How NOT to Write a Novel

How NOT to Write a Novel: 200 Mistakes to avoid at All Costs if You Ever Want to Get Published

Non-Fiction, Creative Writing, Languages & Reference, English Language, Dictionaries & Reference
Paperback Published on: 29/01/2009
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Synopsis

There are many ways prospective authors routinely sabotage their own work. But why leave it to guesswork? Misstep by misstep, How Not to Write a Novel shows how you can ensure that your manuscript never rises above the level of unpublishable drivel; that your characters are unpleasant, dimensionless versions of yourself; that your plot is digressive, tedious and unconvincing; and that your style is reliant on mangled clichés and sesquipedalian malapropisms. Alternatively, you can use it to identify the most common mistakes, avoid them and actually write a book that works.Guardian Award shortlisted novelist Sandra Newman and veteran editor Howard Mittelmark have distilled 30 years of teaching, editing, writing and reviewing fiction into a hilarious and liberating guide that is the perfect read for anyone who's ever laughed at a badly written piece of prose and for anyone who's ever penned one - and doesn't want to do it again.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141038544
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 202g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm

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How NOT to Write a Novel
Seriously funny
This is a gem of a book. Example by wince-making example, Newman and Mittelmark demonstrate how authors sabotage their chances of getting published. Every ... READ MORE
Charlotte Rose Norman
How NOT to Write a Novel
Seriously Hilarious
Even if you have no plans to write a book, this is well worth a read. Often hilarious, their examples are exaggerated for effect, but contain very astute ... READ MORE
Derek Duerden