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The Complete Idiot's Guide To Writing A Novel

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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® to Writing a Novel, Second Edition, is an
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Alpha Books (first published March 2nd 2004)
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Liza
Jul 27, 2012 Liza rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-writing
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but midway I knew the book was in need of a new edition as even some of the technology references Monteleone made were outdated.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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Jennifer
Apr 14, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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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John A.
Sep 23, 2015 John A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Idiot Proof: Surely the Best Book on Writing Out There, March 15, 2011

I finished reading Stephen King's On Writing and thought there could definitely be a better book about writing available for the struggling youngster trying to master the craft. King's own was an autobiography and a frank dismissal of anything except his own and other horror as "bull." He also did a very dangerous thing when he dismissed other writing books as trash. But King’s book was more about his struggle with alcoholism
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Eilidh Dunsmore
Apr 02, 2015 Eilidh Dunsmore rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Michael
Nov 01, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: how-to, writing, 2009
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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Becky
Jun 09, 2009 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
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
W.C.
Aug 19, 2007 W.C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Renee
Oct 31, 2015 Renee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
I'm devouring all the writing tip books that I can get my hands on. I mostly skimmed this one. It covers the general topics well, but is a few years out of date now. The writing tips are all still valid, but the publishing and marketing side is outdated. Worth a read if you pick it up for free from you local library like I did, but I wouldn't pay full price for it.
Nicole
May 26, 2014 Nicole rated it did not like it
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.
Kat
Dec 13, 2009 Kat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rhonda Rae Baker
Nov 28, 2010 Rhonda Rae Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
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!
Caitlin
May 02, 2011 Caitlin rated it really liked it
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.
K.A. Stevens
Jul 16, 2012 K.A. Stevens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!! Great info and pointers!! Helped jump start me a few times.....
K.A.Stevens, author of "When Innocence Dies"
AlixJamie
Jun 12, 2010 AlixJamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Some what interesting, but I think I will read books instead of writing them.
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