How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling
Written in a clear, crisp, accessible style, this book is perfect for beginners as well as professional writers who need a crash course in the down-to-earth basics of storytelling. Talent and inspiration can't be taught, but Frey does provide scores of helpful suggestions and sensible rules and principles.
An international bestseller, How to Write a Damn Good Novel will enable all writers to face that intimidating first page, keep them on track when they falter, and help them recognize, analyze, and correct the problems in their own work.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TromboneAl - LibraryThing
Despite many tepid reviews, this book gave me a lot of practical advice on writing a novel. The author usually had good examples to illustrate his points. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Murphy-Jacobs - LibraryThing
Formulae are for math class and baby feeding, not for writing. Still, it does point out a few things useful to a writer wannabe. Curiously, I've never run across any of James Frey's novels. Read full review
WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT IS WHO
THE THREE GREATEST RULES OF DRAMATIC WRITING CONFLICT CONFLICT CONFLICT
THE TYRANNY OF THE PREMISE OR WRITING A STORY WITHOUT A PREMISE IS LIKE ROWING A BOAT WITHOUT OARS
THE ABCS OF STORYTELLING
RISING TO THE CLIMAX OR THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING IS IN THE PREMISE
VIEWPOINT POINT OF VIEW FLASHBACKING AND SOME NIFTY GADGETS IN THE NOVELISTS BAG OF TRICKS