Nail Your Novel
Why Writers Abandon Books And How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence
This book is used by award-winning authors and university creative writing departments.Are you writing a novel? Do you want to make sure you finish? Will you get lost and fizzle out? Will you spend more time reading about how to write than actually getting the words down?Most books on novel-writing will make you read hundreds of pages about character arcs, inciting incidents, heroes' journeys. It's great to know that - but while you're reading about it you're not writing your book.And what these books don't tell you is how to use this learning and get the job done.Nail Your Novel is a writing buddy - and mentor - in a book.In 10 easy steps it will tell you:*how to shape your big idea and make a novel out of it*how to do your research and how to use it*how to organise your time*how to plot and build characters*when you're going to hit problems and what to do about them*how to write on the days you don't feel inspired*how to reread what you've written and polish it.Along the way, Thumbnail Notes give tutorials about storytelling and storycraft - strictly when you need them. The author has written nearly a dozen novels that have made it into print - and this is how she did it.You don't even need to read the whole book before you get started. You read a section, then do as it says. And, once you're finally satisfied, Nail Your Novel will tell you how to sell it to publishers and agents.