How to Write a Novel in One (Not-so-easy) Lesson [NOOK Book]

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An entertaining, readable approach to becoming the best novelist you can be.

After selling more than 90 novels and teaching writing to over 100 students, bestselling author Jacqueline Diamond shares her knowledge of the craft of fiction in this 24,000-word book (about 80 pages). You won’t find any one-size-fits-all schemes, just solid information with a personal approach, ...
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How to Write a Novel in One (Not-so-easy) Lesson

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Overview

An entertaining, readable approach to becoming the best novelist you can be.

After selling more than 90 novels and teaching writing to over 100 students, bestselling author Jacqueline Diamond shares her knowledge of the craft of fiction in this 24,000-word book (about 80 pages). You won’t find any one-size-fits-all schemes, just solid information with a personal approach, and tips organized to help you no matter how much or how little writing experience you have.

The author of the Safe Harbor Medical series, numerous mysteries, romantic comedies and fantasy/s.f. novels as well as half a dozen Regency romances, Diamond has also created study notes around sample chapters. These are geared to help writers analyze how to capture the tone and reader expectations in three different genres.

Here are quotes from some of Jackie’s writing students:

Your assistance has helped me gain my footing and develop enough confidence to begin writing as I always dreamed I could.

You've been a most encouraging instructor. Your comments have been insightful and easy for me to understand and learn from.

It’s hard to believe how much I have learned about the craft of writing in such a short time. There is no way I could have done this on my own.
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online reviewer - Lou Nelson
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013156876
  • Publisher: K. Loren Wilson
  • Publication date: 7/30/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 858,292
  • File size: 80 KB

Meet the Author

A former Associated Press reporter and TV columnist, Diamond has won a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times magazine, has finaled twice for RWA’s prestigious Rita Award, and has hit bestseller lists including Waldenbooks and USA Today. Her more than 90 published novels have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, German, Turkish, Japanese, Norwegian, Greek, Swedish, Hungarian, Korean, Czech and Danish. She has written in genres from romantic suspense, romantic comedy and Regency romance to mainstream mystery, fantasy and science fiction. She offers monthly specials for your Nook on her website, jacquelinediamond.com, and her Facebook page, JacquelineDiamondAuthor.

Regency romances

A Lady of Letters
A Lady’s Point of View
Lady in Disguise
Song for a Lady
The Day-Dreaming Lady
The Forgetful Lady

Suspense, paranormal and fantasy

Danger Music
One Husand Too Many
Out of Her Universe
Shadowlight
The Eyes of a Stranger
Touch Me in the Dark

Romantic comedy

A Warm December
Capers and Rainbows
Swept Away
Unlikely Partners
Yours, Mine and Ours
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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    This is a must have 'how to write' e-book!

    The mere fact that Ms. Diamond can say in a comparatively few pages what many authors struggle to confine to three or four hundred pages of "how to write" says it all. Although she downplays her vast experience as a writer and teacher a bit, there is no doubt she gets what the nuts and bolts of writing are and lays it out in a refreshingly straightforward treatment. I have read [and discarded] dozens of "how to write" books; this little gem, however, is a keeper! Read some of her many books and you will quickly learn she knows her stuff. All of her works are a cut above the norm no matter what the genre is. She obviously goes to great lengths to be technically correct as well which I find refreshing.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    I'm recommending this eText to my writing students

    I have never read a book on how to write that so closely matches my own philosophy about teaching writing. From the well-crafted sentences and economy of prose to the approachable tone that allows readers to get a point quickly--and from the simple way complex ideas are broken down to the easy-to-grasp tips on plot and character development--this small work is a keeper for new writers. And for seasoned writers, this review tool also offers a few new insights. One of the most appealing traits of this text is the humility of the author. "Time after time," she writes, "I had to face my own weaknesses." She gives examples, such as the story of a rejecting editor and the concession, when she first began to write fiction, "I didn't know what I was doing." Ninety novels into print, that's no longer true. But there's something darned appealing about a writing guru sharing tips with such a lack of pretention. Yet she's not entirely self-effacing. She addresses her strengths, too, and encourages writers to acknowledge their own positive and negative writer-attributes so they know what card to play when they're putting together the great card game of their first novel. Several surprises give the reader jolts of insight into the nature of writing and the writer, and my favorite is Jackie's take on a writer's three-yes, three!-brain hemispheres. She calls them tendencies A, B, and C. This section is fresh and insightful, as is the deconstruction of three of her own novels in the back of the manual. I will be recommending this gem to all of my writing students. Louella Nelson, Instructor, University of California, Irvine Extension, novel and short story writing courses. Follow on Twitter @LouellaNelson or WordPress.

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