Novelist's Boot Camp: 101 Ways to Take Your Book From Boring to Bestsell

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Take Command of Your Novel!

It's time to plan and execute a writing strategy that's in sync with your ultimate mission objective: getting published.

In Novelist's Boot Camp, author Todd A. Stone, a former assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, draws on his experience as novelist, writing instructor, and military officer to help get you and your ...

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Overview


Take Command of Your Novel!

It's time to plan and execute a writing strategy that's in sync with your ultimate mission objective: getting published.

In Novelist's Boot Camp, author Todd A. Stone, a former assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, draws on his experience as novelist, writing instructor, and military officer to help get you and your writing into tip-top shape.

This boot-camp-in-a-book includes 101 carefully crafted drills designed to show you how to:

  • Identify and develop story ideas with laser-like perception
  • Create realistic "alpha" characters who can take charge of any scene
  • Know what motivates your protagonist's enemy so that you can amp up the conflict
  • Outline your story to avoid sneak attacks from flawed plot twists
  • Dodge the land mines of bad writing like Deadly Modifier Buildup (DMBU)
  • Triage your scenes to ensure a thorough and precise revision process
Plus, there's a twelve-week boot camp battle plan that you can use to stay the course and finish your novel.

Novelist's Boot Camp provides you with all the ammunition you need to approach your work with dedication, confidence, and skill. Now, report for duty and start writing that bestseller!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582973609
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 3/11/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,382,932
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 1.09 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    Become a Recruit at The Novelist's Boot Camp

    Ready to take on the challenge of writing a novel? Don't think you have the time? Novelist's Boot Camp may be just the book to help you over the hurdle. It equips aspiring novelists with unique, step-by-step drills that apply novel writing techniques. Within his boot camp theme, Stone trains writers (who he refers to as recruits) how to define and also show character and story objectives. When comparing fiction writing to a battle plan, Stone says, 'Objectives play [...] an important role in fiction without them, there would be no story.' Exercises found in this book challenge recruits to be better writers. Stone's stated purpose in writing this how-to manual is for his readers to produce a quality first draft. His book lets writers start from scratch, takes them through development and marches them into the drafting phase. He breaks down each drill into smaller steps, such as his five steps to establish character relationships. In this process he demonstrates how to start conflict keep it going and how to end it. Military drill sergeants tell trainees to forget what they knew before they came into the service, and Stone does the same. Reading this book changes a writer. If you lean toward procrastination, you'll find no mercy here. Goal-oriented elements thread throughout these exercises. Drills require commitment and offer the mental discipline needed to complete a novel. His no excuse stance also addresses learning how to schedule deadlines to fit life's other responsibilities. Once the writer completes a draft, Stone's exercises show how to cut, rework and improve for a finished manuscript. If you're ready to make writing a novel a reality in your life, it's time to sign up for Novelist's Boot Camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2006

    INTERESTING AND FUNNY

    Novelist¿s Boot Camp: 101 Ways to Take Your Book from Boring to Bestseller by Todd A. Stone is interesting and funny. Although portions of the book are pretty superficial and I flat out disagree with some of the statements, others offer interesting insight for students of novel-writing. The pithy, no-nonsense, boot-camp approach certainly sets this book apart from its competition, the other A-Z, concept-to-publication, how-to-write-a-novel books. No doubt, the military analogies that preface each drill (chapter) will be viewed by some readers as hokey, but I found them humorous and refreshing. Boot Camp passed my ¿Hi-Liter test.¿ As I read a book, I highlight the meaty parts for further reference. Books with little substance survive relatively unscathed, while information-packed, insightful books get a heavy dose of yellow ink. My copy of Boot Camp is now painted yellow. Boot Camp faired less well on my ¿note-taking test.¿ After I finish reading a book, I review the passages marked with the Hi-Liter, scribbling notes to be filed by topic. Some of the chapters were packed with insight and juicy tidbits I noted for future reference, but much of the subject matter was a review for me. Using a five-star rating system, I rank Boot Camp four stars. I didn¿t give it five stars because of what¿s missing from the text. I found the chapters about raising the stakes and description insightful while some subjects such as theme and scene & sequel were hardly mentioned. And the examples could have been better chosen to illustrate the points being made. I consider some of the material outdated for today¿s writer. With some revision this book could set a new standard. Future additions might expand treatment of theme and scene & sequel. Outdated references to narrative might be replaced with writing modes as outlined by Evan Marshall in the The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing. There are several chapters that could be trimmed or eliminated if space is an issue. Bottom line, if asked to select the first how-to book for a novice writer, this wouldn¿t be my pick. But there¿s plenty to note for a more seasoned student of novel-writing, and Boot Camp is fun to read. Now hit the deck and do some pushups.

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