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How to Write a Novel: Step-by-Step | Essential Romance Novel, Mystery Novel and Fantasy Novel Writing Tricks Any Writer Can Learn

Writing Best Seller Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Erin Fossa
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Struggling as an author? 

Do you have an amazing story in mind, but you can’t get it down on paper? You’ve got the idea and the characters but soon run out of steam? Perhaps you are a beginner and need help putting it all together. Whatever your reason, this audiobook helps to unlock the secrets of novel writing in simple-to-follow ways that will bring significant results fast.  

Tips to write engrossing page-turners 

How to Write a Novel: Step-by-Step provides a breakdown of essential aspects of writing romance, fantasy, and mystery novels and unveils crucial tips and tricks that will help flesh-out the characters in your book. Sandy Marsh assists in creating compelling plots and weaving stories that your readers will be fully immersed in.  

This is an audiobook that quickly gets to the heart of the matter in a clear and concise way.  

New and experienced authors will rapidly find answers to what they need.  

Content summary

Each section is summarized with a series of short questions to help inspire deeper reflection. These are:  

  • The outline - How to refine major schemes and subplots that make sense to the reader and also your protagonist.  
  • The setting - The art of crafting a sense of place and how to work with multiple locations & time-periods.  
  • Point of view - Helping you to form the best character perspectives for your story.  
  • Characters - The best way to choose your central character to drive the story forward and one in whom your audience will discover a gripping read.  
  • Conflict - How and when to use struggle to keep the reader engaged.  
  • Additional tips - A final section that motivates the author to think differently to engage emotion and lose the reader in the heart of the story. Marsh helps an author to think outside of the box when faced with overused clichés.
©2017 Sandy Marsh (P)2018 Sandy Marsh

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good tips for writing to keep in mind.

it is not long, so it makes a good reference guide even as an audiobook.

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written very well

I’m a writer myself and I’ve been in this industry for as long as I can remember and I want to find out what this book has to give to guide other newbie. This has been written very well and it’s evident that the author is a pro at it.

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Not the best for Plotting, but the rest is Great!

As a professional ghostwriter with many years under my belt, I thought it would be interesting to pick up this book and see what it had to offer. I was very pleasantly surprised! This, to clarify, is my first audiobook, so I can't rate the narration too much compared to others, but as far as book content, here are my thoughts to help anyone who might be on the edge about buying it:

Cons-- I'll start with the bad. The only thing I wish this book did better was the plotting section. I thought it was somewhat lacking, but then again, I am a professional and I expected something a little more geared towards my experience level. For a beginner, there is certainly nothing wrong with it. If you want a personal recommendation, check out Holly Lisle's Create a Plot Clinic (or the mini course) if you are looking for a more in-depth plotting system.

Pros-- There are way more pros than cons for this book. I thought the rest of the book was spot-on. Though it didn't go into as much detail as some, it provided a lovely amount of knowledge and it felt almost like a motivational speech. There are no worksheets here. This is great for getting started or getting finished. I in particular liked the way that the setting was described. As someone with a lot of experience under my belt, I was worried about it coming off as too basic and boring, but I think it truly is something that anyone, from a first timer to a long-time professional, could enjoy.

In conclusion, I'd recommend buying this book

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What a snooze fest, too basic

basic, basic. I found myself willing it's end so I could re-listen to other writing books I actually enjoyed.

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highly recommended

This was very interesting and exciting subject. I would recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys listening to how to write a Novel.

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a rewarding experience for me.

This is why audiobooks like this matter. It’s when my brain has the power to digest things, but I don’t have the ability to hold a book at the moment. Listening to this guide has been a rewarding experience for me.

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I am officially underwhelmed

Not very good. At all. I thought I'd be hearing some unique tips for writing. I've gained more from watching YouTube writing videos. I'm just not impressed.

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Thanks to the author

The author has presented such a useful book for me, Personally, i was looking for this book for so long. Thanks to my friend who give this book. Really felt good to listen to it.

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user friendly

I would give this book five stars, I would definitely recommend the book as an extremely readable and user-friendly.

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prefect

I hope that's the perfect guidebook for all. Well written via writer. If your interest takes it and follows up. Thankful for Author.