You Can Write a Novel

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Writer's Digest Books, Sep 15, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 128 pages
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"I have a great idea for a novel, but I'm just not sure how to start..."

&break;&break;Sound familiar? The dream of virtually every hopeful fiction writer is to take that idea and turn it into a salable novel. In You Can Write a Novel, veteran author James Smith breaks down this complex process into simple, logical steps. His approach will guide you in a practical sequence designed to keep you focused, organized and moving forward while skillfully addressing the essentials, such as plot, character, setting, dialogue and action. Smith also shows how to generate a salable idea, develop that idea into a framework, and build that framework into a finished manuscript. What's more, he sets You Can Write a Novel apart from other how-to-write books by providing these unique features:

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  • The Writer's Tool Kit: an indispensable invention for even the most seasoned writer. Using index cards, a file folder, a pocket folder, a legal pad and some tape, you will create a management system for building and keeping track of characters, constructing a main story line, adding subplots, revising on the fly and more!

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  • Lifesaving Rules for the Writer: a variety of short technique advisories designed to keep you from wasting time or making fatal errors. These include:
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    • The 40 Cardinal Rules of Writing&break;
    • 10 blunders that identify you as an amateur&break;
    • 8 places to mine or not mine ideas&break;
    • and many more
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  • An Idea Scoring System: a method used to quantify your story idea's potential for success

    &break;&break;Smith's upbeat, accessible style will encourage you from start to finish, so don't waste another moment wondering if you have what it takes you succeed! You Can Write a Novel!

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    User Review  - LisaMaria_C - LibraryThing

    On GoodReads two stars means "OK" and that's what my rating means: this is OK. OK as in "meh." There's nothing here you can't find in a gazillion books on writing craft. James Smith does have a few ... Read full review

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    User Review  - Lisa (Harmonybites) - Goodreads

    On GoodReads two stars means "OK" and that's what my rating means: this is OK. OK as in "meh." There's nothing here you can't find in a gazillion books on writing craft. James Smith does have a few ... Read full review

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    Contents

    Find and Refine a Salable Idea for Your Novel
    1
    Invent the First Critical Pieces of Your Novel
    13
    Build a Framework for Your Novels Pieces
    45
    Write Your NovelPutting the Pieces Together
    75
    Revise Your Novel to BestSeller Standards
    105
    Prepare Your Novel for Sale
    124
    Appendix
    131
    Index
    134
    Copyright

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    About the author (1998)

    Smith is the author of 5 psychological thrillers.

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