Friday, February 1, 2013

You Can Write a Novel by James V. Smith, Jr.

James V. Smith, Jr., in You Can Write a Novel, 2nd Edition, recommends writing the 1) beginning incident of your book, 2) point of no return incident, and 3) ending of your book (climax and resolution) FIRST, then writing the rest of your first draft. Unusual advice, but incredibly helpful to assist in having a direction during the first draft.

Mr. Smith's use of Readability Levels (length of words, sentences, paragraphs) to decrease or increase the pacing of the incidents/scenes is more advanced than most revision-type methods; however, the book walks you through the method in easy instructional steps. I am looking forward to using this method for my final revisions.

My only con about the book is the small text in the hard copy; however, downloading the kindle version handily solved that issue. Definitely Recommend!

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