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ISBN: 089879868X
Author: James V. Smith Jr.
Language: English
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 1st edition (September 15, 1998)
Pages: 128
Category: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Subcategory: Reference
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 539
Size Fb2: 1711 kb
Size ePub: 1937 kb
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You Can Write a Novel book. In You Can Write a Novel, veteran author James Smith breaks down this complex process into simple, logical steps

You Can Write a Novel book. In You Can Write a Novel, veteran author James Smith breaks down this complex process into simple, logical steps. Sound familiar? The dream of virtually every hopeful fiction writer is to take that idea and turn it into a salable novel.

Now Smith has a few other books on writing fiction that are worth mentioning for clarification. He has an older version of the same book in this kit which is almost exactly the same

Now Smith has a few other books on writing fiction that are worth mentioning for clarification. He has an older version of the same book in this kit which is almost exactly the same. Except in this new version, certain updates were made to reflect the use of the notepads that are included.

Veteran author James V. Smith, J. breaks down the novel writing process into ten logical steps. You'll start building the foundation for your book right away by taking your story's three most importance incidents from brainstorm to final draft perfection. Smith's approach will guide you through a practical sequence designed to keep you focused, organized, and moving forward. You Can Write a Novel skillfully and simply addresses the essentials, such as plot, character, setting, dialogue, and action.

What's more, he sets You Can Write a Novel apart from other how-to-write books by providing these unique features: The Writer's Tool Kit: an indispensable invention for even the most seasoned writer. Using index cards, a file folder, a pocket folder, a legal pad and some tape, you will create a management system for building and keeping track of characters, constructing a main story line, adding subplots, revising on the fly and more!

You Can Write a Novel.

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I also recommend Writing A Romance Novel for Dummies. Crafting Scenes by Raymond Obstfeld

I also recommend Writing A Romance Novel for Dummies. It will cover all the aspects of writing: character, plot, voice, GMC etc. Second, you should join a critique group. There are many on-line critique groups. You post a chapter of your book and get critiques, and you critique other people's work. The Romance Writers of America trade association also runs critique groups and if you join, you'll get a magazine on writing. com has on-line resources for budding romance novelists. Crafting Scenes by Raymond Obstfeld. You Can Write a Novel by James V. Smith, Jr. Source(s): My personal library of writing books :) 0. 0.

James V. has published more than a dozen novels, including the six-book series Force Recon. His latest novels, the Delta Force series written under the pen name John Harriman, use the full range of the new pacing tools introduced in this little helper.

Originally Answered: What are some good books about writing Novels? Nothing better than EM Forster's Aspects of the Novel. The very structural novelist, who has given us masterpieces like "Room on the Roof" and "The Passage To India", and "The Celestial Omnibus" (short story) did have very lofty ideas about presentation and material.

Veteran novelist James V. Smith helps beginners make their writing dreams come true with his unique "writer's toolkit" for building a successful novel. He begins by breaking down the complex process of novel writing into simple pieces, showing writers how to create memorable characters, gripping plots and vivid settings.

"I have a great idea for a novel, but I'm just not sure how to start..."

Sound familiar? The dream of virtually every hopeful fiction writer is to take that idea and turn it into a salable novel. In You Can Write a Novel, veteran author James Smith breaks down this complex process into simple, logical steps. His approach will guide you in a practical sequence designed to keep you focused, organized and moving forward while skillfully addressing the essentials, such as plot, character, setting, dialogue and action. Smith also shows how to generate a salable idea, develop that idea into a framework, and build that framework into a finished manuscript. What's more, he sets You Can Write a Novel apart from other how-to-write books by providing these unique features:

The Writer's Tool Kit: an indispensable invention for even the most seasoned writer. Using index cards, a file folder, a pocket folder, a legal pad and some tape, you will create a management system for building and keeping track of characters, constructing a main story line, adding subplots, revising on the fly and more!

Lifesaving Rules for the Writer: a variety of short technique advisories designed to keep you from wasting time or making fatal errors.

These include:

The 40 Cardinal Rules of Writing10 blunders that identify you as an amateur8 places to mine or not mine ideasand many more

An Idea Scoring System: a method used to quantify your story idea's potential for success

Smith's upbeat, accessible style will encourage you from start to finish, so don't waste another moment wondering if you have what it takes you succeed! You Can Write a Novel!

Comments:

GawelleN
I'm so pleased that I finally gave in and bought this kit. I own and have read over 50+ books on writing fiction and this one is the first to simplify the process of organizing your materials and writing a rough draft with an extensive list of Editing & Revision tips.

Although the author's approach may seem gimicky or dogmatic, his tools do work. What you won't find in this book are in depth discussions of craft, but just enough nuggets to get you going in writing that first draft using notepads for sketching out scenes and character bios. For in depth instruction on craft, there are other books out there more suited for that when you're ready to revise.

Now Smith has a few other books on writing fiction that are worth mentioning for clarification. He has an older version of the same book in this kit which is almost exactly the same. Except in this new version, certain updates were made to reflect the use of the notepads that are included. Also, the newer version in the kit is also a paperback edition not hardback as noted in the Amazon description. What's hardback is the boxed kit itself. Also, this edition is a lot smaller, so at first glance it appears to have more pages, but its essentially the same in both. The smaller profile makes it convenient to carry in a purse! If you already have the older edition and are happy using your own index cards, then there is no need to buy this kit.

