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The Nighttime Novelist: Finish Your Novel in Your Spare Time 1st Edition
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About the Author
Joseph Bates's fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The South Carolina Review, Identity Theory, Lunch Hour Stories, The Cincinnati Review, Shenandoah, and Novel & Short Story Writer's Market. He holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature and fiction writing from the University of Cincinnati and teaches in the creative writing program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
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Of all the books on writing that I have, the Nighttime Novelist is by far my favorite. I've been trying to get all my literary buddies to buy it. It simply breaks down the novel like a dream, makes it all easier to understand. I do agree that it is full of basic information, but for beginner writers or for those writers like me who prefers a more basic way of breaking down a novel just to get a deeper understanding of how a novel is built, I definitely recommend this book. As the title of this review implies, its like a writer's bible. I feel as if it gives me an overall look at the way a novel is made step by step, it explains every piece and tool thoroughly and easily and helps me deepen my devotion for the craft. I think Joseph Bates did an excellent job and would recommend this book to every writer I know, and it has been a gift for one of my writing friends who is also a beginner and loved the book from the start.
Most definitely a wonderful guide to have sitting on your shelf for any writer, but no beginner writer should be without it. Highly recommended, I love this book, and you should buy it, you really, really should!
The examples are such fun and very insightful! Joseph Bates uses The Wizard of Oz, The Lord of the Rings, and Silence of the Lambs to illustrate the concepts helps the reader to analyze the concepts and how they were applied in each example. The author also offers blank forms for current and future authors to use as they hone their craft. What a great idea!
I don't know the author, but after reading this book several times, I wish that I did.
The Point of View chart was presented as a decision tree, and authors can use it to analyze the best approach for orienting the point of view -- another great idea! For the charts that fold out from the pages, I preferred the printed version so I could see the extended pages at a glance, but love the Kindle version for the ease in searching, for finding critical content, and for enlarging the font.
The title may not literally mean that the reader will finish writing a book at night, but that it is written to make the craft of writing clear to audiences who wish to write, yet have little discretionary time due to spending 4-10 hours a day at work. They need strong tools and clear instructions that are easy to read and apply. The tools and instructions are inspirational. They encourage creativity and are aesthetically pleasing.
I'd like to see more worksheets and cool examples from literature, movies and pop culture from this author!