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278 pages, Paperback
First published January 14, 2011
Finally, a guide that makes it clear how to lay out a novel and how to plan without having a brain aneurysm (I'm actually going to be a planner and it isn't scary anymore!). I don't know how he has made the process seem so straight-forward, but he has. Don't get me wrong, I've got many weeks ahead of me in re-structuring my manuscript (MS), but now I look forward to it! He's cut down my stress significantly and narrowed the time it would have taken me to fix up my MS.
Larry drills in his "6 Core Competencies", which are concept, character, theme, story structure, writing voice, and scene execution. Yep, he drilled it in so well that I remembered all six right then. He doesn't patronise you, but drills in the concepts in the same way a coach would for an athlete training for the Olympics. His writing is very symbolic, allowing readers to fully understand (visualise) everything.
If you want to publish your manuscript, buy this book or else you won't have a chance. A "must" resource for novelists and screenwriters.