How Not to Write a Novel by Sandra Newman & Howard Mittelmark

Regular price $26.95

ISBN 9780061357954

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 common mistakes, avoid them and actually write a book that works.

Guardian First Book Award shortlisted novelist Sandra Newman and veteran editor Howard Mittelmark have distilled thirty 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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