You Can Write A Novel

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Writer's Digest Books, Nov 2, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 176 pages
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Turn Your Big Idea into a Salable Novel

Do you have an idea for a great novel? Have you always dreamed of writing a bestseller? Are you at a loss for where to start? Look no further. You Can Write a Novel, 2nd Edition, gives you concrete, proven techniques to get from idea, to manuscript, to bookstore.

Veteran author James V. Smith, Jr., breaks down the novel writing process into ten logical steps. You'll start building the foundation for your book right away by taking your story's three most importance incidents from brainstorm to final draft perfection.

Smith's approach will guide you through a practical sequence designed to keep you focused, organized, and moving forward. You Can Write a Novel skillfully and simply addresses the essentials, such as plot, character, setting, dialogue, and action. You'll learn how to generate a salable idea, develop your idea into a framework, and build your framework into a finished manuscript.

This edition includes new brainstorming tools, fresh plot and character organization strategies, and innovative tools to evaluate your story's readability and pacing—plus, you'll find the one-word key to every best-selling novel. And, as always, Smith's upbeat, accessible style will cheer you on from start to finish.


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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  - JD - Goodreads

This is a great little book. It got me motivated to start writing again! Full of useful information. Read full review


Identify the OneWord Key to Every BestSeller
Sketch the First Draft of Your Novel in Only Two Incidents
Test Your Novel for Salability
Invent Key Details to Enrich Your Rough Draft and Smooth the Way for the Rest of Your Novel
Get Down to Some Serious Writing
Evaluate Your Opener Incident for Reading Ease and Reader Participation
Create the Rest of Your Main Story Line as a Series of Headlines
Revise Your Novel to BestSeller Standards
Market Your Novel by Creating an Irresistible Package That Engages Editors and Agents
Polish Your Novel to BestSeller Standards While Your Sales Package is Out There Pitching for You

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James V. Smith, Jr. is the editor, chief photographer and writer for Montana's largest circulation publication, Rural Montana magazine, an association magazine in the energy industry that routinely wins top national writing and photo awards. Jim has written and published five novels in the military action genre. He also has written and self-published The Creative Corporate.

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