"Like listening to a beloved brother. I found the acute observations and his narrative philosophy more valuable for the new writer than the contents of any 100 other texts."-Dean Koontz
"The Successful Novelist is the vehicle you want if you plan to drive your way to successful fiction."-Joe R. Lansdale
David Morrell, bestselling author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fifth Profession, distills more than fifty years of writing and publishing experience into this single masterwork of advice and instruction.
-Succeeding in publishing
-And much more
The Successful Novelist reveals the truth about writing, providing the perspective authors need to write successful fiction that sells.
David Morrell is the bestselling author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fifth Profession. He holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from the Pennsylvania State University and was a professor of English at the University of Iowa. He is now a full-time writer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
First Day of Class ix
Why Do You Want To Be a Writer? 1
Getting Focused 15
The Importance of Research 49
The Tactics of Structure 59
A Matter of Viewpoint 73
The First Person 83
The First Page 101
The Psychology of Description 113
What Not To Do in Dialogue 125
Dealing with Writer's Block 137
Getting Published and the Business of Writing 147
Rambo and the Movies 163
The Novelist as Marketer 181
Questions I'm Often Asked 199
Last Day of Class 215
About the Author 219