Overview

Who doesn't dream of writing a novel while holding on to a day job? Robert J. Ray and coauthor Bret Norris can help readers do just that, with this proven practical and accessible step-by-step guide to completing a novel in just a year's worth of weekends. The Weekend Novelist shows writers of all levels how to divide their writing time into weekend work sessions, and how to handle character, scene, and plot. This new, revised version is far more skills-based than its predecessor, and includes both classic and ...
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The Weekend Novelist

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Overview

Who doesn't dream of writing a novel while holding on to a day job? Robert J. Ray and coauthor Bret Norris can help readers do just that, with this proven practical and accessible step-by-step guide to completing a novel in just a year's worth of weekends. The Weekend Novelist shows writers of all levels how to divide their writing time into weekend work sessions, and how to handle character, scene, and plot. This new, revised version is far more skills-based than its predecessor, and includes both classic and contemporary literature models, contains a sample "Novel in Progress," and at the end offers readers the choice to rewrite their novel, draft a memoir, or turn their rough draft into a screenplay. Readers for a decade have been instructed and inspired by The Weekend Novelist. This new edition will help many more strive to realize their writing potential.


• Offers a practical, structured approach to finishing a novel

• Ray has taught more than 10,000 students over 25 years and continues to teach new classes that attract new readers to his books

• Replaces ISBN: 0-4405-0594-1

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307875051
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 8/24/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 409,538
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Robert J. Ray, Ph.D. has written eight novels, five in the
Matt Murdock Mystery series. His short fiction has appeared in Tri-Quarterly. Ray teaches writing for the University of Washington's School of
Distance Learning. He lives in Seattle.


Bret Norris is the founder of the Norris Literary Agency. He has extensive experience as both a writer and editor of creative manuscripts. He lives in Seattle.

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

    A Practical Plan - The Weekend Novelist is practical and straig

    A Practical Plan -
    The Weekend Novelist is practical and straightforward, providing a concrete plan for making the most of limited time for the writer who struggles to find time around work, home and family. Each chapter provides valuable information to move your writing, and thereby your book, one step closer to completion. In addition to information, Robert Ray provides direction, excercises and little things you can do throughout the week to help prepare you for your weekend writing. I found the only draw back to be in trying to read it cover to cover. Having done so, I recommend reading it one chapter at a time and following the plan. The book makes the most sense that way, and the repetition serves a purpose. It is also important to understand that each step relies on the steps that came before it. If you find that you can move faster than the one year this book suggests, I still suggest following the book in order. Even if you are not looking for a plan to follow, or if you find this plan does not mesh well with your writing style, there is still a lot of useful information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2002

    A Fighting Chance to Become a Novelist

    For the last eight years, I tried all sorts of gyrations to get myself 'motivated' to write my novel. I realized after using Mr. Ray's book that it isn't about motivation, but about planning. The Weekend Novelist gives you the map you need to navigate the round-the-world journey that is called novel writing. His exercises are right-on, and his examples are helpful. Writing a novel should not be thought of as a huge ordeal, but involves building a bunch of small pieces and then arranging them effectively together. Mr. Ray gives you an idea about what each of these pieces should look like and then gives you the skills to put them into an effective novel. The only bad thing is that this gem is no longer in print. And looking for used copies is daunting. I believe this is the hallmark of a great book. BTW The novel will be done on February 24, 2003. :)

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