Packed with tips from bestselling and prize-winning authors, Novel Writing: A Writers' and Artists' Companion will give you all the practical advice you need to write and publish your novel.
PART 1 provides an introduction to the forms and history of the novel and helps you plan and research your masterpiece, develop characters and compelling narratives and your own authorial voice.
PART 2 contains guest contributions from Philip Pullman, Louise Doughty, Glenn Patterson, Jeanette Winterson, Jonathan Franzen, Stevie Davies, Doris Lessing, Tash Aw, Elif Shafak, Anne Enright, Tim Pears, Anita Desai, Tim Lott, Amit Chaudhuri, Andrea Levy, Alan Hollinghurst, Bernardo Atxaga, Hanan Al-Shaykh, Michèle Roberts, Joan Brady, Lynn Freed, Evelyn Toynton as well as a number of the 2013 list of the Best of Young British Novelists including Kamila Shamsie, Tamima Anam, Naomi Alderman, Ned Beauman, Jenni Fagan and Joanna Kavenna.
PART 3 offers practical advice on collaborative writing, overcoming writer's block, editing and rewriting and finding an agent and a publisher for your work.
Written by two multi-award winning authors, this is a comprehensive manual for established and aspiring novelists alike.
About the Author
Romesh Gunesekera's first novel Reef was shortlisted for the 1994 Booker Prize. He is the author of six novels including The Sandglass, (winner of the inaugural BBC Asia Award) and Heaven's Edge, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
A L Kennedy is a prize winning novelist and author of short stories and non-fiction and Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Warwick, UK. Her novels include Everything You Need (1999), The Blue Book (2011) and Day (2007) which won the Costa and Saltire Book of the Year.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Ali Smith
Preface by Carole Angier and Sally Cline
Part 1: On novel writing
What is a novel? A. L. Kennedy and Romesh Gunesekera
The novel – what I wish I'd known before
I started A. L. Kennedy
Message from Delphi
A solitary vocation
The joy of not writing
Writing my first novel Romesh Gunesekera
Starting to write
Beginnings and preparation A. L. Kennedy
Who are you?
Who is your reader?
It's different for girls
Character and plot
Setting, place and atmosphere Romesh Gunesekera
Characters A. L. Kennedy
Moral and personal issues
The chicken and the egg
Generation of elements
Point of view and perspective Romesh Gunesekera
Voice, language and dialogue A. L. Kennedy
Language and dialogue
Endings Romesh Gunesekera
Life lessons A. L. Kennedy
Within any given month
The poisoned chalice A. L. Kennedy
Other exposure and activities
Saying no A. L. Kennedy
Part 2: Tips and tales – guest contributions
Tips from Novelists
Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2013
Part 3: Write on
Distance by Romesh Gunesekera
Silence by Romesh Gunesekera
Early issues by Romesh Gunesekera
The 'W' decisions
Routine, time and zone
Finding your voice
Writing tips by A. L. Kennedy
Reaching the end
Rewriting and editing
Nuts and bolts by A. L. Kennedy
Point of view (POV)
Writing with others by Romesh Gunesekera
Courses and workshops
An agent's view by Antony Harwood
A brave new world: Digital media by Romesh Gunesekera
An alphabetical list of questions for the digital age:
Chris Meade interviewed by Romesh Gunesekera
The seven ages of the novelist by Romesh Gunesekera
Resources by Romesh Gunesekera
Workshop exercises by Romesh Gunesekera
Travel toolkit by A. L. Kennedy
100 milestones of the modern novel
End piece by Romesh Gunesekera
Conclusion by A. L. Kennedy