So You Want To Write A Novel, by Lou Willett Stanek, Ph.D., AUTHOR RESOURCE



You know there is a novel locked inside of you—chock-full of conflict, humor, irony, enthralling events and fascinating characters. What you don’t know is how to set it free.

Practical Advice, Hands-On Help

Respected author and professional writing instructor Lou Willett Stanek’s New York workshops have enabled scores of aspiring novelists to realize their dreams of completing credible and compelling manuscripts. Here, in a positive, “user-friendly” format, she offers not only encouragement and motivation, but Clear, Step-By-Step Instructions To Accomplish Your Goal—from original conception through final draft.

Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1994)
Original Title: So You Want Write a Novel
ISBN: 038077688X (ISBN13: 9780380776887)
Edition Language: English


This book is a valuable resource tool that I keep on my shelf. It discusses using a notebook to keep key information all contained in one spot that you, the writer, can refer to often and build as you go along. I found this particular useful and have several notebooks that I’ve put together over the years that I call my writing “bibles” which are kept handy at all times. This book also discusses the ‘act’ of writing and how keeping a schedule is very important, why choosing an ideal spot to write is necessary, while providing a lot of helpful tips to keep the momentum of writing going.

There is a brief section that discusses beta readers and why having support while writing is so important to the overall writing process. It also goes on about getting over hurdles such as writer’s block, interference and distractions.

Character development and other topics pertaining to character are also discussed with interesting perspectives and topics such as fleshing out your character, getting to know your character completely, and finding your character’s story.

Plot and its development is discussed at great lengths that lead to the writing of your novel. At the back of the book are extra exercises to help hone your craft.

This is a fantastic writing resource and I recommend it to any writer/author out there who wants to add it to their resource shelf.

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