How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling
Written in a clear, crisp, accessible style, this book is perfect for beginners as well as professional writers who need a crash course in the down-to-earth basics of storytelling. Talent and inspiration can't be taught, but Frey does provide scores of helpful suggestions and sensible rules and principles.
An international bestseller, How to Write a Damn Good Novel will enable all writers to face that intimidating first page, keep them on track when they falter, and help them recognize, analyze, and correct the problems in their own work.
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novel writingUser Review - Vannessagrace - Borders
I bought this book because I needed answers and answers I got. James N. Frey writes in a language that is clear and concise. How To Write A Damn Good Novel is one of the best books I've read on novel writing. Read full review
Review: How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic StorytellingUser Review - Sherri - Goodreads
Formulae are for math class and baby feeding, not for writing. Still, it does point out a few things useful to a writer wannabe. Curiously, I've never run across any of James Frey's novels. Read full review
2 THE THREE GREATEST RULES OF DRAMATIC WRITING CONFLICT CONFLICT CONFLICT
3 THE TYRANNY OF THE PREMISE OR WRITING A STORY WITHOUT A PREMISE IS LIKE ROWING A BOAT WITHOUT OARS
4 THE ABCS OF STORYTELLING
5 RISING TO THE CLIMAX OR THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING IS IN THE PREMISE
6 VIEWPOINT POINT OF VIEW FLASHBACKING AND SOME NIFTY GADGETS IN THE NOVELISTS BAG OF TRICKS
7 THE FINE ART OF GREAT DIALOGUE AND SENSUOUS DRAMATIC PROSE
8 REWRITING THE FINAL AGONIES
9 THE ZEN OF NOVEL WRITING