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- Publisher: The Do-Not Press; 1.5 edition (August 10, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 10, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MMOZ81I
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How To Write A Novel The Easy Way Using The Pulp Fiction Method To Write Better Novels: Writing Skills Kindle Edition
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I've read a ton of writing books (starting in the mid-80's), I took a summer writing workshop at Iowa University, I've taken several writing courses offered by universities (in actual non-virtual classrooms as well as online), and nowhere else have I encountered such concise, to the point, no BS, sound, and PRACTICAL information about novel writing.
If you aspire to be an author of genre or commercial fiction or you're a struggling novelist, you can benefit from this short, sweet book.
How to Write a Novel the Easy Way! Using the Pulp Fiction Method reminds me a bit of the highly acclaimed book, Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need, by the late Blake Snyder (1957-2009). And that's because like Save the Cat!, How to Write a Novel the Easy Way! is practical, grounded in common sense, and crystal clear. In his intro to Save the Cat!, Snyder observes that many screenwriting books "don't say it like it is," and "often serve the writer of the book more than the reader." I've found this to be also true of many how-to-write-a-novel and how-to-write-fiction books. Jim Driver's book serves the reader on a platter, Driver doesn't come across as remotely self-serving, and he totally says it like it is.
I thank Jim Driver for writing this book. After reading it, you'll want to thank him too.
As with many of the free Kindle books out there, I was skeptical about what Mr. Driver could offer, but since it’s getting close to NaNoWriMo, I wanted to see if he possible had any wisdom we could glean from.
I was blown away as I read this book. This is forty-four pages well worth reading. He talks about how to find the types of books that sell. He talks about how to get original ideas, how to put those ideas into scenes, and the scenes into chapters. He talks about several methods of outlining and research.
No, he indeed does recommend two of his other books, but he is not pushy about it. He doesn’t leave you hanging so that you must buy the other books. He also recommends some software that I intend to check out. It helps you to organize your thoughts, research, outline, and everything.
I highly recommend reading this book while you are in NaNoWriMo prep mode!
For me the best ideas were in the section on how to use Amazon to research what the readers of a given genre want and expect (by looking at the best-sellers) and how to then tweak the formulas to create a similar but new and different story that also has a good chance to be popular.
I'm taking off one point because it hardly covered what to do after you've written the book. The section on editing was cursory, and it included no information about the process of producing a kindle book and getting it released via Amazon -- information I expected given the heavy emphasis of writing with the goal of e-publishing.
The book was easy for the author to create and contains nothing substantial to help a beginning writer out, except one section about mindset, which is why I gave it three stars.
The book has has the right price (free) and exists only to as a funnel starter for the rest of Driver's books written for writers. Fair enough, but be warned. It only exists as a funnel starter for what seem to be the only books Mr. Driver has published.
Those books might be excellent, but I came away from the work feeling so sold to, I don't want to invest anymore time in his world. He offers a free book at the end, but I'm sure it's more of the same.
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Recommended for all beginners out there.