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Evans' guide is based on the simple premise that if you write a page a day, you'll have written a book in a year. If you write three pages a day, you can have it done in three months. From the very first paragraph of the very first page, Evans takes you gently by the hand and leads you--day-by-day and page-by-page--through the arduous task ahead.
Evans' wit and wisdom is delivered in a warm, reassuring voice--think June Cleaver on "Leave it to Beaver"--asking pointed questions that go straight to the heart of the matter. "Do you write every day?" she asks at the end of the first day's reading in the same disarmingly polite manner that Mrs. Cleaver would use to stop Wally or the Beav in their tracks as they were headed out the door by asking, "Have you finished your homework?"
There's plenty of practical advice, too. Evans charms and cajoles you into completing those essential pre-writing exercises that many aspiring novelists may be tempted to skip but shouldn't: character sketches, descriptions of the setting, and the all-important map (aka outline) of plot twists and turns that inform you where your story's going. She even tells you how to publicize your book when it's done.Read more ›
It's divided into 365 daily offerings. Each section is unique and is designed to move you forward and help you put your thoughts on paper. The theory is that if you follow the advice in each section, you'll have a novel in a year. Of course, you can work your way through it faster if you want.
From choosing a topic and gathering your imaginary friends (your characters), to starting to think about your next book, the steps are all there. The first 36 entries are organizational and will get you started.
Chapter 5 contains 270 entries that lead you through the process of writing the book. The writings on these 270 days are informative and inspirational. When consumed on a daily basis, you can't help but make progress in writing your book. And if you write a page or so a day for 270 days, that's a book. I'm not saying this book will write the book for you, but it will keep you on track, and you'll find it much easier to reach your goals.
In addition, Chapter 6 takes you through the information you'll need to read, revise, edit and prepare your book for publishing.
Your Novel: Day by Day is well written and concrete. I recommend this book without reservation.
Lou Belcher, editor of Florida Book News
The second issue with this book is, 50% of the book is - I, me, my books, my short stories, my greatness, etc. It almost feels like an advertisement to authors work like Artifacts & Faye Longchamp (the author makes us memorize these two words). Initially, I wanted to read the first book of her series, but as I finished the book, I got fed-up of Artifacts & Faye Longchamp. There is a limit to self promotion. That said, reference to her own books is valid (to some extent). She uses it to make her points, clearer. But, she could have as well used extracts or references to other good books/classics that maybe more appropriate.
Other than these two glaring issues, the book fine. The author offers some excellent advice, observations and suggestions. Frankly, it's much better than those 'become rich by becoming an eBook author NOW' kinda books. The author has a good amount of experience writing fiction and that shows. Buy it, you won't regret. But you'll have to skip certain portions of this book, but don't worry - you'll learn what to skip as you read it.
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In this guide to writing a novel the author gives the reader both encouragement and practical information. Read morePublished on May 26, 2014 by Ricky Kimsey
I didn't really find much guidance in this. It was alright, but I after buying a few other books and being dissatisfied with them too, I eventually bought "Write Now", and... Read morePublished on April 29, 2014 by Anonymous
Each segment is easy to read in just a few minutes, but helps you write you novel in small bites.Published on March 21, 2014 by Movie Lover Nancy
Mary Anna Evans has written a great guide to writing a novel, whether it be your first or next of many. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by RobynM
The author sums it up best herself in the book - she provides a gentle motherly nag to keep you on track with writing your book. Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by VL
Excellent book for newbies and published authors. Very helpful techniques with easy to use methods. Mary Anna is concise, practical, and very helpful in her book. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Sharon
Great book. Recommend to any writer. Raises good questions, provides examples from other works, gives you things to think about. Well done!Published on October 27, 2013 by Ashley Elizabeth Blair Tetzlaff