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Writing a Novel: Bring Your Ideas To Life The Faber Academy Way

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A novel is a relationship, a place outside of time where both reader and writer are challenged and validated, stretched and rewarded.

Richard Skinner believes it is your duty as a novelist to bring your whole self to the page; to find your story, not force it; to meet your reader in a spirit of openness.

In Writing a Novel he offers up frameworks, strategies and stimuli to h
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 2nd 2018 by Faber Faber
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Rebecca Bowyer
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Writing a Novel is the distillation of nearly ten years of Richard Skinner’s experience of teaching the Faber Academy program of the same name. It answers questions from ‘Where will I get my ideas from?’ through to ‘Should I write in first or third point of view?’.

Drawing on advice given by every writer from Aristotle to Bob Dylan – plus all the novelists in between – Skinner provides a clear framework in which you can start to weave your words.

If haven’t actually started writing your first nove
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Rachel Holmes
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing
I loved this author's practical and sensitive advice. A real potted guide to the process, and a really entertaining read. ...more
Kelvin Bras
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Another one of those self help books that doesnt really offer anything in the ways of new insight. Nicely written though.
Steve Bishop
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring
Mark Lowes
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As helpful as it is engaging.

Loved it. Richard gives interesting examples throughout, and attempts to cover most aspects of novel writing.

This will help tremendously.
Mill
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Note to self: the chapter on foreshadowing, surprise, and suspense is particularly helpful.
Martha Ginny
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Invigorating and encouraging in equal measure! My copy is now battered with notes but I feel a lot better equipped going forwards.
Azrael_Vance
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good and in depth, providing advice that is generally applicable to all genres yet surprisingly useful and not at all vague at the same time.
He gave examples of real life works which really helped me to see some things that he was trying to illustrate.
Layla
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Useful little literary gem. Briefly touches on most of the areas you will need to consider while writing, such as viewpoints, plotting, characterization. Introduces examples from a range of genres and features thought provoking author quotes. A pleasant read for anyone interested in becoming a better writer. This is not 'Writing for Dummies' as it assumes some intellectual background on the part of the reader. ...more
Amanda Jones
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
My favourite thing about his book is the quotes from other writers, which are insightful and inspiring. For better or for worse my review will compare this book to others!

For the absolute beginner I find this book a little heavy, technical and depressing. If you are just getting started, go for Monkeys With Typewriters by Scarlett Thomas. That'll make you feel you can do it and get you started,though chances are it'll be a while and a lot more advice and editing before you finally do! If you've
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Rebecca Dewinter
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I am using it to feed my own writing, of course, like many other people who have read this book before me. I'll be keeping it in my library. ...more
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Best book on writing i read so far. Offers a new way to address fiction writing undertaking, intuitive and refreshing.
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