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by Robert J. Ray

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ISBN: 0823084434
Author: Robert J. Ray
Language: English
Publisher: Watson-Guptill (February 16, 2010)
Pages: 276
Category: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Subcategory: Reference
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 742
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The rewriting guide schedules 20 hours each weekend for 17 weeks for rewriting - at least as many hours as scheduled in TWN for completing the initial draft

Ships from and sold by GreenIceMedia. The rewriting guide schedules 20 hours each weekend for 17 weeks for rewriting - at least as many hours as scheduled in TWN for completing the initial draft. I found no particular merit in long sessions on weekends and reverted to the equivalent schedule of daily three-hour sessions.

Start by marking The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel: A. .No one who read The Weekend Novelist actually finished their book because Ray's instruction was too convoluted. High fives all around.

Start by marking The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel: A Step-by-Step Guide to Perfecting Your Work as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Robert J. Ray, who helped thousands of writers get from blank page to first draft in The Weekend Novelist, now guides the same audience through a series of seventeen weekend revision exercises designed to fit into any busy lifestyle, focusing on everything from rewriting scenes to developing sound flashbacks to refining characters’ back stories.

Meet the Author: Robert J. Ray.

a step-by-step method to identifying and fixing a novel's weaknesses, and then completing the work in a reasonable . Ray employs the same methods for isolating and dealing with key scenes in the novel, ensuring that the story is properly paced to hold the reader's interest throughout.

a step-by-step method to identifying and fixing a novel's weaknesses, and then completing the work in a reasonable timeframe. the key to a good, strong novel lies in working the subplots, because that is where a novel's detail comes from'. subplots become richer and contribute far more to a story. As well as using timed writing, and encouraging the writer to examine and code the elements of the novel, to be clear about what is and isn't working, Ray also turns to script-writing for further inspiration.

This companion to The Weekend Novelist shows you how to perfect your first draft and prepare it for submission to an agent or publisher. The writer is taken through a step-by-step process, which has been divided into a series of weekend programmes. By working through these steps, the writer learns how to rebuild their novel in a logical way, beginning first with the story structure and moving on to style revisions.

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Throughout the book, Ray illustrates his lessons with examples from such great works of literature as "Jane Eyre, " "Gorky Park," and "The Great Gatsby "so that writers may more easily identify how and why a certain technique or structural element helps or hinders their own work.

Readers for a decade have been instructed and inspired by The Weekend Novelist.

The Weekend Novelist shows writers of all levels how to divide their writing time into weekend work sessions, and how to handle character, scene, and plot. Readers for a decade have been instructed and inspired by The Weekend Novelist.

A step by step guide to perfecting your work. This companion to The Weekend Novelist shows you how to perfect your first draft and prepare it for submission to an agent or publisher.

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Authors Robert J. Ray and Jack Remick guide you through the entire mystery-writing . Books related to The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery. One of my books that is always within easy reach. Having read it and followed it more than once, I still read sections to help get me back on track. Ray and Jack Remick guide you through the entire mystery-writing process, from creating a killer to polishing off the final draft. Each weekend you'll focus on a specific task-learning the basics of novel-writing, the special demands of mystery-writing, and the secrets professionals use to create stories one scene at a time, building to a shivery, satisfying climax. I've published 4 mysteries thanks in part to this book.

This follow-up to the bestselling The Weekend Novelist will guide writers of all levels through the next phase in crafting their novel: the rewrite.  You’ve finished your first draft—congratulations! Think it’s ready for publication? Think again. The next stage is all about revising and reworking your manuscript—fine-tuning the plot, adding or improving subplots, and fleshing out characters; in short, addressing important structural issues that make or break a novel.  Robert J. Ray, who helped thousands of writers get from blank page to first draft in The Weekend Novelist, now guides the same audience through a series of seventeen weekend revision exercises designed to fit into any busy lifestyle, focusing on everything from rewriting scenes to developing sound flashbacks to refining characters’ back stories. Throughout the book, Ray illustrates his lessons with examples from such great works of literature as Jane Eyre, Gorky Park, and The Great Gatsby so that writers may more easily identify how and why a certain technique or structural element helps or hinders their own work. Also included are checklists, timed exercises, plot diagrams, and charts—all aimed to get you rewriting and revising your draft with confidence.  Whether you’re an amateur novelist, a seasoned writer who’s hit a mental block, or a creative writing teacher looking for proven exercises for better instruction, The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel provides the tools to transform first drafts into successful novels.

