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The Complete Idiot's Guide To Writing A Novel (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

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A completely updated guide for first-time novelists.

Completely revised to include new interviews with best-selling authors; more detailed information on writing genre fiction from paranormal romance to cozy mysteries; and everything a writer needs to know about self-publishing and eBooks to get started. The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Writing a Novel, Second Edition, i
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Alpha Books (first published March 2nd 2004)
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Jennifer
I found this book to be a great source tools and advice for a person who would like to attempt to write his or her first novel. The author has the perfect credentials, from his formal education to his early years submitting short stories to science fiction magazines. He has read slush as well as edited seven SF anthologies.

His guidance on writing assumes from the outset that you have basic writing ability and talent. Chapters range from advice on how to manage your time and use proper grammer to
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Liza
By the time you read this book, unless you read it the day after I finished reading the book, you'll find it will have become a two star read.

Let me explain, some of the information here is extremely helpful, but midway I knew the book was in need of a new edition as even some of the technology references Monteleone made were outdated.

There were other industry tips he gave, which I have found are no longer helpful in this day and age such as...going to New York to visit agencies to get to know
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Eilidh Dunsmore
Apr 02, 2015 Eilidh Dunsmore rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those wanting to learn more about novels and their various how-to's
Recommended to Eilidh by: Wandered accidently in front of it at the library
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing a Novel (a second edition) by Tom Monteleone is not only extremely informative but easy to read. Throughout the whole book, you end up encountering a healthy amount of the narcissistic banter as well as the kind of dry humor only ever acquired through experience that the multiple editors failed to bleach out of the final product. At times I would look questioningly at a sentence and be like editors let you put that in there? To say the least, this book has ...more
Becky
A solid reference guide for the beginning writer. Monteleone gives advice similar to Stephen King's On Writing, but actually covers a bit more of the nuts and bolts. He briefly touches on everything from story ideas and grammar to rewrites, literary agents, and marketing your novel. He also supplies the names of books, magazines, and websites that are useful tools. King is better able to tap us into the story development part of writing by referencing his more familiar works, but again, Monteleo ...more
Michael
The Idiot's Guide books and the Dummies series typically give you the basic information and sometimes all the information you need on a particular subject. They typically go into much more detail than you would expect if you haven't read one.

I bought this mainly for the information on publishing since I know (knew) nothing about the book publishing business. I see that it's similar to the music and film industry. They're the same give or take a few details. The great thing about a book though i
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W.C.
The author opens with the humblest of statements, as follows:

"Three things I know are true: (1) millions of people dream about writing a novel; (2) there are a lot of books out there purporting to teach you how to do it; and (3) this is the best one."

He might be right. This is the only book about writing a novel, specifically, that wasn't downright awful. And not being half bad in a sea of awful starts to look pretty good. I had fun with this and actually have finished a novel or two, at least p
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Kat
Okay, so it lives up to its name--it is written for people with little background in writing. I read it just to see what he had to say. I did find the parts about the publishing world and how to get things published interesting since I had almost no background knowledge on the subject.
Nicole
One of the first books on writing that I read and one I hated with a passion. The author was incredibly condescending, so much that I finished the book with a bad taste in my mouth and completely unmotivated to write.
Caitlin
Very well written, accessible, and somewhat helpful. I was hoping for greater inspiring insights, like how to structure your writing process, or how to construct a concordance, but what I got was enough to get started.
Rhonda Rae Baker
This was easier to read than the Dummie counterpart but just as important. A very interesting view and informative as well as inspirational narrative. I will keep this handy for reference in my library!
AlixJamie
As the author says, this book is the best on novel-writing. I have found many helpful tips in it and haven't regretted my purchase.
K.A. Stevens
Great book!! Great info and pointers!! Helped jump start me a few times.....
K.A.Stevens, author of "When Innocence Dies"
Adrienna
Even this book tells us to review other author's work that writes in our genre(s).
Barbara
Some what interesting, but I think I will read books instead of writing them.
Theresa Guyot
This book presents lots of information in a easy-to-read format.
Jack
helpful structure. should have read this before i started
Lana
Wonderful book for true beginners. Some great advice.
Hope Struck
i have a story in me. i just don't know what it is yet.
Clay
Very informative book. Loved it!
Melissa
This was a fun and informative read.
Megan
With several (skimmed some)
Rachel
If the shoe fits...
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