BOOK REVIEW: THIS YEAR YOU WRITE YOUR NOVEL
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Do you want to write a novel? Have you given up trying to write your novel? Now is your chance to get some lessons and advice from a pro, Walter Mosley.
Walter Mosley points out that if you really want to write a novel, you can do it in just one year. In this book, he gives you motivation and instruction on how to write your novel. He also stresses that writing a novel is not as difficult as one might think. Mr. Mosley, of course, is not guaranteeing that you will have a bestselling book (it could happen - anything is possible) but he is saying you will have the personal satisfaction of having written a novel.
Mr. Mosley begins his instruction with the general disciplines that every writer needs. One of the most important disciplines is writing every day whether it is morning or night. This is a must because you need to get the work done and connect with the unconscious mind. He continues on to explain the other disciplines in detail.
Other chapters included are "The Elements of Fiction" where he gives detailed information on the narrative voice, first-person narrative, and third person narrative and the omniscient narrator, which he believes, is the most powerful and most difficult narrative form. He also gives examples of these different styles. There is a chapter on "Where to Begin" which involves how someone starts to write their first words. "Rewriting or Editing" is also a chapter a beginning writer will find very useful.
If you have ever seriously considered writing a novel, this book is one you should read. What more could you ask for then to receive some instructions and guidelines from one of the best writers around today. Reading this book is like having your own personal instructor right there in the room with you as you begin this dream. This book is loaded with information on writing a book - from the very beginning to the end - including the drafts and editing. Walter Mosley sums it up very nicely when he states "Don't let any feeling keep you from writing. Don't let the world slow you down. Your story is the most important thing coming down the line this year. It's your year-make the most of it".
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