- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 1 edition (April 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582970629
- ISBN-13: 978-1582970622
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 90 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing 1st Edition
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About the Author
Evan Marshall is the president of the Evan Marshall Agency, a leading literary agency that specializes in representing fiction writers. A former book editor and packager, he has contributed articles on writing and publishing to Writer's Digest and other magazines. He is the author of Eye Language and a forthcoming series of mystery novels. He lives in Pine Brook, New Jersey.
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This book may not have lots to offer someone who is confident of their writing process but it gives a formula that gets a novel written. If you are fiddling with your pages for months and still are on your first draft, this book is worth a gander. This is an outline approach so if that doesn't appeal to you, much of the plan will not work for you. But it matches much advice I've seen from people who really are writing and selling books - get the first draft written above all else. A book is like clay and you have to get something molded initially to transform into the final product.
I plan on using this to get my first draft and then I can deviate as I feel fit. It's only a blueprint and many find the plan too rigid. Well you are the writer - own your book and your decisions. The advice is still solid and worth a read. I've made stew 40 ways and I still find value of looking at a basic recipe - and I doubt I've followed it exactly as written in 10 years. But I had to make that recipe a few times to gain the confidence to deviate without ruining dinner. This is similar to that.
Just a warning to all would be writers of novels or screenplays, they are like making sausage, you might not want to know what goes into them. Once you do, you see how formulaic the process is, and it affects you enjoyment of both art forms. When I go to the movies now, I sit and identify all the requisite component parts of the script as they occur and can usually tell where the plot is headed in the first 15 or 20 minutes.
You want to know who helped me? this was the book.
It breaks it down in bite sized portions.
I have read a lot of books on how to write a novel, the 1000 faces of .. and blah blah blah. I read it, then I joined a writers group..
holy crap, this is what they were using.. Doh!!!
Get it, use it and write a novel. Do it
http://tinyurl.com/nz6pgoy To check out mine!!
The word outline I have found seems to be an "ugly" word for many in the writing community. I think that book doesn't so much outline the book as much as help you plan out your book before hand so that when you go to write it you know where your going exactly and all you have to do then is fill in all the wonderful details that will make your book a book.
I am seriously considering purchasing the software as a result of this book the author has created.
I think this book would be good for any writer, beginner or years of experience, to help them achieve the best novel he or she can.
This book is the step-by-step guide to writing, with winning insights and incredibly helpful tips. They'll prevent you from making epic, time-wasting blunders, and save you the time required to re-invent the wheel that turns out successful books.
Even if you don't actually follow his steps, this is still a must-own for most writers, even if you're working in nonfiction.
For me, it's almost a five-star book, but not quite. Some of the book is a little tedious.
That's okay. The parts that provide big "ah-HA!" moments are invaluable. And, when you're looking at your first hefty royalty check, you'll be very grateful you read this book.
What Marshall does is stress the importance of cause and effect in your writing and outlines. This may seem obvious, but alas, it isn't. Some amateur writers try to push their plots along just by their own sheer will, and they never quite gel. In this book the author shows you many techniques via examples and worksheets (yes even in the actual book, not the workbook) on how to make your plot flow logically.
Also covered in much the same way are relationships between characters. How do people manage to meet to wind their way through the plot in the first place? In this area especially is practical instruction on how to keep your novel from being bogged down with side character issues.
Suffice it to say, I enjoyed the approach. Even if you don't subscribe to the larger concepts it will help dead areas in a plot you already have, as well as ones waiting to be created.