Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books And How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence by Roz Morris
Genre; non fiction
Most books on novel-writing will make you read hundreds of pages about character arcs, inciting incidents, heroes’ journeys. It’s great to know that – but while you’re reading about it you’re not writing your book.
And what these books don’t tell you is how to use this learning and get the job done.
Nail Your Novel is a writing buddy – and mentor – in a book.
In 10 easy steps it will tell you:
*how to shape your big idea and make a novel out of it
*how to do your research and how to use it
*how to organise your time
*how to plot and build characters
*when you’re going to hit problems and what to do about them
*how to write on the days you don’t feel inspired
*how to reread what you’ve written and polish it.
Along the way, Thumbnail Notes give tutorials about storytelling and storycraft – strictly when you need them. The author has written nearly a dozen novels that have made it into print – and this is how she did it.
You don’t even need to read the whole book before you get started. You read a section, then do as it says. And, once you’re finally satisfied, Nail Your Novel will tell you how to sell it to publishers and agents.
I loved this book. It’s straightforward and easy to follow. Morris’ pathway from ideas to completed novel make complete and utter sense and she leads you through them in way that makes you believe, not only that each stage is achievable, but that you can do it.
It is a book that can be read by a writer at the start of a novel with just the idea in their head or a writer who has a book that needs an overhaul. It can be read by a writer who has already written successful novels because I bet there are things in here that could ignite that flame when things get tough. Morris has games and not just any games, but games that keep you working on your manuscript while you work through whatever issue it is you’re having, be that plot point issues or writers block.
I can’t wait to get started implementing the ideas in this book. I think it will help me keep things in better order and permanently moving forward and thereby making me more productive.
If you read this book you’ll wonder why you didn’t read it sooner.