Novel Writing: A Writers' and Artists' Companion

Novel Writing: A Writers' and Artists' Companion

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780937106
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 03/26/2015
Series: Writers' and Artists' Companions
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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

Reflections
What is a novel? A. L. Kennedy and Romesh Gunesekera
The novel – what I wish I'd known before
I started A. L. Kennedy
Creative worrying
Message from Delphi
A solitary vocation
The joy of not writing
Writing my first novel Romesh Gunesekera
Reading first
The advice
Starting to write
The plan
Autobiography
My lessons

Elements
Beginnings and preparation A. L. Kennedy
Who are you?
Who is your reader?
Environment
Health
Routine
It's different for girls
Character and plot
Deep idea
Support networks
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
Voice
Language and dialogue
Endings Romesh Gunesekera
Life lessons A. L. Kennedy
Senses
Media
Within any given month
The poisoned chalice A. L. Kennedy
The public
Stalking
Interviews
Other exposure and activities
Other writers
Saying no A. L. Kennedy

Part 2: Tips and tales – guest contributions

Tips from Novelists
Hanan Al-Shaykh
Bernardo Atxaga
Tash Aw
Joan Brady
Amit Chaudhuri
Davies
Anita Desai
Louise Doughty
Anne Enright
Jonathan Franzen
Lynn Freed
Alan Hollinghurst
Doris Lessing
Andrea Levy
Tim Lott
Glenn Patterson
Tim Pears
Philip Pullman
Michèle Roberts
Elif Shafak
Evelyn Toynton
Jeanette Winterson

Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2013
Naomi Alderman
Tahmima Anam
Ned Beauman
Jenni Fagan
Adam Foulds
Xiaolu Guo
Joanna Kavenna
Benjamin Markovits
Kamila Shamsie
Evie Wyld

Part 3: Write on

Distance by Romesh Gunesekera

Silence by Romesh Gunesekera

Early issues by Romesh Gunesekera
Planning
The 'W' decisions
Research 149
Tools
Routine, time and zone
Finding your voice

Writing tips by A. L. Kennedy
Starting
Keeping on
Reaching the end
Rewriting and editing

Nuts and bolts by A. L. Kennedy
Grammar
Punctuation
Tenses
Point of view (POV)
Layout

Writing with others by Romesh Gunesekera
Courses and workshops
Workshopping
Writing exercises
Collaboration
Mentors

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
Books
UK courses
US courses
On-line

Workshop exercises by Romesh Gunesekera
Procrastination

Travel toolkit by A. L. Kennedy
References
Basic kit

100 milestones of the modern novel

End piece by Romesh Gunesekera

Conclusion by A. L. Kennedy

Bibliography
Index

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