Thursday, July 2, 2015

How to Start, Write, and Finish Your First Novel by Alan Black

How to Start, Write, and Finish 
Your First Novel
by Alan Black

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: June 19, 2015
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: Non-Fiction
Print Length: 164 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
 Here you will find everything from turning your initial ideas into story generation, from beating writer’s block, to keeping your writing moving forward from story concept to knowing where and how to end your story. The following is a sample.

“WRITE THE CLIMAX FIRST
It is said that the hardest paragraph to write is the first paragraph of any book. So, don’t start there. Remember rule number three? We don’t have to write a book in the same order we read the book. Write the end first. Then back up and get the characters to the end as quickly as possible.

We became writers because we were readers first. Our natural inclination is to write our novel like we read a book, from front to back, beginning to end, start to finish. That just isn’t always the correct or only way. We write in any order that gets us writing and keeps us writing…”

 
 How to Start, Write, and Finish Your First Novel 
by Alan Black

How to Start, Write, and Finish Your First NovelHave you ever read a book and thought, “I didn’t see THAT coming,” or “Thank goodness I dragged myself through the first 30% because the last 70% was fantastic!” ??????? Or, how about, “I could write better than that!” or “I wish I had the guts to do what these people have done…” ?????????

Truth, I would be clueless where to start, I see myself as having a mazillion ideas and be running willy-nilly across the ages, no patience, no real plan, and worse, no organization…totally me.

Listen up budding authors, experienced authors, or anyone who knows someone with that “author” potential, the ever versatile Alan Black has gone all non-fiction on us and written a book on how to write a book that is fun, entertaining and full of great ideas, plans and Mr. Black’s own sense of wry humor. How to Start, Write and Finish Your First Novel made so much sense to me, that I was in awe of his thought process and advice! Don’t get me wrong, this is NOT Writing for Dummies, but a logical, and easily understood method to produce YOUR first novel! Mr. Black’s suggestions and easy manner, while admitting the importance of baby steps is difficult to adhere to, the odds of creating a quality piece of work would be greatly increased!

Is the genre you choose NOT the current rage? Are your ideas NOT 100% original? If your writing is good, your plot well-paced and the very best you have to offer, following Alan Black’s method could make you the next author to watch for or at least an author with talent and the ability to tell a story that people WANT to read! Take a look at Alan’s list of novels, impressive and varied, but each one is well-written, entertaining and well-edited, he must be doing something “write.” Yeah, yeah, I sound like an infomercial, but heck, even I would have the guts to express my writing abilities to the world after reading How to Start, Write and Finish Your First Novel, and, of course I would have Alan Black review it!

I think what Alan Black is trying to do is to give a future writer a firm foundation to take the leap from and he does it well!

I received this copy from Alan Black in exchange for my honest review, and no, it did not color my opinion.

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