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So You Want to Write a Novel

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  34 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
You know there is a novel locked inside of you—chock-full of conflict, humor, irony, enthralling events and fascinating characters. What you don't know is how to set it free.

Practical Advice, Hands-On Help

Respected author and professional writing instructor Lou Willett Stanek's New York workshops have enabled scores of aspiring novelists to realize their dreams of completi
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ebook, 208 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Avon (first published 1994)
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Hannah
May 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't very good. The material could have been helpful, but there was a ton of awful words and inappropriate things they said(in my mind) and so that's the reason for the low rating. I did get some good tips out of it though, but I would just never recommend it to anyone.
Matt
Oct 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well it's a rather eclectic collection of topics. It mostly gives writing prompts (good ones), consistently asks you to put your character into different situations, and always is asknig you "What if..." type of questions.

Chapter list:
Thinking like a writer
The Notebook
The Schedule
Where to work, What to wear, etc
Finding a sul mate
Getting over the hurdles
Your Character
Finding your Characters story
Structuring your story
Plot
Biting the bullet- writing your novel
Extra exercises

I breezed through this
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Jasmine
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Focused heavily on character-building & descriptive writing. The section on plot was about 10 pages long. Read this for the prompts – Stanek offers a ton of “what if” exercises.

Probably the most interesting are her anecdotes about other writers: “Nora Ephron’s mother, the writer Phoebe Ephron, always told her: no matter what happens, it’s a copy. Legend has it that on her deathbed, she told her daughter to take notes.” “Rumour has it that when Erica Jong ends a romance, she begins a novel.”
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Amanda Surowitz
It's as good a place to start as any when reading about writing, but it's not my favorite. Some of the prompts and questions are good if you're looking for inspiration, but the content is directed toward writing realistic fiction. I consider it more food for thought than a guide to writing.
Kristin
Aug 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A little too casual and long winded, but a lot of good inspiration an advice for the starting process. A bit redundant and rushed at the end-one page on how to get published after 180 on writing.
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