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.
There’s also a companion workbook:
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.’
From Publetariat: ‘This book is a plotter’s dream (and can help pantsers too)’
From Sarah Peppel, Genesis Moments, A Writer’s Journey: ‘One chapter in and I was ready to write PAGES and PAGES.’
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.
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.’