Smith also has two other books that are essentially the same as well. The older version is titled "The Fiction Writer's Brainstormer" and the newer version is called "The Writer's Little Helper". What is misleading about the two is that they are also essentially the same book with some slight updates but there is no disclosure on this. The older book has "Brainstorming Exercises" included and the content is arranged in a logical and cohesive manner. The newer version omits most of the brainstorming exercises (which are of no use anyways) and randomly breaks up sections of the writing process into mini nuggests throughout the book without any organization. This disrupts the unity of process that you find in his "You Can Write A Novel" book.

Here is the kicker though. All of his books are essentially the same material just rehashed and repackaged. Very misleading. Because of this, Smith loses a star in my review.

All in all, you just need this kit. Forget his other books and you will be in good shape! Just note, that the notepad sheets are not of index card thickness which are preferable. I have 3-hole punched my pads into a small zippered binder just to organize all of my loose sheets!

***A note to Smith, to make this book even more complete, perhaps in a future edition, it would be beneficial if you included the Koontz's discussion on titles that you mentioned or at least omit this reference; and to expand on or include a discusion on the following:

POV, Punctuation, Theme/premise/character arc, Flesch (as discussed in more detail in your other books), pronoun-antecedent/verb agreements, dangling modifers, split infinitives, sales letter & synopsis samples, subplots, flashbacks, a bibliography of suggested references & fiction story models, and some blank note pages behind the end of each chapter!

Also Smith, the Chapter Log Pad and Revision Tracker Pad included can be revised so that both pads can be combined into one pad for double duty, that way you could include an extra "Scene Development Pad" instead. One pad is not enough as each pad contains about 50 pages and on average, a novel usually falls around 60 scenes or so.

So Smith, It would be great if you could just focus on expanding this gem in future updates instead and forget about producing additional similar versions which are very misleading. Perhaps you could include some of the visual charts and graphs that are in "The Writer's Little Helper" into this book as well!

So now that you are informed novel writers, buy this kit and write your Novel today! :)
Jonide
This is a compact book that offers a vast amount of information. The book will guide my future writing. It offers many powerful tools, such as an inventory of potential characters, an ease of reading index, methods to improve dialogue, techniques for adjusting a story’s pace and a guide for dealing with publishers. The book stresses the importance of achieving the reader’s participation in the story. The book is clear and fast paced. It offers sprinklings of humor as well. I found the book extraordinarily helpful. I believe other writers will as well.
Winawel
My disclaimer: As with any opinion, it is only my opinion and these reviews will vary depending on who reads the book and what the reader is looking for. I look for ways to improve businesses and improve my skills.This book has many ideas that are usable by the new writer as well as experienced ones.

On a 1 to 5 scale, 5 being the best:

Readability: 4 It took me a few days to read through it, but it was still pretty easy to get through. Keep in mind that I didn't expect it to read like a novel. The material was presented in an easy to understand format. Good stuff!

Information and new ideas: 5 The book presents many new ideas in a logical manner.

Applicable Ideas: 5 I'm actually using this book in a class that I'm taking at the local community college. I'm confident that it will help me achieve my goal of writing my first fiction novel. Maybe Mr. Smith can review my book when it's completed?

Value: 5 I give this book a five. Yes, it was required by the class, but I was still looking for a book to help me develop my skills as a writer. I'm big on on process and this book clearly lays out the process for completing a quality novel. That doesn't mean that my idea for my story will be salable, but it does mean that it will be in good nonfiction form.

A 5 overall. If you want to write a novel, this will be the book for you.

Thank you James!

Rip Walker
Author:Rip's Book of Common Sense Selling: Improving Sales Through Process Implementation
Wishamac
If you actually want to get writing, this book is for you.

This book isn't a mystical cheerlead on the gift of writing, or a drawn-out analysis on the basic elements of fiction. This book is all about seat-in-the-chair/fingers-on-the-keyboard process! And not a long, drawn-out process of lengthy character biographies and overwhelming multi-page outlines. Too many books obsess over "the writing before the writing." This book is all about getting focused and then getting writing.

If you're ready to really produce something - not just dream about it - this book will help you do it.

I was skeptical till I tried it and surprised to found out how easy it was to get started! It's an excellent value - one of the most practical and useful books on novel writing that I own - and a definite keeper.

NOTE: THE ABOVE IS ONLY ABOUT THE *FIRST* EDITION. FOR THE 2ND EDITION, KEEP READING.

A disappointing rewrite. The first edition used old-school index cards and file folders, creating a portable, flexible system. Plus, he used a 10-scene strategy to quickly build the skeleton of the novel's plot.

All that is gone with this edition, and in fact, this book is now only for Word users, since it relies heavily on Word's "outline" view (a feature not currently available in OpenOffice or Google Docs). I'm glad I kept my old copy, as I think some of his improvements have left this method a little less accessible than previously.
Silvermaster
I reviewed this book at library and I liked it so much, that I've purchased it for my own writing library. The diagrams in how to setup character profile folder for major and minor characters then story and scene sketches were very helpful. I write the guts of my story using Word on my laptop, but I like having the skin and bones of my story in hard copy.

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