Most books on novel-writing will make you read hundreds of pages about character arcs, inciting incidents, heroes’ journeys. It’s great to know that – but while you’re reading about it you’re not writing your book.
And what these books don’t tell you is how to use this learning and get the job done. Nail Your Novel holds your hand all the way. It’s a writing buddy – and mentor – to get you from beginning to end.
In 10 easy steps Nail Your Novel will tell you:
- how to shape your big idea and make a novel out of it
- how to do your research and how to use it
- how to organise your time.
- how to plot and build characters
- when you’re going to hit problems and what to do about them
- how to write on the days you don’t feel inspired
- how to reread what you’ve written and polish it.
Along the way, Thumbnail Notes give tutorials about storytelling and storycraft – strictly when you need them. I’ve written more than a dozen novels that have made it into print – and this is how I did it.
You don’t even need to read the whole book before you get started. You read a section, then do as it says. And, once you’re finally satisfied, Nail Your Novel will tell you how to sell it to publishers and agents.
You’ve dreamed of writing a novel. Don’t procrastinate with another theory book. Don’t launch in, get stuck and throw your hard work in a drawer. Nail your novel.
Praise for Nail Your Novel
From Cendrine Marrouat, Canada Art Reviews Examiner: ‘Over the years, I have become particularly leery about their authors − self-proclaimed experts who spend their time rehashing old ideas. However, Morris is different. She is an expert with an innovative mind who can teach you a new thing or two about writing.’ Read the full review here
From Sarah Peppel, Genesis Moments, A Writer’s Journey: ‘One chapter in and I was ready to write PAGES and PAGES.’ Read the full review here
From Write It Sideways, favourite books on writing: ‘takes you from page one to done, breaking down the process of writing a novel into easily digested bites. It’s also filled with great activities to help you get unblocked if you get stuck. Read the full review here
From Webbweaver: ‘We are constantly being bombarded with questions from aspiring authors about the writing process and how to stick with it. This book answers all those questions and more.’ Read the full review here
What I love about this book, and about people like Roz, is the no-nonsense, confident approach to resolving issues and some of these are as pressing for writers of fiction as they are for those of non-fiction.
In Nail Your Novel you’ll find the five big problems that affect us all: losing enthusiasm, confidence or track, catching project-envy (I’ve got this badly), and lamenting a lack of time.
But this book doesn’t simply dwell on problems to great philosophical depths, for its strength is the offering of solutions that you can implement this very second.
When I sent the link to a non-fiction writer I know, she told me that the emphasis on planning and not jumping in too early was the greatest advice anyone can receive. Thus my dear reader I urge to go and grab your copy even if you think that your book about railways couldn’t possibly benefit from a bit of research into how a good novel is crafted. Read it anyway, it may just surprise you.