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102 Ways to Write a Novel: Indispensable Advice for the Writer of Fiction

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'For God's sake, keep your eyes open. Notice what's going on around you.'

William S. Burroughs

This step-by-step guide to the art -- and the craft -- of writing fiction is a refreshing blend of the practical (how to find an agent), with the more cerebral (how to handle point of view; the importance of rhythm).
Throughout, Quick uses the hard-won experiences of his fellow nove
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Old Street Publishing
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Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up because it quoted William S. Burroughs on the back cover. There's no startlingly new information about ways to write a novel within its covers, but that's not what matters. What makes this book so great is the organization of each section and the clever writing that makes you want to keep turning pages even though you are essentially reading an instruction manual on writing techniques. Spectacular for brainstorming and flipping through when inspiration seems to evade. I highly r ...more
Kátia Cristina
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Now I just have to start writing!!! Great tips!!
Val Robson
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Some useful tips. More of a book to refer back to when you are actually writing a novel or very close to embarking on one. The ccapters are short and snappy but I did find a lot of references to books I'd never heard of to illustrate points. This being pointless unless the reader is familiar with the book referenced. Even then it's pointless unless you have the book to revisit and remind yourself of the point being made. ...more
Robert Day
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing, knowledge
This book is so excellent that it inspired me to write my first story since school and that's a whole lot of literary constipation! Alex Quick (or should I say Gary Dexter?) deserves to be rich and famous beyond all measure; unless of course he doesn't want to be.

The book does not really give '102 Ways to Write a Novel' but it does give 102 wonderful pieces of advice on the various aspects of how to write a novel, all of which are useful and actionable and.. I wonder if I'm really a psychopath w
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great little book! Well divided in sections, easy to navigate, short sections that give the basics for quick reference.
I would call it more "102 things to consider while writing your novel" - the book doesn't give 102 prompts or ideas to get you writing, but rather explore the whole writing process, from idea to publishing, in 102 small sections. It's short and basic, but great as a reference - you can always dig deeper into any of these things as needed.

Highly recommend!!
Mark Papa
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
It`s not that the book contains any startlingly different information from the vast majority of writing manuals - indeed, the author seems to have heavily relied on Writing a Novel by Nigel Watts - but the whole thing is put together in such a snappy and (I thought) inspiring way as to make it an ideal reference guide for aspiring authors. ...more
Stefan Grieve
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Interesting, entertaining and well structured (along with having great tips on how to write, of course) this is a great introductory book on how to write as well as giving you a few extra intermediary tips. It's genuinely funny sometimes to, which is a great bonus helps with the overall digestion of the information. ...more
Charlotte Latham
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Read as preparation for NaNoWriMo. Quite interesting and entertaining and some good hints spun out a little thinly.
Joe Mellanby
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Really easy to read and easy to find what you are looking for. It's a nice book for anyone planning to write a novel. It offers very easy-to-digest facts and tips. A solid book. ...more
Samantha Stein
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Practical and inspiring
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is like the bible for novelists.

I borrowed this from the library a couple of months ago for inspiration and to help motivate me to work on my own. I can say that it has helped me do that so now I have lost count the amount of times I have reborrowed this book.

It's a handy book to have around for the fact that when you need an answer about writing a novel you can find that specific topic so easily and quickly. This book is simple and yet so informative. What's also helpful is the amou
Alyce Hunt
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it
This novel definitely gives you an insight into the process of writing and publishing a novel, but there are a few too many grammatical errors in the text for me to really respect it as a fully fledged writing guide. I mean stating that 'The Color Purple' was written by Toni Morrison? Rookie mistake.
Also, the fact that this isn't '102 Ways to Write a Novel' as much as it is '102 Things to Think About While Writing Your Novel' means that it's definitely false advertising, which, funnily enough, i
Donna Henderson
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-read
An essential book for novelists! In just 102 sections, this book manages to address and answer all of the important elements that are needed to write a successful novel. The book is written with much brevity, something that most other books in this subject often fail to do. The 102 steps can be dipped into time and time again as you work through your novel. It is a great guide for ensuring that you are including everything that you need to in order to create that bestseller! Go buy!
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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An approach to writing a novel whose usefulness lies in its simplicity. It lays out the bare elements needed to start a novel and helpfully explains literary devices that I (embarrassingly) last studied in high school.
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Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
من الكتب الجميلة التي تساعد في الكتابة بشكل عام والرواية بشكل خاص. أسلوبه سلس وممتع.
Nick Michie
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very good tips on writing and how to get it done.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really is indispensable. This book has given me many ideas that will be very useful for writing my own novel.
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