- 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: 101 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.
I bought the kindle version because I do most of my reading electronically these days but I realise that some things want to be printed for full effect and benefit, and this is one of them.
I plan on buying it again in paperback to properly test the theories and do the exercises, but must admit that it seems to deliver exactly what it promises to deliver.
My only suggestion for improvement is regarding some of the organisational strategies described in the last quarter of the book, which I found confusing to understand and follow. I'm sure they're brilliant but I didn't grasp them. I realise that it may be due to how I read it though, and it probably will make more sense on further review.
Personally, looking forward to using this reference book as intended with the print version.
I found that this book does not simply duplicate the tips I'd gleaned from other books, but gives me different ways of thinking about each task in the process of writing. The most valuable aspect of the book seems to be her emphasis on focusing on the right tasks at the right point in the process -- for instance, not obsessing over minute details of craft when you're working on the first draft (called "rough" for good reason), or how to plan & develop your raw ideas before even beginning the first draft. At each point in the process, she reminds you of what your aims should be *at that stage* and what sort of things you should ignore until later. You can tell that, not only has she written a goodly number of novels herself, but she has learned from her experience how to make optimal use of each stage in the writing process.
This book can be a great help to any writer who either thinks of writing as an "event" rather than a "process" (pantsers!) or who finds him/herself getting bogged down at some point. The author gives lots of very practical tips for getting "unstuck." On the other hand, if you're looking for someone to walk you through things like creating a plot that works, or refining your dialogue, you should look elsewhere -- this book simply isn't trying to do that. On the other hand, Morris has another "Nail Your Novel" book soon to appear, on "bringing your characters to life" -- I'm looking forward to that one!