How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling

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Macmillan, Dec 15, 1987 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 174 pages
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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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User 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

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User Review  - Dabble58 - LibraryThing

I buy a lot of "how to write" books and never read them. It's a way to appear professional about my writing without actually having to DO any. So the other day I pulled this one out of my shelf ... Read full review

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Contents

WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT IS WHO
1
THE THREE GREATEST RULES OF DRAMATIC WRITING CONFLICT CONFLICT CONFLICT
27
THE TYRANNY OF THE PREMISE OR WRITING A STORY WITHOUT A PREMISE IS LIKE ROWING A BOAT WITHOUT OARS
49
THE ABCS OF STORYTELLING
68
RISING TO THE CLIMAX OR THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING IS IN THE PREMISE
84
VIEWPOINT POINT OF VIEW FLASHBACKING AND SOME NIFTY GADGETS IN THE NOVELISTS BAG OF TRICKS
98
THE FINE ART OF GREAT DIALOGUE AND SENSUOUS DRAMATIC PROSE
122
REWRITING THE FINAL AGONIES
150
THE ZEN OF NOVEL WRITING
161
BIBLIOGRAPHY
173
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James N. Frey is the author of the internationally bestselling How to Write a Damn Good Novel and How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II, as well as nine novels. He has taught and lectured on creative writing at several different schools and conferences throughout the U.S. and Europe.

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