How Not to Write a Novel

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There are many ways prospective authors routinely sabotage their own work. But why leave it to guesswork? Misstep by misstep, How Not to Write a Novel shows how you can ensure that your manuscript never rises above the level of unpublishable drivel; that your characters are unpleasant, dimensionless versions of yourself; that your plot is digressive, tedious and unconvincing; and that your style is reliant on mangled clichés and sesquipedalian malapropisms. Alternatively, you can use it to identify the most common mistakes, avoid them and actually write a book that works.

Guardian Award shortlisted novelist Sandra Newman and veteran editor Howard Mittelmark have distilled 30 years of teaching, editing, writing and reviewing fiction into a hilarious and liberating guide that is the perfect read for anyone who's ever laughed at a badly written piece of prose and for anyone who's ever penned one - and doesn't want to do it again.

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This writing how-to should carry a warning: it's the kind of book one reads at the expense of all other responsibilities. ( Library Journal)

A great resource and a fun read with a lot of solid advice for would-be novelists. ( Publishers Weekly)

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'Sharply observed and peppered with joyous cutting comments ... anyone with even a passing interest in the mechanics of how to make a story come together will get something out of this ... infinitely more entertaining than the many books it seeks to inspire'

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 201 x 135 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. What do you think of my fiction book writing? the aspiring novelist extorted. Darn, the editor hectored, in turn. I can not publish your novel! It is full of what we in the business call really awful writing. But how shall I absolve this dilemma? I have already read every tome available on how to write well and get published! The writer tossed his head about, wildly. It might help, opined the blonde editor, helpfully, to ponder how NOT to write a novel, so you might avoid the very thing! Many writing books offer sound advice on how to write well. This is not one of those books. On the contrary, this is a collection of terrible, awkward, and laughably unreadable excerpts that will teach you what to avoid at all costs if you ever want your novel published. In How Not to Write a Novel, authors Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman distill their 30 years combined experience in teaching, editing, writing, and reviewing fiction to bring you real advice from the other side of the query letter. Rather than telling you how or what to write, they identify the 200 most common mistakes unconsciously made by writers and teach you to recognize, avoid, and amend them. With hilarious mis-examples to demonstrate each manuscript-mangling error, they ll help you troubleshoot your beginnings and endings, bad guys, love interests, style, jokes, perspective, voice, and more. As funny as it is useful, this essential how-NOT-to guide will help you get your manuscript out of the slush pile and into the bookstore. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780061357954

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