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How NOT to Write a Novel : 200 Mistakes to avoid at All Costs if You Ever Want to Get Published, Paperback / softback Book

How NOT to Write a Novel : 200 Mistakes to avoid at All Costs if You Ever Want to Get Published Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback


There are many ways prospective authors routinely sabotage their own work.

But why leave it to guesswork? Misstep by misstep, How Not to Write a Novel shows how you can ensure that your manuscript never rises above the level of unpublishable drivel; that your characters are unpleasant, dimensionless versions of yourself; that your plot is digressive, tedious and unconvincing; and that your style is reliant on mangled cliches and sesquipedalian malapropisms.

Alternatively, you can use it to identify the most common mistakes, avoid them and actually write a book that works. Guardian Award shortlisted novelist Sandra Newman and veteran editor Howard Mittelmark have distilled 30 years of teaching, editing, writing and reviewing fiction into a hilarious and liberating guide that is the perfect read for anyone who's ever laughed at a badly written piece of prose and for anyone who's ever penned one - and doesn't want to do it again.




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