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Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure (Foundations of Fiction) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 13, 2014
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I picked up the print edition, which came with the free kindle matchbook option, so I started reading the ebook while waiting for the print version to arrive. Quite handy to have, though I must say that I love the formatting of the print book so much more. Due to the nature of ebooks, the print book formatting is much easier to follow through the charts.
As for the content itself, everything is really easy to understand, and helps further clarify what's already on her blog. Some of the information is a bit repetitive, but I honestly found that it helped reinforce the various lessons learned from each chapter. Those lessons became easier to remember as she went, and lessons from earlier chapters came back later to help push you forward. Plus, if you've been following her story with Bob and the zombies (which she uses to illustrate points occasionally), this book continues that story and uses it to illustrate how structuring a novel can work.
I highly recommend Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure by Janice Hardy. Her points are easy to follow, regardless of whether you're cobbling together a first draft or evaluating a later draft to make sure all the pieces are in place. I anticipate reading through this again as I work through other drafts and stories, and I look forward to the future books in this series.
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.Read more ›
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I bought this book along with several other books on writing a novel and developing plot. I liked how the book was divided into workshops. Read morePublished 4 days ago by DeeDee
Janis Hardy offers up refreshing and pertinent guidance for a would-be novelist. Well organized and clearly written. An enjoyable and beneficial read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ERH
Solid book, clearly written, easily understood. Not only did I utilize this book for outlining my own work-in-progress, but I also used this guide to teach a class recently at a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by C. Hope Clark
I follow Janice Hardy's blog. She's taught me as much about the craft of writing as I've learned from most of the other blogs I follow and most of the books I've read combined. Read morePublished 13 months ago by ssschlesinger
In Planning Your Novel, Janice gives you step-by-step workshops from figuring out the type of writer you are through developing your idea, characters, POV, theme, setting, and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by R Squared
This is a wonderful wise guide-craft How-to that is meaty and offers strong guidance in planning your novel. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Joywriter
Pretty comprehensive but BORING. I liked her blog but found this hard to slough through. Never finished it. There are better things out there. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Peggy Cadigan
I loved this book so much! It helped me plan my novel using different approaches I hadn't thought of before. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Samantha Reads