Paperback, 132 pages
Published by Quality of Course
Edition Language: English
This book is divided up into fifteen chapters following a brief introduction by the author.
The divisions are as follows: Chapter One: Getting Started, Chapter Two: Introduction to the Novel, Chapter Three: The Search for Ideas, Chapter Four: Research, Chapter Five: Plots and Outlines, Chapter Six: Characterization, Chapter Seven: Dialogue, Chapter Eight: Beginning Your Novel, Chapter Nine: The Middle, Chapter Ten: The Ending, Chapter Eleven: Preparing Your Manuscript, Chapter Twelve: Finding a Publisher, Chapter Thirteen: The Book Proposal, Chapter Fourteen: Sales, Contracts, and Rights, Chapter Fifteen: A Parting Word.
As you can see the full creation of a novel is touched on throughout this book.
In Chapter One, your writing environment, your writing day, and finding where you belong are discussed at length.
In Chapter Two, the short story vs. the novel, should you write a novel, are you filled with imagination, are you insightful, do you have the ability to express a character’s nature, can you make your readers care about your characters, can you tell a good story, are you able to create a plot, do you have the ability to create mood and to write a solid description, are you able to write dialogue, do you have the ability to organize, are you able to give a sense of drama to your reader, and other questions are addressed and discussed in this chapter.
Chapter Three tackles the search for ideas issue, covering title appeal, looking at the competition, storylines and cover blurbs, why style and level of readership is important. You’ll read about putting fact into fiction. The danger of using other people’s ideas is discussed along with how to work your idea into a novel. This section will help you to determine the timeliness of your idea and whether it’s a good one for a targeting readership.
Chapter Four is all about research, its importance, its value and its necessity. Sources, timetables and how to find research material is discussed. You’ll learn how to organize your research material and how to evaluate your research material for accuracy, authenticity, credibility, and plausibility.
Chapter Five goes into plots and outlines by beginning the discussion with theme vs. plot. Viewpoint is focused on exploring point of view, the types, writing from one or many at a time, and which is easier. Setting is discussed at length as well as how to plan your novel. You’ll be introduced to outlining one chapter at a time.
Chapter Six covers characterization, fleshing out honest, true and believable characters. This chapter will breakdown character profiling, provide interview questions, forty of them, and by the time this is done, your character will be taking on a life of their own.
Chapter Seven is about dialogue and its use.
Chapter Eight shows you how to begin your novel. You’ll learn to create a storyline using six key points. You’ll learn about the importance of the opening chapter, and be given seven steps to use to create a strong beginning. You’ll be introduced to what adding complications to your story means to your reader, and how to create action and drama and when to start using it.
Chapter Nine discusses the middle of your novel, the spot that is often the most difficult to write. You’ll be given sixteen questions to answer while re-reading your outline. Foreshadowing is discussed in this chapter and how to make it effective in your writing. False plants, flashbacks are discussed and some alternatives are provided to avoid using them. In this chapter, you’ll read about transitions and their importance to the flow of your story.
Chapter Ten focuses on the ending of your story. You’ll learn what makes a good ending and what makes a bad one. Resolutions will be touched on and will include: sad, tragic, regret, disappointment, grief and shock.
Chapter Eleven is all about preparing your manuscript starting with writing that first draft. Discussions on editing your own work, the book as a whole, including: its organization, execution, content and style, and chapter by chapter will be included in this section. Then, you will read about writing the final draft.
Chapter Twelve. In this chapter, you’ll read about finding the right publisher, which market is for you and the factors you should consider when selecting one.
Chapter Thirteen covers the book proposal and other submission details.
Chapter Fourteen is about sales, contracts and rights. You’ll read a bit about editing and working with an editor. Copy Editing, galleys, who handles sales, the use of direct mail and getting on the bestseller list are found here. Contract formats, wording, types, etc. are touched on. Five key issues are provided to keep in mind when discussing contracts, along with discussions about rights and copyright. There’s even a bit about advances and royalties–everything to know about contracts and what you should look for or expect.
Chapter Fifteen is the author’s parting words, read them, they’re insightful and intuitive.
I love this book and it’s a perfect resource tool for any writer.
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