Describes the process of writing a novel, from the germ of an idea, through developing plot, character and theme, to editing and presenting the novel for publication. This book gives practical advice on how to get started and how to keep going if you experience writer's block. It features examples to illustrate key points and ends with exercises.
It is said that everyone has at least one novel in them, but how do you turn your creative ideas into a coherent and sellable novel? Should you plan in detail or just begin writing? How should you present your work to a publisher to make sure that it isn't immediately rejected?Drawing on his own experiences and on those of a host of successful writers, Nigel Watts takes you through the process of writing a novel, from the germ of an idea, through developing plot, character and theme, to editing and presenting the novel for publication. He gives sound practical advice on how to get started and how to keep going if you experience writer's block. Each chapter features a comprehensive range of examples to illustrate key points and ends with suggested exercises to develop your own writing skills.TEACH YOURSELF WRITING A NOVEL will appeal to both new and experienced authors, whether you work through it as you write or dip into it as you go along.
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[an] excellent book for beginners - Writing Magazine - Jun/Jul 2003 issueA well-structured guide...packed with valuable tips, hints and writing exercises... An excellent tutorial - The New Writer - May/June 2003a must-read - the good book guideThis should be a very useful book for those aspiring writers to whom it is addressed. - PD JamesWriting a novel is hard, but writing about how to write one is even harder. A book so full of technical advice as this one runs a risk of limiting the imagination; but Nigel Watts avoids that trap, giving the would-be novelist a licence to write with his or her own unique voice. - DM ThomasThere are so many aspects of the text that I applaud, that it's difficult to pick out any single passage... - Elizabeth North
About Nigel Watts
NIGEL WATTS has taught creative writing since 1989, the year in which he published his first novel, "The Life Game". Since then he has published three more novels as well as children's fiction.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Beginnings; Plot; The eight-point arc; Sub-plot and symbolism; Character; Dialogue; Viewpoint; Setting the scene; Style; Theme; Editing and shaping; The personality of the writer; Support; Marketing; Taking it further - reading, websites and courses
Teach Yourself Writing a Novel by Nigel Watts
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