In 1957 John Braine was a Yorkshire librarian with an impressive collection of publishers' rejection slips. But then his first published novel was an instant best seller and ROOM AT THE TOP launched him on a career as one of Britain's most successful novelists. Experiences like his are what keep Britain's 500,000 spare-time writers plugging away, hoping for publication and perhaps even a moment of fame.
Few people understand as well as John Braine the torments of the hopeful unknown. For everyone who, as he did, faces spare-time writing and the indifference of publishers, he wrote this book. It is not a treatise on the art of fiction. Braine calls it 'a tour of his workshop' - a practical manual which tells the aspiring writer everything about writing a publishable first novel. With a wealth of quotations and advice, know-how and technique, this is a book which really works - and which can be applied successfully by anyone with the basic urge to write.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 25/04/1974
- Category: Writing & editing guides
- ISBN: 9780413315403
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Review by Greatrakes
Braine wrote this book in 1975, well before computer programmes designed to guide the would be novelist through the process, even so I enjoyed this book, which was an impulse swap, on ReaditSwapit.I have only ever heard of one novel by John Braine, <i>Room at the Top</I>, which was his first and most successful novel. I've never read anything by him, so I'm not sure if I would want take his advice on novel writing. The book is a practical handbook, with some bizarre tips for success, like: don't get married, be over 35, don't do any research. And some very specific instructions, such as: it must have 60,000 words and twenty chapters. It seems you should write the first draft right through, never correcting, then summarise it in 2000 words and rewrite it a few times until it hangs together. Sounds as good a way as any, now I just need to get divorced and find the time