Do we really need another book about writing?

‘As long as writers are having books rejected by publishers, yes. As long as writers are failing to finish novels, yes. As long as writers keep going through years of frustration, not being able to pinpoint exactly why they can’t break through – yes.’

A novel takes more than writing; as author James McCreet says ‘A successful first novel is born before you write a word.’

It is easy for aspiring authors to find guidance on how to write, to learn the rules, and to find tips and tricks to help them along the way. But when it comes to writing a novel these skills will only take the writer so far. Once you’ve grasped the basic rules of writing where do you go next? For a novelist to succeed there are many other skills that need to be developed.

Before You Write Your Novel aims to address the complexity of what it really means to write a novel – going beyond hints and tips, simple answers and broad generalities to provide aspiring novelists with the tools and techniques they need. It covers the essential components of novel writing including narrative, story, plot, pace, chronology, character arc and engagement techniques, as well as research, story building, plotting and editing. Feeding from his own experience as a published novelist and creative writing teacher, James McCreet offers a guide to the structural mechanisms of the novel, helping you plan a first draft through to a finished novel.

Written for writers who are serious about producing a finished novel, Before You Write Your Novel offers a concise guide to the essential techniques and approaches.

Visit the book’s website here: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138186736/

978-1-138-18673-6 | £15.99/$25.95 in paperback | April 2016
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