- Paperback: 182 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (June 30, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 146108136X
- ISBN-13: 978-1461081364
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 104 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books and How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence 2nd Edition
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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.
Her websites are www.rozmorris.wordpress.com and www.nailyournovel.com
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What resonated: a plan for determining overall story structure/developmental changes needed so they can be done in one pass vs going allllll the way through making one adjustment, then allll the way through making another kind of edit, and then, and then.
I originally purchased and read and began applying this in e-book format and have now purchased a hard copy which suits me better since I love to mark up the pages, dogear and all that. Going off to write now. Happy, just happy.
Nail Your Novel is a nice, quick overview of Roz Morris's recommended process for writing your novel. It's not essential reading and there's nothing new or groundbreaking here, but it does have value - especially for the unexperienced writer who might have certain incorrect assumptions about different phases of the writing process.
It's an extremely quick read and I'd recommend it for new writers who aren't sure about the general process of writing a novel. Just don't buy the paperback version.
For me, this book was worthwhile for the cards game, to break down the plot into individual elements, and rearrange them for the best impact.
The book's format... well, it's clearly based on the size and narrow margins of a novel. I wanted bigger pages and wider margins, for jotting notes in.
The organization of the book was clearly a challenge for the author. I looked at the table of contents and scratched my head, trying to figure it out. Basically, I think she's trying to make the book super-easy to navigate if you're looking for just one thing.
The editing took me by surprise. I hate to even mention that, because I'm guilty of the exact same problem... and that may be why the errors leaped off the page as I read it. (My own editing is vastly better than my writing is.)
But, looking past that, the information in this book is diverse. It will probably solve at least one big problem for every author in every novel.
I recommend it for anyone writing fiction, as a useful reference book. I'm not sure it's a book to read, cover-to-cover. It's a book to read until you find a great answer to why your novel has stalled, and how to fix it... and then get back to writing.
And, though I wasn't happy with the size of this book, I'll admit that it fits nicely on the shelf, and it's easy to pick out when I want to consult it for a quick (and reliable) fix for something that's not working in my current book.
As a beginner novelist, but an experienced writer in many other areas, I have been looking for shortcuts to learning the basics ... and I'm a great believer in 'getting inside the heads' of people who can already do this, or do it for a living. Model success and make your own path require less effort.
Roz Morris has exceeded my expectations in this very rich book. I have now read it for the third time (during which time my novel is also progressing) and I am amazed at how much of the writing process she is able to convey - with 'how-to' steps and techniques for every part of the journey.
Nothing is held back, Roz happily shares her own ups and downs - including how to move past them - and all the while sounding like your best friend who happens to be conveying these nuggets over a nice cup of tea.
Don't underestimate the material in the book - it's pragmatic, motivational and straight to the point.
'Nail Your Novel' is packed with so many tips and techniques that I can see this will be a trusty guide and valuable reference for many years to come. Thanks Roz for taking the time to put it together, I loved your creative approaches and as someone who also has a very - ahem - 'helpful' inner critic, you have provided some extremely useful methods for empowering every aspect of our minds when it comes to writing a novel.
One of the few non-fiction books where I am actively watching out for the 'sequel'. Highly recommended, make sure you have a copy in your writer's reference library.