer with her. I'd learn lots."
"in short, the book is brilliant. This is the perfect guide for those of us who actually put backside-on-chair on a regular basis, and who therefore have no illusions about the amount of work and commitment involved in getting that novel finished. This book provides completely clear, practical guidance on how to build up a solid novel."
From the Author
I critique and edit more than twohundred partial and complete manuscripts a year. Year after year, I seestruggling writers making the same fatal mistakes in their manuscripts. Eventhose writers who have studied the best novel-writing instruction books, havefollowed writers' blogs, and have taken numerous workshops still don't get the structure.
Truth is, a lot of writersbelieve they can write a novel without taking time to learn the nuts and boltsof novel construction. I wonder why this is. I doubt many aspiring doctors,dentists, or lawyers believe they can jump into their practice by just readinga few books, or maybe even watching some TV shows. I certainly wouldn't want tolearn that my surgeon hadn'tgraduated medical school or memorized Gray'sAnatomy as I was being wheeled on a gurney into the operating arena.
Writing a novel may not be ascomplex as performing an operation on someone, but it does have itscomplexities. Just as with building a house--which is what we are going to comparenovel writing to in this book--writers have to adeptly wield not only a wholelot of materials but a lot of tools as well. For every task required inbuilding a house, a builder must know both his materials and his tools. You don'tframe up a house with tar paper, and you don't use plastic pipe for gas lines.It takes time and effort to acquire the proper training to be proficient in anyvocation. Novel writing is no exception.