Recommended Reads - National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month, but of course you can start your novel anytime of the year. These books offer tips which may help guide you through the process.

Book in a Month: The Fool-Proof System for Writing a Novel in 30 Days

by Victoria Schmidt

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. Book in a Month shows you how to:

Set realistic goals and monitor your progress Manage your time so that your writing life has room to flourish Select a story topic that will continue to inspire you throughout the writing process Quickly outline your entire story so that you have a clear idea of how your plot and characters are going to develop before you start writing Draft each act of your story by focusing on specific turning points Keep track of the areas you want to revise without losing your momentum in the middle of your story Relax and have fun-you are, after all, doing something you love.

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Writing Your Novel from Start to Finish: A Guidebook for the Journey

by Joseph Bates

Starting a novel is exciting, but finishing it--that's the real challenge. The journey from beginning to end is rife with forks in the road and dead ends that lead many writers off course. With Writing Your Novel from Start to Finish: A Guidebook for the Journey, you'll navigate the intricacies of crafting a complex work of fiction and complete the journey with confidence and precision.

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Writing a Novel and Getting Published, For Dummies

by George Green

Learn to: Craft a winning manuscript Troubleshoot and edit your work Prepare your manuscript for publication Find a good agent to represent you Negotiate the best possible deal.

Turn your aspiration into reality with this completely updated guide.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing for Young Adults

by Deborah Perlberg

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing and Publishing for Young Adults is a comprehensive introduction to the ins and outs of writing fiction and nonfiction for a young adult audience. Information includes an overview of writing, from dialogue and point of view to plot, setting, and character construction; choosing an agent and publisher; and marketing your finished work.

Whether you're just starting out or working on your next best-seller, the writing exercises, anecdotes, and inside information in this book will walk you through the process of writing and publishing in the young adult genre, from concept to creation.

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Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock 'Em Dead with Style

by Hallie Ephron

With the help of interactive exercises, mystery author and crime fiction critic Hallie Ephron gives you the momentum you need to turn a kernel of an idea into an intriguing mystery novel. You'll learn to capitalize on your writing strengths and shore up your weaknesses.

This comprehensive guide covers every aspect of mystery writing, including:

planning, twisting the plot, and constructing a credible surprise ending creating a compelling sleuth and a worthy villain deceiving and revealing with red herrings and clues writing investigation, spine-tingling suspense, and dramatic action revising - from sharpening characters, to optimizing pace, to smithing words engaging the reader.

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On Writing Romance: How to Craft a Novel That Sells

by Leigh Michaels

In On Writing Romance, award-winning romance novelist Leigh Michaels talks you through each stage of the writing and publishing process. From the origins and evolution of the romance novel to establishing a vital story framework to writing that last line to seeking out appropriate publishers, everything you ever wanted to know about writing a romance novel is here.

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This Year You Write Your Novel

by Walter Mosley

Let the lawn get shaggy and the paint peel from the walls,” bestselling novelist Walter Mosley advises. In this invaluable book of tips, practical advice, and wisdom, Mosley promises that the writer-in-waiting can finish their novel in one year.

Intended as both inspiration and instruction, this book provides the tools to turn out a first draft painlessly and then revise it into something finer. Mosley teaches you how to:

Create a daily writing regimen to fit any writer's needs — and how to stick to it.

Determine the narrative voice that's right for every writer's style.

Hook readers with dynamic characters.

Get past those first challenging sentences and into the heart of a story.

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Mastering the Process: From Idea to Novel

by Elizabeth George

Drawing from her personal photos, early notes, character analyses, and rough drafts, George shows us every stage of how she wrote her novel Careless in Red , from researching location to imagining plot to creating characters to the actual writing and revision processes themselves. George offers us an intimate look at the procedures she follows, while also providing invaluable advice for writers about what has worked for her--and what hasn't. Mastering the Process gives writers practical, prescriptive, and achievable tools for creating a novel, editing a novel, and problem solving when in the midst of a novel, from a master storyteller writing at the top of her game.

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A Novel in a Year: From First Page to Last in 52 weeks

by Louise Doughty

The thought of writing a full-length novel can be daunting. But in A Novel in a Year, Louise Doughty makes a seemingly vast and unconquerable task manageable by walking aspiring authors through the different aspects of writing technique in eminently accessible bite-size chunks. Here are fifty-two chapters offering useful advice on all the facets of writing and exercises designed to help writers of all levels develop confidence and style. Read a chapter a week, and by year's end, you will have accomplished your goal and made it to “the End.”

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The Last Draft: A Novelist’s Guide to Revision

by Sandra Jean Scofield

This wise and friendly guide shows writers how to turn first-draft manuscripts into the novels of their dreams. A critic, longtime teacher, and award-winning novelist, Sandra Scofield illustrates how to reread a work of fiction with a view of its subject and vision, and how to take it apart and put it back together again, stronger and deeper. Scofield builds her explanations around helpful concepts like narrative structure, character agency, and core scenes, using models from classic and contemporary writers. The detailed, step-by-step plan laid out in The Last Draft offers invaluable advice to both novice and experienced writers alike. In Scofield, they will find a seasoned, encouraging mentor to steer them through this emotional and intellectual journey.

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