Book Corner…5/30/19 Nathan Bransford’s How to Write a Novel Loleta Abi

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Book Corner…5/30/19 Nathan Bransford’s How to Write a Novel

Loleta Abi

How to Write a Novel by Nathan Bransford. Amazon Digital Services. Jan. 18, 2014.

Amazon’s blurb: The most important thing to know about writing a novel is this: You can do it. And if you’ve already written one, you can write an even better one. Author and former literary agent Nathan Bransford shares his secrets for creating killer plots, fleshing out your first ideas, crafting compelling characters, and staying sane in the process. 

Read the guide that New York Times bestselling author Ransom Riggs called “The best how-to-write-a-novel book I’ve read.”


“Nathan Bransford’s primer is full of thoughtful, time-proven advice on how to write a novel. Nathan can sound both like a reassuring friend and a tough, no-nonsense coach. Whatever kind of novel you’re writing, Nathan’s insights will make you think about your process and help you find your own way to success.”
– Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of DOWNFALL

“Nathan Bransford is sharp, thoughtful, and a must-read for all aspiring authors. His advice is not only funny and insightful, it’s essential for writers at any stage in their careers.”
– Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of SHATTER ME

“Nathan Bransford’s book on how to write a novel is smart, generous and funny as hell. Read it. No matter where you are in your writing life, whether you’re on your first book or are a grizzled, multi published veteran, you’ll find practical advice to help you through the process — and plenty of wisdom to inspire you along the journey.”
– Lisa Brackmann, author of ROCK PAPER TIGER

“Equal parts encouraging and butt-kicking, hilarious and wise, Nathan Bransford’s no-nonsense manifesto talks you through the process of getting the book of your dreams out of your head and onto the page. Whether you’ve been writing for five minutes or fifty years, this is the guide for you.”
– Sarah McCarry, author of ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS

My Review: I found the book to be a straight-forward discussion of how to write the best novel you can. He begins with outlining and takes you through the steps of process you can take as a pantser or plotter. He discusses hooks, how important the first pages of your novel are, how important the end is. He even discusses what to do after you finish your novel, the marketing, and what to write next. From an agent to a children’s author, he’s seen both sides of the fence and has a lot to relate.

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