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Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
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Jan 29, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in July, 2012

The basic concept of this book is that if you want to write a breakout novel, you have to write a good book. It doesn't have to have all the elements of a good book, but something about your novel has to stand out to the reader, whether it's intriguing characters, amazing plot, or both. He allows that some breakout novels aren't the most well-written, literary works, but he points to the stand out elements that makes them best sellers. The fact is, this book doesn't negate your style or literary ambitions, but serves as a reminder that you can be as high minded about literature as you like, but yours won't sell if it doesn't speak to your readers. I like that this isn't a how-to on copying other best sellers, but advocates embracing your own style, but figuring out what it is about breakout novels that readers like. Because in the end, you won't make it as a writer if people don't want to read your book.

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