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The Craft Of Novel Writing: A Practical Guide (Allison & Busby Writer's Guides)

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A revised, updated edition of this guide designed to help anyone master the techniques of writing a novel. The author has written 12 novels, short stories and was a lecturer and tutor in creative writing from 1952 to 1997.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 28th 1981 by Allison & Busby (first published January 1st 1978)
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Sue
May 06, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it
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A short but clearly written volume giving some essential suggestions and guidelines for writers who want to embark on a novel. Nothing stood out as new to me, but there were plenty of useful reminders. The whole is written in a friendly tone, and while the advice about typewriters is obviously out-of-date in the 21st century, the majority of the advice still holds, thirty-five years after publication.

Recommended to anyone considering novel-writing, as a great introduction that covers just about
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Elina
Sep 01, 2015 Elina rated it liked it
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I read the late 1980's edition in Finnish. This is one of the books that tell people what to do, but not how to do it. It also offers some rather rigid rules, that in truth don't apply to every writer and situation. There are a few good points however.

Not my favorite writing guide, but I guess it's ok.
Vaarna
Oct 04, 2015 Vaarna rated it really liked it
This book gives a very clear view on writing. Dianne Doubtfire doesn't stray from her subject, but keeps to the essentials and offers plenty of useful advice. I took plenty of notes while reading, which is generally a sign for me that the book has a lot to say, and this is coming from someone who's read a lot of writing manuals. The structure of the book works excellently in its simplicity.

It's odd to see that a book close to 30 years in age can still be this useful. Of course many things in pub
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Alice  Colours
Jun 04, 2014 Alice Colours rated it liked it
هو كتاب قصير , غير عميق ودون اسهاب, فقط يحوي الارشادات الرئيسية لكتابة الرواية, وهو مكتوب بأسلوب عملي ومباشر, وهو ثري بملاحظات مهمة وقيمة, والكاتبة لها خبرة ومخزون معرفي كبير في مجال كتابة الرواية. لا يقرأ هذا الكتاب من يرغب بمعرفة كيف تكتب الرواية وإنما من يرغب بمعرفة كيف تقرأ الرواية أيضاً, حيث أن الكتاب يساعد على تحليل الرواية والنظر للروايات بشكل مختلف وتقييمها على أساس واضح. أ

تستطيع بالطبع عندما تقرأ رواية ما أن تقرر إذا كانت جيدة أم لا, ولكنك لن تستطيع وضع يدك على ما يجعلها كذلك بالتحديد,
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Louise Wilkes
Oct 09, 2014 Louise Wilkes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Straight to the point, easily understood yet detailed. Really smart and just what I needed.
Donna Henderson
Jan 14, 2013 Donna Henderson rated it it was amazing
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I have read many books on novel writing and this for me is one of the best. It covers all of the essentials in a simple fashion; whereas most modern books over complicate them leaving you not knowing where to begin. I highly recommend this book for any new beginner.
Austin James
Mar 14, 2011 Austin James rated it really liked it
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If you are a new author, looking for a book to teach you something about writing a Novel, then this book is worth checking out... some of the information about publishing is outdated (but that's a small part of the book)... I thought the rest was good advice.
Fateme
Sep 02, 2010 Fateme rated it really liked it
البته فارسيش رو خوندم : "فن رمان نويسي"
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This year. Same isbn, different cover
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