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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. 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.