Teach Yourself Writing a Novel (Teach Yourself Series)

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Now with a sharp new cover, Teach Yourself Writing a Novel helps readers follow the paths of Austin and Hemingway. The author takes them step-by-step through the writing process, from the germination of an idea to the actual writing, and from finding an agent to contacting publishers. Also includes exercises to help develop the reader's own writing skills and tips to relieve writer's block.

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Overview

Now with a sharp new cover, Teach Yourself Writing a Novel helps readers follow the paths of Austin and Hemingway. The author takes them step-by-step through the writing process, from the germination of an idea to the actual writing, and from finding an agent to contacting publishers. Also includes exercises to help develop the reader's own writing skills and tips to relieve writer's block.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071421058
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Series: Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
The apprenticeship of writing ix
The myth of the 'writer' xi
The importance of being a reader xii
Three qualities needed for success xiii
How to use this book xvi
1 Beginnings 1
Hardware or software? 2
A writer in search of an idea 2
The quality of your story 5
Getting started 6
Practise, practise, practise 12
2 Plot 15
The three functions of story-telling 16
Holding the reader's attention 16
What is a plot? 18
The basic requirements for a plot 21
3 The eight-point arc 27
Grand, major and minor arcs 32
Analysis of a story 33
How to use this information 38
4 Sub-plot and symbolism 40
Sub-plot 41
Symbolism 43
5 Character 48
Identification with the character 49
Making characters real 51
Seven tools to convey characters 55
Motivation 57
Representation 58
Know your characters by knowing yourself 60
Roman a clef 61
6 Dialogue 64
The three functions of speech 66
Giving the impression of real speech 67
Supporting your dialogue 69
Types of speech 70
Conventions of written speech 73
7 Viewpoint 74
Types of viewpoint 77
What tense? 82
The impact of viewpoint decisions 82
Tone 84
8 Setting the scene 87
Researching the setting 88
Making scenes real 90
Perception and selection 92
Visualization 93
9 Style 96
Find your own style 97
Fowler's preferences 99
Things to beware of 100
Taking chances 103
10 Theme 106
Subject matter 107
Thread 108
Thesis 109
11 Editing and shaping 113
Writing and editing 114
Shaping the novel 115
Working chronologically 117
Excision and expansion 118
Pace 118
Handling the passage of time 120
Gaining perspective 123
Novel length and chapter length 124
Finishing your book 124
12 The personality of the writer 127
The sensibility of the artist 128
The anatomy of the writer 130
The importance of considerateness 135
13 Support 137
Our physical environment 138
Time 139
People 140
Writers' circles, courses and books 141
Writer's block 142
Writing as an organic process 145
14 Marketing 147
Going it alone 148
Agents 149
Self-publishing and vanity publishing 150
Presenting your manuscript to a publisher 151
From presentation to publication 153
Money 154
Taking it further 157
Recommended reading 157
Writing courses 159
Index 160
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2004

    Informative and Entertaining

    Reading Teach Yourself: Writing a Novel was like reading a novel. An entertaining one. Nigel Watts gave many easy to follow and helpful steps in beginning the seemingly tumultuous road to writing a book. I would highly recommend this book if you're dying to put your words to paper, and are looking for a place to start.

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