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How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them--A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    Hysterical AND Helpful

    This book is almost literally written the way I talk, and it's refreshing to have a book specifically tell you what NOT to do when writing a novel, as opposed to the myriad of opinions on what you SHOULD do. Extremely helpful and highly enjoyable, and the overall sarcastic tone (especially in regards to the samples of mind-numbingly terrible prose) makes even the most embarrassing writing mistake too silly not to laugh at. Highly recommended read for any budding author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2011

    Hilarious read for those honing their craft!

    This is one of the most enjoyable books on writing that I have read. The book's structure is clear and the advice--cleverly hidden in comedy--is sound. I teach undergraduate students at university so I am constantly searching for writing books that will hold their attention, and this is one of them. That being said, for those who have no sense of humor or gasp when they see four letter words in print, this is probably not for you.

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

    An excellent book for writers

    I have many books on writing, but it is rare that I find reading one truly enjoyable. The examples of the problem areas that so often show up in the work of beginning (and sometimes, even experienced) novelists are hysterical. This is a truly palatable dose of medicine.

    This book moves to the top of my "must read" list for aspiring writers. If you are wondering why you manuscript isn't being picked up, the answer is probably in here.

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