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The Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel: All the Tools You Need to Write and Sell Your First Novel

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For an aspiring novelist, nothing is more intimidating than a blank page or computer screen. This step-by-step guide helps you get past that hurdle, start writing, and cross the finish line to first draft in only twenty-six weeks! This guide covers the entire novel-writing process--from polishing an idea to finding an agent and submitting to publishers.This practical guide ...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by Adams Media Corporation
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Richard
Feb 17, 2013 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel by Hallie Ephron

This book is truly lives up to its title. It is the most comprehensive overview of everything a first time novelist needs to know that I've run across. It's written by a veteran author, with several mysteries and nonfiction titles to her credit, so she knows what it takes to become a published writer.

First Novel covers the basics as you'd expect, things like where to get ideas, how to create characters, story overview, research tec
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Sarah Hudson
Dec 23, 2015 Sarah Hudson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Useful and enjoyable. Some guides on writing are insufferable and pretentious. This is not like that. I didn't feel like Ephron was trying to stuff her ideas, rules, thoughts down my throat. It had excellent tips and there are several things I took from this guide and will apply to my writing and attempts to get published that I had not found in guides previously.

Sometimes it is easy to get lost in a guide and ignore actually writing. After reading a section or two of this guide I felt fueled, r
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Flor De Vita
Jul 25, 2015 Flor De Vita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A few weeks ago I sent one manuscript to a contest and I wish that I had read this before that. This book showed me some aspects about how to write a book that I ignored. It's an amazing guide and its content has good examples and explanations. I really recommend it.
Angela
Jul 11, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A wonderful guide to everything needed to write great fiction. From point of view to dialogue to creating memorable, growing characters, this how to answered all my questions and made me think about points I hadn't considered in my writing before. I would say this is a must read to anyone wanting to write a novel, of any genre. It even has a chapter of grammar review!
Alexandria
Mar 17, 2016 Alexandria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I thought about being a prose fiction author a long time ago but I became more comfortable with script-writing. The "he said, she said" thing turned me off. Since I've read this book, I'm inspired to write prose again.
Cherish
Mar 30, 2011 Cherish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a great read for getting that first novel finally started. It gives great tips on all genres of fiction writing, everything from the outline to editing. Great tool that I will refer to often.
Johanna
Oct 15, 2013 Johanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book on what all you need to think about to get started on your first novel. It breaks it down into sections and gives lots of examples from other books.
Danielle Christopher
This is the best book for beginning writers! She breaks it down to make me feel that I can attain the goals!
Obaada Elhomsy
A good book that worth reading. Allot of useful writing tips in there especially for story telling and novels
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It was a really helpful book.
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Hallie Ephron (http://hallieephron.com) is the author of suspense novels. Her last three have all been Mary Higgins Clark Award finalists.


Her newest, There Was an Old Woman is set in the Bronx. In it, a young woman and a very old woman connect across generations in spite of, or perhaps because, they are not related. Tess Gerritsen on TWAOL: “Superb suspense and unforgettable characters!” Washingt

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