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Writing: A User's Manual: A practical guide to planning, starting and finishing a novel Paperback – April 15, 2012
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David Hewson's books have been read by millions...So his views on writing a successful novel are well worth listening to...There's a surfeit of ideas and advice, ranging from how to get started through keeping the project alive to delivering the finished manuscript that you must read. Self-Publishing Magazine
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David Hewson is a prolific and talented thriller writer with a large fanbase. He is well regarded by peers and critics, his Italian-based thrillers are published in dozens of languages and the film rights to the entire Nic Costa series (described by Lee Child as `terrific') have now been sold. He is now writing the novel versions of the BAFTA award-winning Danish crime drama The Killing.
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I'm a non-fiction writer, so it was fascinating to find out how a work of fiction is developed. Through a short scene called "Charlie and the Mermaid" we learn about the type of writer we might be, our genre, point of view, tense, dialogue, location, planning and actually writing!
Writing: A User Manual, is written by David Hewson whose works have been read by millions; some of these have been made into movies and also a TV series. So, his views on writing a successful novel are well worth listening to. I was particularly impressed with Hewson's ability to be self-disparaging about some of his novels and mistakes he has made. Plus the idea that his rules are for breaking - makes the book very credible.
Having reviewed over 100 books, I normally précis and critique the book. For once, I'm digressing from my normal format - Why? Well, for any budding (or for that matter experienced) author, I'd be depriving the reader of the discovery of some great examples of how to successfully write a novel if I said too much. Suffice to say there's a surfeit of ideas and advice ranging from how to get started through keeping the project alive to delivering the finished manuscript, that you must read.