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S. Newman & H. Mittlemark - How Not to Write A Novel (2nd Hand Paperback)

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Many writing books offer sound advice on how to write well. This is not one of those books. On the contrary, this is a collection of terrible, awkward, and laughably unreadable excerpts that will teach you what to avoid - at all costs - if you ever want your novel published.

In How Not to Write a Novel, authors Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman distil their 30 years combined experience in teaching, editing, writing, and reviewing fiction to bring you real advice from the other side of the query letter.

Rather than telling you how or what to write, they identify the 200 most common mistakes unconsciously made by writers and teach you to recognize, avoid, and amend them.

With hilarious "mis-examples" to demonstrate each manuscript-mangling error, they'll help you troubleshoot your beginnings and endings, bad guys, love interests, style, jokes, perspective, voice, and more.

As funny as it is useful, this essential how-NOT-to guide will help you get your manuscript out of the slush pile and into the bookstore.

  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Very Good
  • Category : Non-Fiction : Education, Textbooks & How-To Books
  • Published : 2008 (This Edition 2009 - Penguin)
  • ISBN : 9780141038544
  • SKU : B002341
  • PPC : LL300gm
  • RRP : £9.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"A hilarious, wickedly observed and deeply useful guide." - The Observer, review by Kate Saunders.

"Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark have produced an invaluable guide." - The Independent.

"The teaching of creative writing just entered a whole new era with the publication of How Not to Write a Novel. Heavens, what a joy this book is . . ." - Lynne Truss.

"I don't know why I find Mittelmark and Newman so entertaining, but they crack me up. My default setting is silliness, and these two are good at silly, while also providing a lot of very helpful information." - Goodreads Review.

The Authors

Sandra Newman is an American writer. She has a BA from Polytechnic of Central London, and an MA from the University of East Anglia. Newman's first novel, The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done, was first published in 2002 and received a nomination for the 2002 Guardian First Book Award.

Howard Mittelmark is a writer, editor, and book critic living in New York. He is married to the novelist Sandra Newman.