Comments:

Makaitist
The content is excellent, easy to read, and very helpful. Missing one star because of the gray print. I don't like having to pull out the glasses just to read stupid gray print. Otherwise a really great read. Kudos to the author and please inform your publisher that readers do not like gray print. Love all your Weekend Novelist books!
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After finishing this book completely, I'm giving it the final star. Very clear explanations and useful content. Well worth the effort. I think that some people are having trouble with the grid idea and breaking things down because they have a different writing process, but I found that it made it easier to keep the goals of the manuscript straight. Thank you again to the author for being so helpful.
Nekora
THE WEEKEND NOVELIST REWRITES THE NOVEL makes an excellent companion to Ray's "The Weekend Novelist" (TWN). But, what if you haven't read TWN? You still could follow this book -- thanks to its 11-page detailed glossary. The book also includes a witty rewrite-in-progress of a draft -- a draft that had been completed without its author having read TWN.

In rewriting, Ray focuses on restructuring, not mere copyediting (aka line-editing): "The key to rewriting your novel is not line-editing, the key is fixing the subplots. If you fix the subplots, then the manuscript will shape up" (page 7). The assumption here is that the writer has already structured the main plot with care. Ray suggests many restructuring exercises such as making separate grids for each subplot. Throughout, he presents structural analyses of a number of novels to illustrate craft concepts. The novels include:
literary contemporaries such as
The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler,
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys,and
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje;
literary classics like
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE,
JANE EYRE,
THE GREAT GATSBY
and a few genre novels like "Gorky Park" and "The Eye of the Needle."

Ray also comments on the screen adaptations of novels and suggests the "Rewrite mantra: to find story secrets, study good films" (p. 35). In both editions of TWN, the short list of recommended books for novel-writing include Syd Field's "The Screenwriter's Workbook." Field's pioneering book, "Screenplay,"
popularized the three-act structure (based on Aristotle's "Poetics") and added two plot points, which he defined "as any incident, episode, or event that hooks into the action and spins it around in another direction."

The second edition of "The Weekend Novelist" begins by noting: "Writing a novel in the twenty-first century is made complicated by the world of screens. It wasn't like that always....Screens have changed the writing world. When the writing world changes, the writer must change." To learn the new complications in the craft, I studied both editions of TWN.

In TWN first edition, Ray lucidly analyzes the fiction craft in one novel, Anne Tyler's "The Accidental Tourist," a great favorite of mine ("Anne Tyler is not merely good; she is wickedly good," wrote John Updike). Study of this edition effectivley teaches many characterization techniques. TWN, second edition, expands "the plotting section ...to give you a range of choices for building your book. The basic concept you need to build a plot is architecture" (ix). The second edition presents detailed craft analyses of five contemporary novels, including two with cyclical structural design. The five novels are:
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon;
Amsterdam: A Novel by Ian McEwan;
White Teeth: A Novel by Zadie Smith;
and the two with cyclical design,
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho;
The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri (film adaptation,The Namesake DVD).

Yes, the second edition does teach more complex plot-structures. Michael Chabon's "The Adventures of Klavier and Clay" is a great favorite of mine as I fully agree with his aesthetic that "a work of fiction must be first of all entertaining" (A recent conversation at UC Berkeley library). Another great favorite is Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Namesake," especially its cyclical plot structure. However, if you are plannig a linear plot structure, the TWN first edition (now out of print) might be adequate.

The rewriting guide schedules 20 hours each weekend for 17 weeks for rewriting -- at least as many hours as scheduled in TWN for completing the initial draft. I found no particular merit in long sessions on weekends and reverted to the equivalent schedule of daily three-hour sessions.

Although "The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel" could serve as a guide by itself, it'll clearly be more effective as a follow-up to the second edition of "The Weekend Novelist."

--C J Singh
Goldendragon
Though the ideas in this book might seem complicated at first, they are very useful and detailed. Even if you don't use every tip or follow the schedule to the letter, even the professional writer can find helpful ideas to improve a manuscript. One of the better writing books I have found.
Lli
This book was super helpful during the editing and polishing phases of my novel writing.
Urtte
I have The Weekend Novelist by the same author, and love this one. Why? Because it takes up where the other left off. In fact, I'm using it right now to go over a finished novel.

Recommended it highly.
The Sinners from Mitar
Best book on rewriting that I've read so far.
Fecage
Finally. A pragmatic, practical approach to re-writing that awful first draft. Full of hope, humor, and helpful hints, and guaranteed to help you see the light at the end of the re-write tunnel. Well worth the investment in time and treasure.
I'm an addict for "how to" books on revision/rewriting of fiction, and this one was a "fix" ...until the next good one comes along. Not quite as good as " Story Fix" by Larry Brooks. Every bit as good as Ray's "The Weekend Novelist." The glossary of literary terms at back is a nice bonus. I found the 'Writer X' example (that author uses throughout the book to drive home each chapter topic) a bit lame/lacking.

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