- Paperback: 203 pages
- Publisher: Compass Books (June 16, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780995911
- ISBN-13: 978-1780995915
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While day work may interfere and I will probably have to take weekends off for church activities, I fully plan to write a 35,000 word (or slightly more) novel for Piccadilly Publishing in 30 working days. (Chuck Tyrell 07/11/2013)
About the Author
Nik is a published author of 15 books of fiction, in several genres. He has sold hundreds of articles and 120 short stories. He is also editor in chief of Solstice Publishing, a US publisher. He lives in Spain.
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I took his advice on the plot-plan (Ch. 7) and it changed the way I approach sketching out a novel. Taking the necessary time to prep makes the writing easier. It took me three days to complete a plot-plan on a story I had in mind, and just two weeks later I have already written 11,000 words of the novel.
"Write a Western in 30 Days" will dispel any doubts that you don't have what it takes to finish a novel. If you have a story to tell, Nik's book will give you the tools you need and, better yet, get you excited about the craft of writing.
Hint: a "day" is eight hours of work time, whether continuous or broken up. Feel cheated? Well, would you have bought a book entitled Write a Western in 240 Hours? Actually, I would've bought the book with that title.
Morton has a brilliant way of condensing a great deal of information into manageable junks without sacrificing clarity or content. The resulting book works both as master class and as a refresher course.
By about the third chapter, Morton makes it clear that he has thought of everything. I mean, he hammer-slaps the sub-headings and makes every shot count--from animals to weaponry--and illustrates his points with examples from his own novels.
Chapter seven is, I suspect, the heart of the book for most readers. Morton, by this point, has referred to the "plot plan" enough that when you finally hit page 72 you feel as though you've finally arrived at, if not your destination, at least one heck of a fun way station.
"Writing a novel is much easier if you have a plot to follow," he writes. "It doesn't mean you're in a rut. The plot is a rough-and-ready road...
"A story is often about a character's growth or change through adversity, which is brought about by facing obstacles and overcoming them," he adds. "Though sometimes unwelcome, change is inevitable in life; in fiction, change is vitally necessary. The plot provides the means for the character to evolve."
The plot plan, like life itself, is a "working document" and change is inevitable. The whole chapter is like that--one beautifully rich paragraph after another.
After the plot plan, Morton becomes more craft focused--character, dialogue, and description. He looks at form--beginning and endings--and revision--self-editing and layering--and finally offers up some very practical advice on publishers, synopses, blurbs, and marketing.
If Nik Morton taught a course based on this book I'd be the first to enroll and I'd sit up close. But he lives across the Atlantic and that's a long way away from South Carolina. Fortunately, I have Write a Western in 30 Days.