How Not to Write a Novel

How Not to Write a Novel 200 Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs If You Ever Want to Get Published

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Publisher's Synopsis

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 clichés 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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780141038544
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 808.3
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 262
Weight: 200g
Height: 197mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 17mm