Guide to writing a fiction novel

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guide to writing a fiction novel

A Passion for Narrative: A Guide to Writing Fiction by Jack Hodgins

This book is not intended to persuade you to take up writing novels or short stories.... Nor will it tell you how to market your stories. But it will take you through the problems facing any fiction writer and how some of the best writers in English have solved them. The chapters are clear and comprehensive: Finding Your Own Stories; One Good Sentence After Another; Setting; Character; Plot; The Architecture of Story; Point of View and Voice; Metaphors, Symbols and Allusions; Revising.

As an award-winning novelist and short-story writer Jack Hodgins is uniquely qualified to preach what he practices. As a trained teacher, he has been giving creating writing lessons for more than forty years, at high schools and universities and to writers summer schools. With its scores of examples of first-class writing this lively, truly fascinating book will almost certainly make you a better writer; it is guaranteed to make you a better reader.
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How to Write a Book (For Beginners)

Writing Fiction – What you Need to Know to Write a Novel!

If you misunderstand how to write a novel with the proper story structure , your book will never sell. Harsh, but true. A novel is a work of fiction told through narrative prose focusing on characters and a plot with at least some degree of realism. Essentially, a novel is a long story in which a message, theme, and plot are revealed slowly over the course of scenes and chapters that make up a bigger storyline. The exact number of words that make up a novel varies greatly depending on the genre and personal taste, however, a book is considered a novel if it has more than 50, words. You have to learn how many words are in your novel. Below is a table detailing how many words make up a novel in each respective genre, as some are typically longer than others.

Writing a novel is easy.
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The Importance of Design

Anyone can sit down and start writing fiction, but not everyone can sit down and start writing good fiction. Learning how to write fiction is an art form that takes a lot of patience, practice and determination it also is nice to get a little help, which is where we come in.

You did it. You finally committed to writing a novel, the first step in your multi-step journey to authordom. Finding it will take research and continuous trial and error until you hit upon the process that works best for you. Read, experiment, repeat. The more you write, the more your process will take on a life of its own.

You may be surprised to know that even after writing over books two-thirds of those novels over the last 40 years, 21 of them New York Times bestsellers most notably the Left Behind Series , I deal with those exact problems every time. I use a repeatable novel-writing plan —one that helps me smash through those obstacles. Imagine a finished manuscript in your hands, or your name on the front of a newly published book —does that excite you? Better yet, imagine letters from readers saying your novel changed their lives, that your words gave them a new perspective. A renewed hope.

I want you to remember that experience and the lessons about storytelling it imparted. Then invent a time machine, and travel back to elementary school, and get a job as a second-grade teacher, and make sure you get yourself as a student in your class, and in the time machine bring along an iPhone, and give it to your second-grade self. The younger you will develop greater self-esteem from your newfound popularity, and go on to lead a richer adult life, and have more material to write about. Create three-dimensional characters. In every paragraph, tell the reader exactly how high, wide, and long he is.

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