Publication Date: 29/01/2009 ISBN: 9780141038544 Category:

How NOT to Write a Novel

Howard Mittelmark, Sandra Newman

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 29/01/2009 ISBN: 9780141038544 Category:
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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 cliches 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 Review

A great resource and a fun read with a lot of solid advice for would-be novelists. * Publishers Weekly * This writing how-to should carry a warning: it's the kind of book one reads at the expense of all other responsibilities. * Library Journal *

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