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Novel Shortcuts by Laura Whitcomb
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Dec 30, 2011

really liked it
Read in December, 2011

I liked this book the most out of all the books I took out from the library on the subject. One star off because the author refers to herself and her own novel a bit too much. In my estimation, the perfect book on writing is more like Writing Down the Bones, where it is unconscious of itself and concentrates on the writing.

My favorite parts where the little challenges or exercises that proposed solutions to writers' problems. One suggested to write your book's jacket blurb before you write the actual book. Constructing that 150 word paragraph can help you decide what you think the novel is going to be about and what you think people will like about it.

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