So You Want to Write a Novel
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So You Want to Write a Novel

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You know there is a novel locked inside of you—chock-full of conflict, humor, irony, enthralling events and fascinating characters. What you don't know is how to set it free.

Practical Advice, Hands-On Help

Respected author and professional writing instructor Lou Willett Stanek's New York workshops have enabled scores of aspiring novelists to realize their dreams of completi...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Avon (first published 1994)
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Matt
Well it's a rather eclectic collection of topics. It mostly gives writing prompts (good ones), consistently asks you to put your character into different situations, and always is asknig you "What if..." type of questions.

Chapter list:
Thinking like a writer
The Notebook
The Schedule
Where to work, What to wear, etc
Finding a sul mate
Getting over the hurdles
Your Character
Finding your Characters story
Structuring your story
Plot
Biting the bullet- writing your novel
Extra exercises

I breezed through this...more
Amanda Surowitz
It's as good a place to start as any when reading about writing, but it's not my favorite. Some of the prompts and questions are good if you're looking for inspiration, but the content is directed toward writing realistic fiction. I consider it more food for thought than a guide to writing.
Kristin


A little too casual and long winded, but a lot of good inspiration an advice for the starting process. A bit redundant and rushed at the end-one page on how to get published after 180 on writing.
Erik Ʌngle
Didn't finish. Ms. Stanek's instruction isn't for me.
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