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Editorial Reviews


'On my shortlist of indispensable writing books.' - Lisa Cron, literary agent, UCLA writing coach and author of Wired For Story.

'A wonderful guide to the bones of writing a novel. A writing buddy in a book' - KM Weiland, writing coach and speculative fiction author

'A how-to guide that actually tells you how' - Catherine Ryan Howard, author and blogger

'This book is a gem' - Pelican

'Packed full of practical advice for any novelist, whether just starting out, stuck half way or finished but lost. They say the last 10% of a book takes 90% of the effort. This book makes it effortless.' Tom Evans

'Concrete tasks to get words onto the page' - Ann Marie Gamble

'If published writers received a £ for every person that says to them 'I could/want to/am trying to/ write a book: how do you go about it?' - then they wouldn't need to write for a living any more... Here is the one-stop (slim and modestly priced) volume I invariably recommend in such circumstances - and not just as a fob-off, but as a compendium of perfectly distilled professional wisdom. Therein lies all the aspiring author needs to get started - and just as importantly persevere with and finish. There's also a wealth of wisdom for the non-novice too, because Ms Morris is the real deal and a world away from the usual 'expert in rags offering to tell you how to win the lottery'. As a best-seller, albeit under other names, she knows what she's talking about and any author, from starter to veteran can benefit from listening to her. Or in this case, reading her pearls of wisdom. In short, highly recommended.' - John Whitbourn, Victor Gollancz award winner

' Roz Morris IS the Creative Midwife' - Heather Mitchell

'This is a book full of originality and creativity and warmth: it's like having your own personal cheerleader. I have rescued a project I've so far spent 2 years on but was going to bin as too unwieldy, and have even broken through writer's block to write more words than I usually do. I'm enjoying the process - thanks to Roz, writing's become fun again. Highly recommended.' - Miss Chinaski

'This book is brimming with useful practical advice. There isn't any padding to try and justify an extortionate cover price. It's not a lecture by the headmaster; it's one on one tutoring with your favourite teacher. This little book is an invaluable read if you're a new or inexperienced writer.' - M Ryan

'Roz Morris's friendly advice, logically organised, presented kindly, and based on heaps of experience, has given me the courage to keep going and the confidence that I'll be able to knock my book into perfect shape, using simple but clever tools and concepts. I'm particularly looking forward to using her beat sheet to give my debut novel a structural survey and re-engineer it as necessary. It's a book that will now have a permanent place on my shelf of how-to books for writers, and I'm sure I'll dip into it again and again,' - Debbie Young

'Does exactly what it sets out to do. I had old drafts for a novel which were in a mess. Within the last couple of months, and using these techniques, I have got my outline in order, have a clear direction for my novel, and am now adding 1500 words a day (in my evenings as I work full time) to my first draft. I have tried various writing manuals, but many tell you what you should be doing without telling you how. This gives you useful techniques that are completely practical. Cannot recommend enough.' - Amazon customer

About the Author

Roz Morris has two decades of experience writing novels and helping floundering authors find their way. She teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London. She is a senior book doctor for a major literary consultancy in London, writes fiction under her own name and has ghostwritten bestselling fiction for high-profile writers with major publishers, including Random House, Puffin and Mammoth.

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Product details

  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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