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You Can Write a Novel by James V. Smith Jr.
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Jul 23, 07

bookshelves: writinganovel
Recommended for: wanna-be novelists and other writers who like systems/frameworks on which to build their plot
Read in July, 2004

This is a really good book for people like me who want a very precise system for writing. There are an abundance of charts(pacing over span of master story), checklists("You might be an amateur if..."), etc. from which to build an outline for your novel. I really enjoyed playing around with the scene cards until I got plotting software and that was the end of that (since you can do the same thing and make revisions more easily with the software). But that didn't negate the utility of the book in general. With plenty of cardinal rules and steps to work through, this book has been a really good starter whenever I'm stuck in a rut with writing. Brainfreeze? Why not make a book "prototype" as a visual motivator for yourself. He provides templates for hashing out major and minor characters and for outlining all your scenes (master, major and minor). You don't have to go through this step-by-step like it was some sort of technical manual for operating a machine but the point is, if you need help building the framework for your novel, then you can and that makes all the difference.
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Roy What plotting software did you get and were/are happy with?

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