- Series: Teach Yourself Series
- Paperback: 179 pages
- Publisher: Teach Yourself (July 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0844231061
- ISBN-13: 978-0844231068
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,609,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writing a Novel (Teach Yourself Series)
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Now with a sharp new cover, Teach Yourself Writing a Novel helps readers follow the paths of Austin and Hemingway. The author takes them step-by-step through the writing process, from the germination of an idea to the actual writing, and from finding an agent to contacting publishers. Also includes exercises to help develop the reader's own writing skills and tips to relieve writer's block.
Top customer reviews
Action-packed concise, attractive chapters address: introduction, beginning, plot, the eight-point arc (e.g. stasis, trigger, quest, surprise, critical choice, climax, reversal, and resolution), sub-plot and symbolism, character, dialogue, viewpoint, setting the scene, style, theme, editing and shaping, the personality of the writer, support, and marketing.
This book facilitates better creative writing & editing- offering tools often embedded deeply in much lengthier courses or books. An improvement could be to include a chapter on web-publishing.
Overall, highly recommended for use as a thoughtful and deep working book.