NOVEL STARTER: 50 Days of Inspiration and Advice to Get Your Novel off the Ground

If you want to write a novel but don’t know where to begin, NOVEL STARTER is for you. The book contains 50 days of exercises and writing advice to help you begin your novel or stories using the fundamental elements of narrative craft: dialogue, setting and description, point of view, plot, and characterization.

Arranged in a daily progression to help you get the most out of your writing practice. Craft-based exercises, free-flow exercises, and ten-minute prompts lead up to a series of imaginative flash fiction/chapter assignments. A Halfway There Self-Assessment helps your recognize your strengths and identify your subject. Whether you want to begin working on a novel, punch up your dialogue, learn how to create dramatic tension, or mine your life for material, this workbook will help you get your novel off the ground.


Every really good story is character-driven. But what makes a great character? Is it someone we can relate to, someone whose pain we feel deeply, someone whose voice mysteriously draws us in? The Novelist’s Guide to Character shows you how to create complex characters capable of holding the reader’s interest and moving the story forward. Complete a comprehensive character dossier to get to know your characters inside out. Exercises are combined with solid advice on craft to take you step-by-step through the process of creating characters the reader will care about.




THE PAPERCLIP METHOD: The No-Outline Novel Workbook

Building on the work you’ve done in Novel Starter and The Novelist’s Guide to Character, The Paperclip Method helps you find meaningful connections among short pieces and weave those pieces into a compelling and cohesive narrative. Find the best structure for your novel and apply principles of the narrative arc to your work. Learn how to use patterning to create suspense, how to build tension throughout the book, and how to bring your story to a surprising but logical conclusion. Upon completion of The Paperclip Method, you will have a complete working draft of your novel or memoir.




The next step is revising your novel for publication. That’s where Next Draft, the fourth and final workbook in the series, comes in. Next Draft will help you identify larger issues in your work, revising for structure as well as on a sentence-by-sentence level. Have you chosen the right point of view for your story? Where does the dramatic tension lag? How clear and meaningful is your story arc? Next Draft will help you transform your first draft into a manuscript that will capture the attention of an agent or publisher. A newly revised publishing appendix will help you decide whether traditional or independent publishing is right for you, and guide you through the steps to getting your novel out into the world.



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