Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons about Writing and Publishing

Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons about Writing and Publishing

by David Morrell

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Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons about Writing and Publishing by David Morrell

"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.

Morrell covers:

-Plot
-Character
-Research
-Structure
-Viewpoint
-Description
-Dialogue
-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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402210556
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 810,450
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

First Day of Class     ix
Why Do You Want To Be a Writer?     1
Getting Focused     15
Plot     25
Character     39
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

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Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons about Writing and Publishing 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this would be a book of new insights from David Morrell but instead this is a reprint of his previous book "Lessons From a Lifetime of Writing" published in 2002. There is just one new chapter added toward the end, "The Novelist as Marketer." The copyright page does say that this book was previously published in 2002 by Writers Digest Books but they don't say under what title. If you have the older book, you don’t need to buy this one.
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