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Writing the New Adult Novel is the first book of its kind – an instructional guide on writing “New Adult” novels. In 2012, over 14,000 titles were specified as “New Adult” on Goodreads – and that number only continues to grow. The popularity of NA novels continues to grow and writers must approach the elements of storytelling in a completely different mindset. Join Deborah ...more
Paperback, 281 pages
Published August 21st 2014 by Writer's Digest Books (first published July 24th 2014)
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Rose
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Initial reaction: When I actually have the chance to write a full review of this writing guide, It'll be a combination of a review and a soapbox because there's a lot of talking points I could use with what both Sylvia Day says in the foreword, and what Halverson discusses in the text. On the whole, this was a great writing guide and it FINALLY gives a concrete and easy to follow layout of what NA as a category (not a genre) is all about and give some fine points on writing technique and charact ...more
Amanda
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I have the urge to applaud Halverson for putting together this part guidebook part workbook on how to write New Adult. She covers everything between outlining your novel to the general mindset of a "new adult" to techniques for creating authentic voices and characters, to how to get your novel published. Many parts, such as conveying emotions and basic structure can be used for other categories and genres than just NA. It's brilliant advice for anyone, both published authors and aspirin
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Hannah Goodman
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Part workbook, textbook, and history book for anyone who wants to write or is writing NA fiction.

In Writing NA Fiction author Deborah Halverson portrays NA fiction as a bona fide genre not to be overlooked as “sexed up YA”. She also proves that NA is not simply an extension of YA, rather it has its own hallmarks separate from teen fiction.
Halverson lays the groundwork for understanding the genre by giving us a history lesson in the genesis of New Adult fiction. We learn that it has been aro
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Maggie Stough
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
I skimmed some chapters as it started to feel redundant after a while and a lot of it was basic character and plot building that I'd read about in other writing books. The chapters that were more focused on aspects of New Adult felt mostly like it was pushed for the category to be about heterosexual relationships with a lot of graphic sex in them. The author might have just been noting the trends of the category as it exists today. While the author continued to reiterate that NA can be anything ...more
Justin
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing
In my recent YA binge, I haven't come across many books with protagonists over age 18. Then I stumbled upon this book about the age group that should've been termed Young Adult, but instead is New Adult (which really why not go with Emerging Adult to use the developmental psych label?). Anyway, Writing New Adult Fiction intrigued me since I tend to write characters within this age range. Like YA, NA is more of a category rather than genre (since any genre can be NA; though I don't get why the ma ...more
Michelle
Nov 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book tells you to do basically everything I hate about new adult fiction. As a New Adult reader, I promise you any basic book on writing, a trip to tumblr.com, instagram, and your local place with young adults will give you waaaaaay more info. Go to a store staffed with 18-25s and listen to the employees talk to each other. Go to a high school play and listen to the kids whispering. I promise you, if you need this book to write about that 17-30 age group, you should just stop. I don't care ...more
Nick Goodsell
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great tool to use for anyone who wants to explore this rapidly growing reading level in fiction! It offers some great pointers on all the aspects it comes to creating your own book to write.

My favorite section has to be the plot development stage, as it is the biggest challenge I have when it comes to writing. The author gives some great, while broad, nudged towards finding your own ideas. I only wish they could’ve used more examples to maybe helps as a visual? I mean that throughout the whol
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Aiyana
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Sorry, I can't remember the dates I started the book. My short term memory sucks. It had a lot of great information where you could form the characters. I guess from remembering it, it was too wordy for me because I couldn't finish it in time. If I ever check it out again, I'll definitely remember the dates.

As a writer, this is definitely a book I would recommend. If you want to read it, you might have to be a bit patient with it.
Heather
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone needs to know how important this book is. To my knowledge it is the only or one of the very few to denote New Adult as a separate theme. This is weirdly the writing I have been writing for my entire life. My friend and I had a blog we were calling new adult because it was so new! it didn't even exist. we weren't even sure we wanted to actually keep calling it new adult even. But here it is, evidence it hand; New Adult is the next big thing.

LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Peter Greenwell
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
In most ways this is no different from x amount of other how to write guides, as 70% of this book covers ground found in nearly any other one you'll pick up. One thing I did like about this book is its attention to dialogue, and especially writing dialogue that's topical for the age group this book deals with - the 18-25s. It's the primary thing I took away from this guide.

Yvonne Day
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Informative.
Kasey
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really good, broad overview for those who want to write within this new genre
Marie Long
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Writing New Adult Fiction by Deborah Halverson

This is my first time reviewing a non-fiction book, but I felt I needed to give my thoughts on this book, especially with it being in a relevant genre that I generally review. I'd been reading this book the same time I was writing one, and I have to say, hands down, this is the best craft book I've ever read, especially for the New Adult genre. This isn't just your standard writing book. This focuses specifically on the New Adult genre (and subgenres), its intricate tropes and aspects that m
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Sarah Brubaker
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, writing
As far as books on writing go, I did not find this very helpful. First off, the formatting made it difficult to read; the text was small and cramped, so it was hard to absorb everything. I skimmed a lot, both because of the physical text and because it wasn’t as engaging as it could have been. I found myself just glancing through the subtitles to get the gist of things because I didn’t think the in-depth explanations added a lot.
It was clear from the beginning that “new adult” literature has a
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Countrygalssexyreads
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really had no clue what I was getting into with this read. I do however, at some point want to write my first novel.

This book pretty much lays everything down for starting this type if genre. Because of the , 50 Shades, and other reads there is so much more self publishing going on now days but sometimes you don't get accomplished with doing that.

The author explains writing NA fictions, what it all entails on a "funny learning level, my kind of learning. The age popular group for these reads
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Josie  Ann
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was asked to review this novel in exchange of my honest opinion by IndieSage and I loved this book. As a writer, I was thrilled when I was asked to review this novel because someday I hope to write a new adult novel, I absolutely love reading new adult novels, and this book gave me the inspiration to want to try my hand at new adult. Overall this novel was almost like a workbook for me, which I loved, but it was a little hard for me to get into at first. However, if you're a writer, and you wa ...more
Neale Sourna
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not really finished. Abandoned but will come back to it, if the subject requires it. LOTS of info for those truly interested in understanding and writing New Adult for emerging adults and not Young Adult for teens.

New Adult books that are billed as YA: Divergent, Hunger Games

Also 50 Shades of Grey series
Debbie Johansson
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a helpful guide for those interested in writing for new adults and also covers the craft of writing. It takes you into the mindset of the new adult, giving ideas on how to create characters who act their age, as well as possible storylines.
Allison
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lots of great info with regard to craft and business, geared toward new adult fiction, but applicable in many other areas.
Renee Bradshaw
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing
Loved. Tons of great specific information and tips. I would say this book would be helpful to any genre writer not just NA
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Deborah Halverson is the award-winning author of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies and the forthcoming Writing the New Adult Novel: How to Write & Sell New Adult Fiction, as well as the founder of the popular writers’ advice website DearEditor.com. Deborah edited young adult and children’s fiction with Harcourt Children’s Books before picking up a pen to write the teen novels Honk If You Hat ...more

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