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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2003

    A decent book on fiction writing...

    James V. Smith¿s 'You Can Write A Novel' is written for the first-time novelist looking to create a salable manuscript. Smith offers a number of valuable tips that I haven¿t seen in similar how-to books. One of them is to practice writing out select paragraphs of best-selling authors. In doing so, you can learn a lot about proper sentence structure, good dialogue, and powerful, action-packed sentences. The book is worth reading in order to pick up anything, just one tip that will help improve your writing. However, if you can only buy one book, I would suggest 'Stein on Writing' or 'The First Five Pages' instead. >>>> Britt Gillette, Author of 'Conquest of Paradise'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2002

    Anyone Can Write Novel

    This is an outstanding book for the beginning Novelist, maybe even for the intermediate who needs some structure. Not written as a course where you get hammered with useless theories and history lessons, but as an instructional guide toward GETTING YOUR NOVEL DONE. In my opinion, if the beginning novelist, and that intermediate novelist that I mentioned above, did everything that this book instructs, they would have a completed novel. But for the experienced writer, this manual could possibly interfere with the techniques that have always produced for them. To go a step further, it could change their style (for the good OR for the bad). I only say for the GOOD because as quiet as it is kept, there are so many "Experienced Writers" who have their own way of doing things but struggle and waste a lot of time and energy. Over all, this thin and to the point guide could help ANYONE who wants to write and get their novel done! Finished! Out of the way, minus all of the volumes of horn tooting, irrelevant theory and history, etc. This can be your road map.

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