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Finish Your Book in Three Drafts: How to Write a Book, Revise a Book, and Complete a Book While You Still Love It

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How do you write a book? Stuart Horwitz helps you do it in three drafts. Three drafts: that's all you need.

- The messy draft: which is all about getting it down.

- The method draft: which is all about making sense.

- The polished draft: which is all about making it good.

Finish Your Book in Three Drafts is for outliners who meticulously script every writing session and pantse
Paperback, 140 pages
Published June 13th 2016 by Book Architecture
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Álvaro Arbonés
Cuando un libro tiene una función meramente utilitarista no cabe nada más que pedirle hacer bien su trabajo. Y Finish Your Book in Three Drafts lo hace. Sin medias tintas, sin intentar vendernos (mucho) ni el método ni otros libros del autor, da exactamente lo que propone: un modo de acabar tu libro en sólo tres borradores. Nada más. Ni circunvalaciones ni tonterías. Sólo puro método explicado de la forma más eficiente, y también de la más ineficiente en forma de estúpidos vídeos de Youtube ...more
Elisabeth Kauffman
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm not gonna lie, when Stuart Horwitz approached me with a request to participate in the editing of his newest book, I may have squealed with unadulterated glee like the little fan-girl I am. I have been through this book a few times now and each time I find a new nugget of wisdom that I want to diligently squirrel away to reference during future projects. I already reference Book Architecture all the time in my work as a freelance editor. Now I'll be adding Finish Your Book in Three Drafts: Ho ...more
Jane Gerhard
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Horwitz is a wonderful guide on the journey to the final draft. This manual is gives writers an action plan that is broken into manageable steps and which moves the process forward. It works if you work it. Truly. Plus Horwitz is funny and there is humor and irony and a bit of wisdom on every page. Seriously. This works.
Stan Skrabut
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Earlier I had picked up Stuart Horowitz’s book, Book Architecture . I found it quite informative. I found his discussion about the series in books to be just what I needed to push my book forward. I was at a standstill. Knowing that he had other books on the topic, I picked them up. This one is called Finish Your Book in Three Drafts: How to Write a Book, Revise a Book, and Complete a Book While You Still Love It . While it was not my favorite of the three books, I still found it informati ...more
Gwenyth Robicheaux
This was just what I needed (along with Book Architecture, by the same author) to get me unstuck and give me the tools to keep moving forward with my writing. I've always tried to do the rough draft, the method draft, and the polished draft simultaneously and have always ended up hopelessly blocked. I had no idea how to outline effectively and I was definitely doing it the hard way.

I am so happy to have found this book just when I decided to get serious about writing. I will warn you that Stuart
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I really wish the downloadable pdf's had just been part of the book.
Eric Beaty
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Stuart Horwitz has done it again! "Finish Your Book in Three Drafts" is a worthy sibling to its predecessors "Blueprint Your Bestseller" and "Book Architecture." In this book you'll find plenty of great ideas and insights to get you started on your book (the "messy" draft), refine what you're trying to say through your book (the "method" draft), and clarify your message (the "polished" draft).

I've now read all three of Mr. Horwitz's books (he was kind enough to send me an advanced reader's copy)
Shannon Lawrence
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is broken down into only seven easy-to-follow chapters. It splits the act of writing and revising into three drafts: the messy draft, the method draft, and the polished draft. It includes access to nine videos on the Book Architecture website, plus nine PDFs that go deeper into certain aspects of the book, allowing you to explore them further, if you so choose, without muddying up the premise of the physical book.

The messy draft of the book is the creative act. He recommends getting th
J. Rose
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Stuart Horwitz has broken down the process of editing into three basic phases. The best part of this book is its simplicity – easy to understand and put all the lessons you’ve learned into this method. As many of us have, I’ve studied countless writing books over the years, and no one presents the material like Stuart. He shares a fresh approach, which is quite freeing (I also love the first in this series: “Blueprint Your Bestseller,” which helped me understand how to revise my manuscript like ...more
W. Whalin
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Break the Patterns of your Writing Life

Many writers are stuck in a pattern of continual revision. Their work is always under revision and never “good enough” to get into the marketplace. As a long-term member of the publishing community, editor Stuart Horwitz has seen this challenge and written a creative and easy to use book.

Practical information is combined with stunning visuals to guide every writer through the path of producing an excellent manuscript. The three drafts are: Messy, Method an
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’m a big fan of Stuart Horwitz’s Book Architecture method, so I was pretty happy to receive a review copy of his latest book, Finish Your Book in Three Drafts. In this third book of the trilogy, Horwitz explains the rules for finishing a book through the process of writing what he calls the “messy” draft, the “method” draft and the “polished” draft. But first, he offers some sound advice: Know what draft you’re in. This might seem obvious, but for those of us who tend to pile revisions on top o ...more
Sharon Coleman
Another excellent book on writing

This is the second of Stuart Horowitz' books I've read.his first, "Blueprint your Bestseller " was an invaluable part of my own process in writing my first book, "Only What You Need, a memoir"
This is a continuation of his methodology, and I almost didn't write this review in lieu of getting right down to his other book which is waiting on my device.
The multimedia additions were fun. As an animator, I know the amount of work that went into those, so definitely wa
Lynn Sneyd
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, all you writers. This is a must-have for your writing library. I've written books and all of them have taken more than 3 drafts to complete. After reading Stuart Horwitz's book, however, I can see where I fumbled. I currently am ghostwriting a memoir and based on the suggestions in this fabulous book, I know that I can finish the manuscript in three drafts. As I writer, I find that incredibly exciting. Even if you're in the middle of writing a book or on your fifth, seventh or twentieth dr ...more
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Writers, I'm as sure as I've ever been that while we CAN finish a novel in three drafts, what matters is the quality of the final product, however many drafts that might take. At the same time, it's so easy for us to get stuck, to not finish our books. If that's what's going on in your writing life (or in that project that's stalled on your desk), "Finish Your Book" offers real help. What I appreciate about Stuart Horwitz's approach is that he is never formulaic. He offers a coherent, specific m ...more
Rachel Teferet
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This book was fantastic; I read it through once, then went back to circle, star, and underline all the important bits. Wonderful advice here on how to write your book in 3 drafts. Not only was it funny, but it comes with supplemental material, including outrageous stop-action movies and PDF's for those who want to delve further into the topic at hand. I will be reading the other two books in this series for sure!
Julie Duffy
Fabulous! Totally "unstuck" my writing. Fun, funny and based in the author's huge experience as a long-time developmental editor. Can't recommend this enough for anyone struggling to get through anything after the first "honeymoon phase" of trying to write a novel.
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