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This Year You Write Your Novel

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

This is the Year!

Walter Mosley's no-nonsense attitude and wit really breaks through as he insists there are no excuses.... get writing NOW! He doesn't come across as bossy or irritating, yet he is very persuasive about working now and often on "your novel." (I love how he keeps remind...
Walter Mosley's no-nonsense attitude and wit really breaks through as he insists there are no excuses.... get writing NOW! He doesn't come across as bossy or irritating, yet he is very persuasive about working now and often on "your novel." (I love how he keeps reminding the reader it is "your novel - the one you are writing this year." It has served me as a lasting affirmation in this process.) This guide is a great place to start - there are certainly more in-depth guides depending on what you are writing about and your style. This book will really motivate you to just START WRITING, no matter what distractions present themselves or how much you doubt your talent as you go! Great advice! And I read the book in one day - got writing that day!

posted by 1343236 on May 13, 2009

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4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Getting published?

If you need this book of ABC's you probably shouldn't be writing a novel. And if you do write a novel (or story), how do you get it published? Walter Mosley edited the 2003 Best American Short Stories, a bastion of literary fiction. Almost every story was by a graduate...
If you need this book of ABC's you probably shouldn't be writing a novel. And if you do write a novel (or story), how do you get it published? Walter Mosley edited the 2003 Best American Short Stories, a bastion of literary fiction. Almost every story was by a graduate of a prestigious MFA program. Despite the credentials of the authors, the collection would rate a weak 2 (some stories were downright bad). And yet this passes for the 'best.' What we need is a frank - a brutally frank - examination of the politics of publication. But that's a book no insider has the guts to write. Of course, some genres, such as mysteries, still have a readership and thus the doors to publication are more open than is the case with literary fiction. Especially if you employ some gimmicks (take a gander at Mosley's photo on his book's inside cover).

posted by Anonymous on August 23, 2007

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    Good for the beginning writer

    As a novice writer, I eagerly search out books that might help me produce quality work. "This Year You Write Your Novel" was definitely a title that caught my attention. Walter Mosley presents in 110 or so pages how a new writer should structure their time. He talks about first and third person narratives and the lesser known omniscient narrator and the pros and cons about each.

    One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is when the author would show examples by writing a short piece and then rewriting it to give it some flair to underscore the point he was try to make.

    He really states the importance of setting time aside every day to write.

    I thought that this book was an excellent bedside table reference book. It touched on the key subjects but didn't delve deeper. It was a quick read and the reader could definitely refer back to it when writing. If you are loooking for more indepth writing techniques, this isn't the book for you. It is good for those who don't want to be overwhelmed and want someone to hold their hand while they start out.

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    Posted May 9, 2011

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