There are many ways prospective authors routinely sabotage their own work. But why leave it to guesswork? Misstep by misstep, How Not to Write a Novel shows how you can ensure that your manuscript never rises above the level of unpublishable drivel; that your characters are unpleasant, dimensionless versions of yourself; that your plot is digressive, tedious and unconvincing; and that your style is reliant on mangled cliches and sesquipedalian malapropisms. Alternatively, you can use it to identify the most common mistakes, avoid them and actually write a book that works.
Guardian Award shortlisted novelist Sandra Newman and veteran editor Howard Mittelmark have distilled 30 years of teaching, editing, writing and reviewing fiction into a hilarious and liberating guide that is the perfect read for anyone who's ever laughed at a badly written piece of prose and for anyone who's ever penned one - and doesn't want to do it again.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 202 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm
A great resource and a fun read with a lot of solid advice for would-be novelists. * Publishers Weekly *
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This is a gem of a book. Example by wince-making example, Newman and Mittelmark demonstrate how authors sabotage their chances of getting published. Every how-not-to snippet is made up and over-egged, and I found... More
Even if you have no plans to write a book, this is well worth a read.
Often hilarious, their examples are exaggerated for effect, but contain very astute and useful messages and will often seem strangely familiar, if... More
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