The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing
Writing With The Marshall Plan® Series
Book 1: The Marshall Plan® for Novel Writing
Book 2: Fiction Makeover
The book that demystified novel writing for a massive audience, The Marshall Plan® for Novel Writing, is the groundbreaking international bestseller that went on to become a classic and a staple on hundreds of thousands of writers’ reference shelves. The...more
The Marshall Plan® is a 16-step blueprint for getting your novel written quickly. These steps are broken down into five sections. The first tries to help with deciding what to write and which genre is best for you. Most writers already have an idea in mind when they buy this type of book, but just in case you don't, Marshall explains how to decide. Marshall breaks down the genres, and goes a step further by helpfully breaking each down into different sub-classifications. There are a surprising n ...more
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At times I felt like his suggestions were overly-simplistic. But, given a book this size, I felt like he did what he could in the space constraints. After all, this book is mainly for beginners, and so can't go into great depth on certain thi ...more
Yes, by all means, PURCHASE! Writers everywhere, novice to "80 novels under-your-belt" writers, will not find a more step-by-step forgetting nothing book of expertise anywhere. Mr. Marshall, my hat is off to you. Cove ...more
Overall, his 16-step program might be the one book you shouldn't miss.
The book offers a look under the carpet where editors and agents hang out; the view may not be what you expected. The concept of asking a publisher how many words th ...more
For myself, I took the gyst of what he said and implemented it into my writing. However, I did not make ...more
It may, however, produce some work-person-like, saleable genre fiction, if that's what you are after. And for a nuff-nuff like me who can somehow manage to get through two drafts of what is ess ...more
I highly recommend it!
Definitely a must-read for those beginner writers who have trouble finishing a draft because they lose momentum on their books (or lose track of their character's details/descriptions).
Like almost all books on writing, this is targetted at the unsusccesful beginner. Talking about your "market" turns some people off right at the start. Talking about word count and outlines lo ...more
I read that quote years ago, but it meant nothing to me. In my youth as a writer, I imagined writers just sat down with their pipes and wrote either great or bad novels. After a couple of miserable attempts to start and finish a novel, I remembered those words, so I went looking to understand them. Then I discovered the hero's journey, the W system and a lot of other methods for organi ...more
I teetered between giving this a 4 and a 5 as it isn't quite perfect but maybe it is as close as one gets. The tie-breaker was all the 1 and 2 ratings by pantsers and 'artists.' Look, that group isn't going to like anything that talks about how to apply craft to what is a craft. They want it to be art which is all about fuzzy feelings and self-impor ...more
This book will hold your hand literally every step of the way from your initial idea to completion. It will take an aspiring writer (with their desk drawer of fizzled out beginnings ...more
In this regard, "The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing" is invaluable in that it not only provides a ...more
I liked this one a lot! Like Evan Marshall stated himself: It's really hands-on! In 16 steps Marshall, a literary agent, takes you from choosing the correct writing genre up to the final goal: getting published. He gives a lot of tips as to how improve your writing (I particularly appreciated that part) and points out the dangers in writing, but also in approaching agen ...more
Evan Marshall is autho ...more