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Monday, November 26, 2012

Review: You Can Write a Novel

You Can Write a Novel by James V. Smith, Jr. is a good read about the ins and outs of writing a novel. Smith is interactive and informative in his writing, giving lots of helpful advice, particularly when it comes to marketing the novel. With his 40 cardinal rules, he clearly lays out the body of his expertise, leaving no stone unturned. Also of note is his advice on writing dialogue. It gives the reader a good idea of how to write good conversation. Included in the book are several card templates, for Major and Minor characters, as well as scene cards, meant to help construct scenes. These, along with other items in what Smith calls the Writer's Toolkit, are an invaluable asset. On the whole, this book is a good read for any aspiring novelists and writers.

RATING: 9/10

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