Write a Novel

Posted on November 14, 2014. Filed under: Nonfiction | Tags: , , |

Always wanted to write a novel? Are you participating in National Novel Writing Month and are looking for help in the process? Here are some books that can provide guidance and help you achieve the dream of writing a novel.

book cover for No Plot? No Problem!No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days
by Chris Baty

“Chris Baty, founder of the wildly successful literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month, has completely revised and expanded his definitive handbook for extreme noveling. Chris pulls from over 15 years of results-oriented writing experience to pack this compendium with new tips and tricks, ranging from week-by-week quick reference guides to encouraging advice from authors, and much more. His motivating mix of fearless optimism and practical solutions to common excuses gives both first-time novelists and results-oriented writers the kick-start they need to embark on an exhilarating creative adventure” (Enriched content provided by Syndetics).

box cover for The Writer's ToolboxThe Writer’s Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises for Inspiring the “Write” Side of Your Brain
by Jamie Cat Callan

“Designed by a longtime creative writing teacher, this innovative kit includes a 64-page booklet filled with exercises and instructions that focus on a “right-brain” approach to writing. Sixty exercise sticks—First Sentences, Non Sequiturs, and Last Straws—will get stories off the ground, 60 cards fuel creative descriptions, and four spinner palettes will ignite unexpected plot twists. For any aspiring writer, this kit is the perfect first step on the path to literary greatness!” (Enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Is Life Like This?Is Life Like This?: A Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months
by John Dufresne

“John Dufresne’s smart, practical, hard-nosed guide is for the person who has always wanted to write a novel but has been daunted by the sometimes chaotic, always challenging writing process. A patient teacher and an experienced writer, Dufresne focuses his expertise and good humor on helping aspiring novelists take their first tentative steps” (Enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Book in a MonthBook in a Month: The Foolproof System for Writing a Novel in 30 Days
by Victoria Lynn Schmidt

“What Can You Accomplish in 30 Days? If you make time to write and put away all of your excuses, could you stay on track and finish your novel in only a month? With a structured plan and a focused goal, yes, you can!

Using a combination of flexible weekly schedules, focused instruction, and detailed worksheets, author Victoria Schmidt leads you through a proven 30-day novel-writing system without the intimidation factor” (Enriched content provided by Syndetics).

Writing: A Practice Guide to Planning, Starting and Finishing a Novel
by David Hewson

“You are a writer and you have a killer book idea. When your project starts to take off you will find yourself managing a writhing tangle of ideas, possibilities and potential potholes. How do you turn your inspiration into a finished novel?… [This book] offers practical insight into the processes that go into writing a novel, from planning to story development, research to revision and, finally, delivery in a form which will catch the eye of an agent or publisher.

David Hewson, a highly productive and successful writer of popular fiction with more than sixteen novels in print in twenty or so languages, shows how to manage the day to day process of writing. Writers will learn how to get the best out of software and novel writing packages such as Scrivener, which help you view your novel not as one piece of text, but as individual linked scenes, each with their own statistics, notes and place within the novel structure.

As you write, you will need to assemble the main building blocks to underpin your artistry: story structure; genre—and how that affects what you write; point of view; past, present or future tense; software for keeping a book journal to manage your ideas, research and outlining; organization and more. The advice contained in this book could mean the difference between finishing your novel, and a never-ending work in progress” (Enriched content provided by Syndetics).

Writing a Novel and Getting Published for Dummies
by George Green

“If you’ve always wanted to write that great novel, but never knew where to start, look no further! With a published author advising you on how to write well and a literary agent providing insight into getting a publishing deal, this updated guide gives you the inside track on the art and science of breaking into the fiction-publishing industry. Taking you step by step from concept to contract, this book provides the tools you need to tell your story with skill and approach agents and publishers with confidence” (Enriched content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Gretchen Schneider

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