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How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark
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Mar 26, 2012

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Read from April 02 to 08, 2012

I think this book is a must-read for many authors going the non-traditional route. Most of this stuff, I already knew not to do--either based on reading or my own research, or based on just plain common sense. But other stuff required a little thought, and I was able to add to my mental rolodex of stuff to avoid doing when I write. So even though the book doesn't pinpoint anything I've done yet, there were a few ideas in there that I appreciate having the opportunity to think about so that I can avoid doing them in the future.

And if nothing else, the book is entertaining. It includes many passages written to exemplify writing no-nos, and some of them are laugh-out-loud funny.

I took away a couple stars because many of the examples seemed repetitive.
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14.0% "This is entertaining!"
56.0% "Still entertaining. Sadly, some of the no-nos bring to mind certain books I've read (and did not like)."
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