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- Print Length: 104 pages
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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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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,130 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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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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!
I found it to be just another mediocre book on writing fiction by a person who seems to make his living primarily by writing non-fiction. Nothing in the book is new, because there really isn’t anything new to tell writers. It is the same stuff that has been circulating in writing magazines and books for at least the last 50 or 60 years. I’m old enough to know. And you can find it all on the internet for free.
The sad thing is, this book does not tell you how to write like the pulp writers. If you want that, get James Scott Bell’s “How to Write Pulp Fiction”. Bell does a better job of getting into the mind of the pulp writer. Or go pay a visit to Dean Wesley Smith’s website. He’s a modern pulpster.
The only thing Driver says of value, which is why I gave the book three stars, is that the pulp fiction writers “…learned techniques that allowed them to write wonderful stories in the shortest time, without making mistakes.” And that pulp fiction writers didn’t strive for perfection. They simply strove to write a decent story. Driver, though, doesn’t tell you what those techniques were. He just tells you how to outline.
What pulp writers did use was a formula, not an outline. Lester Dent’s formula is easily found on the internet for free. (And Dent wrote far more fiction than Mr Driver apparently has.) Michael Moorcock used Dent's formula to write novels in 3 days when he had to. The pulp writers also wrote to a set word or page count every day, 365 days a year. They wrote lots and published often. They had to or they’d starve.
There you have it. How to write like a pulp fiction writer. In far fewer words than Mr Driver, and with no sales pitch.
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.
Yes, Jim is right. This book is very helpful in drafting a novel. A practical approach adopted the author himself. This book includes lots of basics of novel writing and great tips, step by step.
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.