179 Ways to Save a Novel: Matters of Vital Concern to Fiction Writers

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Writer's Digest Books, Mar 24, 2010 - Reference - 288 pages
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Looking for ways to fix your novel? Or: Is your fiction writing in peril?

Based on real advice gleaned from thousands of writing critiques, 179 Ways to Save a Novel is more than a collection of ideas for troubleshooting your work-in-progress (though it holds plenty of practical writing advice). This inspiring guide doubles as a thoughtful examination of the writing life—and not just with respect to writing, but to the reading habits and thought processes of writers.

The 179 meditations in this book are grouped under six headings: Substance Structure Style Symbol, Myth & Metaphor Soul and Other Matters Dip into the book at random when in need of nonspecific advice, inspiration, or criticism. Or read it straight through for a deeper examination of the writing life. However you encounter them, these meditations are guaranteed to challenge, inspire, provoke—and occasionally to tickle or annoy. But most of all they'll awaken a deeper awareness of the fiction writer's many challenges and thorny choices.


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Matters of Substance
Matters of Structure
Matters of Symbol Myth Metaphor
Matters of Style
Matters of Soul
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Peter Selgin is the author of By Cunning & Craft (Writer's Digest, 2007). His stories and essays have appeared in more than 50 publications including Salon.com, Glimmer Train, Boulevard, Poets & Writers and Missouri Review. His story collection, Drowning Lessons, was a winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.

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