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How to Fix Your Novel

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Have you started a novel, only to get part way into the manuscript and find yourself stuck? Or do you have an idea for a novel, but aren't sure where to begin? Have you completed a first draft, but feel it doesn't quite have the luster of professional writing?

In this lively and fun-to-read guide, Steve Alcorn shows you the remedies you need to achieve success. Step by ste
Paperback, 254 pages
Published March 4th 2012
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Rebecca Porter
First a disclaimer. I have taken two courses with Steve Alcorn, and therefore already subscribe to his theories, but as I get going on my next novel, I wanted to reread this book to make sure I have hit all the sweetspots.

And that is exactly what this book does. Step by step, thought process by thought process, How to fix your novel will take you by the hand and guide your imagination. If you're anything like me, you have too many ideas. How am I ever going to wrestle this thing into a book. Al
The best self-help novel-writing book I've ever read, in fact, the best novel-writing aid of any format I've ever seen. The author writes in a very fun, lively way, keeping it from feeling like a boring self-help book and making it feel more like you're in an interesting conversation with him, where he's answering every question you've ever had about writing. The book doesn't read like a novel, which means you can flip to any section or lesson you need to. The lessons you will learn (And that I' ...more
Jul 08, 2013 Kelli rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: writers
Shelves: writing-guides
The title of this book (How to Fix Your Novel) suggests that it is a book to be used during the editing of a novel, and it is, but I really wish that I had found this book BEFORE I started writing. The book is stuffed full of great information and writing how-to tips, as well as things to avoid. The author presents the information in a very relatable, down-to-earth way that is easy to digest. He utilizes the perfect mixture of instruction and exercise.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who w
Kelly Hull
I've taken five writing courses with the author and I wish I had the book before I started the classes. I didn't order the book until after I completed the courses and I refer back to it almost on a daily basis. A lot of people think that it's too hard to write a novel, but Steve Alcorn really breaks it down into easy to understand chapters and sections. I've learned more from Alcorn through the courses and the book than I probably learned my entire four years of high school.There is nothing I d ...more
Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya

I absolutely loved this book. Will re-read it, for an audible listen is not the best way for me to pay attention to the details.
Ella J.  Smyth
It's taking me a long time to read this book, not because it's unreadable but because I am putting each point into action as I go along. Steve has managed to break down the act of plotting and writing a novel into logical, easy to follow steps. I'm finding it hard to grasp the concept of scene and sequel, but I think that's more my shortcoming then Steve's.

All in all, I would recommend this book to anybody thinking about writing a novel. Preferably before you even begin to plot!
No entiendo cómo un TOC como yo no había caído nunca en que el proceso de creación de una novela podía estructurarse en bloques y pasos que van conformando tu gloriosa obra final con el fin de que te forres cuando hagan la peli, pero ha venido este señor con el libro bajo el brazo y he aprendido que, si quiero, puedo. Es todo muy intuitivo tal y como lo explica, y me permite organizarlo todo en un esquema que yo vaya desarrollando para evitar mi ansiedad; lo único que me impedirá empezar esta no ...more
Keith McCormick
Ignore the horrendous title which does not do the book justice. By far, one of the most helpful books on writing novels I've ever read. Densely packed with useful, actionable advice. As others have noted, most valuable while planning your novel.
Oh my gosh this is one of THE best how to books on writing I’ve read so far. I've learned so much and was able to apply about seventy-five percent of these techniques to my own writing. I'll reread it again so this book is embedded into my head. Sooo impressed! What a fantastic job Alcorn did at explaining clearly without using fancy words or terms. It’s simple and yet effective writing and a writer of any level can gain so much from this book. Highly recommend!!
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Steve Alcorn is the author of a wide range of fiction and nonfiction works. His novels include the mystery A Matter of Justice, the historical novel Everything In Its Path, and the romance Ring of Diamonds (under the pseudonym Sharon Stevens). His best-selling history of the Imagineers who built Epcot, Building a Better Mouse, was co-written with author David Green.

During the past decade Steve ha
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