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How to Write a Novel

A Practical Guide to the Art of Fiction

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Author: Anonymous
Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 36,928 / 115 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.4
Downloads: 6,162
Added to site: 2012.02.27
mnybks.net#: 31346
Genre: Instructional

This little book is one which so well explains itself that no introductory word is needed; and I only venture to intrude a sentence or two here with a view to explain the style in which I have conveyed my ideas. I desired to be plain and practical, and therefore chose the direct and epistolary form as being most suitable for the purpose in hand.

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y all thoughts of rule and law--nay, in time, his very ideas assume artistic form.

FOOTNOTES:

[1:A] The New Century Review, vol. i.

[5:A] "Shakespeare: His Mind and Art," p. 61.

[7:A] Article in The New Age.

CHAPTER II

A GOOD STORY TO TELL

Where do Novelists get their Stories from?

I said a moment ago that no teaching could impart a story. If you cannot invent one for yourself, by observation of life and sympathetic insight into human nature, you may depend upon it that you are not called to be a writer of novels. Then where, it may be asked, do novelists get their stories? Well, they hardly know themselves; they say the ideas "come." For instance, here is the way Mr Baring Gould describes the advent of "Mehalah." "One day in Essex, a friend, a captain in the coastguard, invited me to accompany him on a cruise among the creeks in the estuary of the Maldon river--the Blackwater. I went out, an

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
2014.01.27
Greg B.
****.

A very handy book for anyone contemplating writing a book. It smartly divides the art of writing into its integral components, divide and conquer, as they say.
Greg B.

2012.12.25
Reader
****.

I don't know why the author chose to be anonymous. This is a very interesting and practical book about the process of writing a novel. (I had no idea how much work it takes.) I wasn't going to write a novel, but I like knowing how it's done.


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