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Your Novel, Day by Day:  A Fiction Writer's Companion by [Evans, Mary Anna]
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"Informed and informative, "Your Novel, Day by Day: A Fiction Writer's Companion" will prove to be very worthwhile reading for any aspiring author seeking to pen the next 'Great American Novel'!" -Midwest Book Review
"This unusual book on writing is well worth reading. It's meant to be read day-by-day for a year as you write your book. Every day offers a new essay filled with encouragement, inspiration and advice....In her book that's written to be your companion as you write, Evans helps you maintain focus and motivation. She includes topics on plotting, characters and your story's timeline - to name just a few examples - in a succinct narrative voice. She tells you what works for her and other writers she knows. she acts as cheerleader, coach and writing consultant." -Bookloons, Lynn Seippel

From the Author

In some ways, this book is like a letter written to my younger self.  Like most writers, I have a drawer full of rejection letters, and I learned something from each of them.  How much better would it have been if I had learned those things in a less ego-bashing way?  What if a more experienced writer had been there to help me, someone with several books and several years of experience under her belt? Wouldn't it have helped to have a mentor at my side?
On the pages of Your Novel, Day by Day:  A Fiction Writer's Companion, I try to be that mentor for today's aspiring authors.  I've assembled concrete advice, writing exercises, real-life experiences, and gentle encouragement into a book that's intended to guide you through the entire process of writing your book.  It comes to you with my best wishes that you will find the best way to tell your story.

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  • File Size: 753 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Joyeuse Press (January 20, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007X93XRI
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Format: Paperback
I was in the midst of writing my first novel, floundering around and desperately in need of a little nudging when I came across Mary Anna Evans' book, "Your Novel: Day by Day."

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.
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My book isn't finished, but I am far enough along to know that Your Novel: Day by Day is a great companion for anyone writing a novel. This book will march you right through the process.

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
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Mary Anna Evans shares her valuable tips on the process of writing in Your Novel, Day by Day: A Fiction Writer's Companion. Her research is impeccable, and she mentions that it is dangerous to stake one's reputation on information found on the internet, even Wikipedia. She explains how she develops characters, names them, and describes the scenes and dwellings where the action takes place. She also explains how to write dialogue and how to get unstuck. There's so much more here than can be captured in an Amazon review. Every writer and reader of novels will find this inside story of successful writer's thought process a joy to read.
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This is the problem when fiction writers write a non-fiction book - they tend to write as many words as possible (this author even mentions somewhere in the middle that she 'has' to write 40,000 more words). Fiction authors (generally) think that more words = more value. While that maybe true in fiction (to an extent), in non-fiction, it's the reverse - tell us everything you have to, as quickly as possible. No one has the time or patience to read epic non-fiction books. Readers will thank you if you pack as much value into as few pages as possible.

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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