So You Want to Write a Novel

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Harper Collins, Nov 20, 2012 - Business & Economics - 208 pages
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You know there is a novel locked inside of you—chock-full of conflict, humor, irony, enthralling events and fascinating characters. What you don't know is how to set it free.

Practical Advice, Hands-On Help

Respected author and professional writing instructor Lou Willett Stanek's New York workshops have enabled scores of aspiring novelists to realize their dreams of completing credible and compelling manuscripts. Here, in a positive, "user-friendly" format, she offers not only encouragement and motivation, but Clear, Step-By-Step Instructions To Accomplish Your Goal—from original conception through final draft.

Learn How To:

  • Set up and stick to a writing schedule
  • Create unforgettable characters
  • Follow strong plotting and solid structure guidelines
  • Choose a viewpoint and develop conflict
  • Handle flashbacks and transitions

Not Just Philosophy Or A Simple Motivational Tool, This Is The Book That Tells You How To Succeed

 

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Contents

CHAPTER
1
The Schedule
24
CHAPTER 5
31
CHAPTER 8
85
CHAPTER 9
130
CHAPTER 10
164
Extra Exercises
191
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Lou Willett Stanek, a novelist, critic, and teacher, practices what she preaches. She bases her workshops on the theory described in this book. Dr. Stanek earned a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, an M.A. at Northwestern, and a B.A. from Eastern Illinois University. She also served as a trustee at Millikin University. A Midwesterner, Dr. Stanek now lives in New York and teaches writing at The New School of Social Research.

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