- Series: Foundations of Fiction
- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Janice Hardy (March 13, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 099153641X
- ISBN-13: 978-0991536412
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure (Foundations of Fiction) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 13, 2014
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About the Author
Janice Hardy is the award-winning author of the teen fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars, including The Shifter, Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. The Shifter, was chosen for the 2014 list of "Ten Books All Young Georgians Should Read" from the Georgia Center for the Book. It was also shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize (2011), and The Truman Award (2011). She's the founder of Fiction University, a site dedicated to helping writers improve their craft. Her popular Foundations of Fiction series includes Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, a self-guided workshop for planning or revising a novel, the companion Planning Your Novel Workbook, Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft, and the bestselling Understanding Show, Don't Tell (And Really Getting It). She lives in Central Florida with her husband, one yard zombie, two cats, and a very nervous freshwater eel. For more information, please visit her at her writing site, Fiction-University.com, or www.JaniceHardy.com.
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This book really is a workshop that teaches you how to plan and write your novel. The author covers everything from characters to plotting and even teaches you how to write your blurb or pitch. The author shows you how to do it and then discusses it. She offers many examples and "something to think about" prompts and she shows you how to get the most benefit from the exercises. You will learn how to plan and write your novel that includes theme, a great hook, inciting incident, plot points, characters fully fleshed out with distinct wants needs, flaws and motivatation. You will learn how to connect the dots and put it all together so that when you finish the book and exercises you will have something worthwhile already written- enough to work with so that you can then write or revise a fantastic novel that has all
of the elements of great fiction. Janice Hardy is one of the best writing instructors I've come across and she has a rare gift. She is able to show you what so many others have told you. I promise you that many lightbulbs will go off as you read her book. If you want to plan a tight, perfectly paced novel, read Janice Hardy's book and please don't skip the exercises.
Janice Hardy has a knack for explaining what is often said but not really understood. I've found her methods and advice easy to understand and quite helpful. The lessons at the end of the chapters really helped to teach just how planning a novel can work to lay the groundwork for successfully writing a novel, and a quality one at that. In a way it was much like understanding how putting together a piece of furniture by following directions can similarly apply to writing a novel - Step 1 do this, Step 2 decide that, and in doing so eliminating all those issues that keep a person from ACTUALLY writing that novel they've always dreamed of. .
If you are a Beginning Writer, A Struggling to Finish Writer, or even a writer who finds it difficult to get comfortable with writing - then I highly recommend this book. It is easy to follow, regardless of whether you're just starting a first draft to a new novel or revisiting old works that just never felt right. I myself often return to the book just to re-read certain areas as I work through other drafts and stories. I would highly recommend that one by the "Printed" version. I made notes all through my book because I adapted some of the methods in ways that better suited my own writing techniques - and I think that's important for every writer.
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She should turn the sample "zombie" story she uses to illustrate her plot points into a real book !