The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing

The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing

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by Evan Marshall, Writers Digest Books
     
 

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Imagine writing with the skill of a published author, the knowledge of a seasoned editor and the savvy of a New York literary agent....you'd have all the know-how it takes to transform your story idea into a novel worthy of praise and publication.

In this unique guide, agent, editor and novelist Evan Marshall does give you everything it takes to write your novel.

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Imagine writing with the skill of a published author, the knowledge of a seasoned editor and the savvy of a New York literary agent....you'd have all the know-how it takes to transform your story idea into a novel worthy of praise and publication.

In this unique guide, agent, editor and novelist Evan Marshall does give you everything it takes to write your novel. Drawing on his extensive experience, Marshall has perfected a simple and methodical approach to novel writing. His clear-cut, 16-step "Marshall Plan" breaks down the complex novel-writing process into a series of parts you put together one piece at a time. You'll have your whole story planned and plotted before you actually begin writing, so there's no chance of working yourself in a corner or making critical mistakes in pacing and plot.

In short, The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing works. Use it, and watch your story masterfully develop into a completed manuscript ready to get the full attention of readers, agents and editors alike.

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Evan Marshall has the scoop on making book -- from beginning to end and everywhere in between.
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Agent, editor, and novelist Evan Marshall provides a 16-step plan for writing a publishable novel, beginning with how to decide what kind of novel to write and culminating in how to approach agents and editors. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582970622
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

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Marshall Plan for Novel Writing 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have no idea what you guys are whining about...using a recipie the first time you make cookies is a good idea. Anyone who has dreamed of writing a novel, sat down at page one and never got beyond page 25 should read this book. The instructions in this book show what KIND of thing should happen when, help you weave together plot threads like a pro, even tells you how many PoVs is a good idea based on the desired length of your novel. It is in no way paint by numbers, as you still have to do most of the work - it's just a pattern. Most disgruntled 'Artists' who feel that this reduces the 'craft' to a series of equations might be surprised to see how well the 'formula' helps create a unique, well put-together novel. So shut up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing includes plenty of practical and thought-provoking material, but there are two chapters that set this book apart from the competition./// One of the many concepts that confused me as a novice writer was the terminology used to describe different types of writing. Different books described narrative, summary, scene, exposition, dialogue, introspection, flashbacks, and recollections, but none provided a satisfactory explanation of each and how they relate to one another, especially for use by a novelist./// In chapters 10 and 11, Evan Marshall describes five writing modes: action, summary, dialogue, feelings/thoughts, and background. He defines each and outlines their uses. As soon as I read about the writing modes, I began incorporating them into my writing and into my study of writing. Years later, I still find writing modes to be insightful in concept and helpful in practical use./// Marshall¿s writing modes offer a superior model for understanding and explaining the different types of writing used to construct fiction. For me, the writing modes have stood the test of time. I continue to be amazed that more articles and books about fiction-writing don¿t incorporate them./// The chapters addressing writing modes are well worth the cost of purchasing The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I do not think this book is helpful. Your novel will be predictible, stiff, and schematic. I started writing my novel based on Marshall's plan, and I regret it. I finished the work, but wished I had read Stephen King's "On Writing" which goes against everything this Marshall guy says. Get the King book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was more of a writer's block than a writing aid for me. It takes a dry, overly formulaic approach to a creative, sometimes spontaneous process. Writing a basic outline for a book is a great idea. But the Marshall Plan takes outlining to the extreme, demanding that you plan out every scene before you even begin writing. I agree with the paint-by-numbers analogy. The Plan doesn't give a writer room to breathe and wouldn't allow a story to evolve beyond the writer's original expectations. Most writers know that your first draft or concept will not be your last, but this Plan acts as if it will be. Can you write a novel with this plan? Probably. Will your novel be GOOD? Probably not.