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Posted August 3, 2012
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.
Posted May 30, 2002
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. :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.