Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books And How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence
by Roz Morris
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By bestselling ghostwriter and book doctor with a top London literary consultancy
142 high-starred reviews on Amazon
This book is used by award-winning authors and university creative writing departments.
'There are shedloads of books on how to write novels, and a lot of them are longer and considerably less useful'
'I wish I'd had this book a long time ago'
'The author has a proven track record as a writer of fiction, as opposed to writers of "how to write" books'
Are you writing a novel? Do you want to make sure you finish? Will you get lost and fizzle out? Will you spend more time reading about how to write than actually getting the words down?
Most books on novel-writing will make you read hundreds of pages about character arcs, inciting incidents, heroes’ journeys. It’s great to know that – but while you’re reading about it you’re not writing your book.
And what these books don’t tell you is how to use this learning and get the job done.
Nail Your Novel is a writing buddy – and mentor - in a book.
In 10 easy steps it will tell you:
*how to shape your big idea and make a novel out of it
*how to do your research and how to use it
*how to organise your time
*how to plot and build characters
*when you’re going to hit problems and what to do about them
*how to write on the days you don’t feel inspired
*how to reread what you’ve written and polish it.
Along the way, Thumbnail Notes give tutorials about storytelling and storycraft – strictly when you need them. The author has written nearly a dozen novels that have made it into print – and this is how she did it.
You don’t even need to read the whole book before you get started. You read a section, then do as it says. And, once you’re finally satisfied, Nail Your Novel will tell you how to sell it to publishers and agents.
A FULL index means you can find what you want, when you want it.
You’ve dreamed of writing a novel. Don’t procrastinate with another theory book. Don’t launch in, get stuck and throw your hard work in a drawer. Nail your novel.
Roz Morris's fiction has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, although you won't have seen her name on the covers as she ghostwrote for high-profile authors. She is now writing acclaimed fiction under her own name. She is a writer, journalist, fiction editor and the author of the Nail Your Novel series for writers. She teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London.
'Fantastic. I've read all "Nail your Novel" books and I think that they should be on every authors reference shelf. Roz knows her craft and explains the concepts clearly and concisely with examples. I would recommend this series of books to anyone with an interest in the craft of writing.' - Jason
'I love this book. Roz Morris' strategies are liberating and easy to follow. I've revisited this book a number of times while struggling to work through my current work. This is a definite staple on my writing craft bookshelf.' - K Sizemore
'For all the excellent content, Nail Your Novel is also a relatively quick read, well-organized, and easy to understand. Roz gets right to the heart of the matter and encourages reading writers to get their hands dirty, metaphorically speaking. Her writing style embodies what she asks writers to strive for: clear, informative, and entertaining. Roz doesn’t waste a word. Roz’s book receives my highest recommendation. It’s on my virtual writer’s shelf beside Ursula K. LeGuin’s, Jane Yolen’s, Donald Maass’s, and K.M. Weiland’s craft writing books and I’m sure I’ll be referring to it often.' - Melanie Marttlila
- Roz Morris, April 2014
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