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Official Review: Writing Your First Novel by John Reynolds

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Writing Your First Novel" by John Reynolds.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Writing Your First Novel by John Reynolds is an aptly titled practical guide for any and everyone who aspires to write fiction novels. Reynolds gives concise but clear advice on topics ranging from the conceptualization of the novel to the marketing of the finished product. At the time of writing this review, this book is available on Amazon.com as a Kindle e-book for USD 4.99. I believe that this author’s work is worth every penny.

I enjoyed reading this book. At first glance, the cover may seem like it has two blue blocks of inconsequential prose. However, after close examination, it is obvious that Reynolds has already started giving out golden advice to aspiring novelist on character development. The table of contents also reveals that the author has not neglected any of the key components of writing a novel. There are specific chapters dedicated to the plot, characters, dialogues, descriptive passages and grammatical components of the novel. There is even a chapter devoted to love and sex in regards to writing. The chapters also contain clearly defined subtopics. This makes the writing flow very smoothly and allows for the reader to be able to find specific information without having to sift through blocks of paragraphs.

Moreover, every chapter begins with a motivational quote on writing. My favorite one is, “if you would be a writer, write!” by Epictetus (featured at the start of the first chapter). Reynolds' also includes excerpts from novels including his own novels, Uncommon Enemy and Robyn Hood: Outlaw Princess. These excerpts serve as examples of do’s and don’ts of writing a novel. Also, I was really impressed by how succinct the author was able to make this book. There were no superfluous sentences. It is obvious that Reynolds paid attention to detail when writing this book.

I don’t have any negative feedback. I did not spot a single grammatical or formatting error. The author’s tone was conversational and it made it easy to accept his counseling. Reynolds' does not pretend to be the perfect writer. He shares his mistakes and admits to having asked others for constructive criticism with regards to his writing. He also acknowledges that there is no one set method to writing a novel. I believe that all writers would relate to Writing Your First Novel.

In conclusion, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I reiterate my comment that this book is for any and everyone who aspires to write fiction novels.

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I know you can save yourself unnecessary embarrassment if you learn from the mistakes of others. the writer of this book does not shy away from sharing his own mistakes with his intended audience. I found this to be very sincere of him which pushes me to consider reading this book. kudos to the reviewer for coming up with such an impressive. review
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Thanks Bookiegalke.
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I enjoyed reading your review. This novel is worth reading. Thank you?
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Nice review. Sounds like it is full of good advice. I wonder if the author gives any exercises throughout the book? Thanks!
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Darakhshan Nazir wrote:I enjoyed reading your review. This novel is worth reading. Thank you?
Glad you liked it! Thanks for reading and commenting.
kandscreeley wrote:Nice review. Sounds like it is full of good advice. I wonder if the author gives any exercises throughout the book? Thanks!
Thanks for reading and commenting Kandscreeley. There are no set exercises in the book but the author shares some exercises he uses to write while still maintaining a hectic lifestyle.
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Great review!!! I love to think that I would write my own novel one day so I am definitely looking at getting this book! Thanks!
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I would find it useful to have practical exercises to have a go at what advice I had just read. However if the advice and help on offer is good enough, then the reader can take this away and hopefully be in a better position to get started on their novel. A good review.
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Great review! I am starting my own fiction novel, and have had some doubts on how to go about writing. I think I'll have to look into this book to see if I could implement any advice.
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My favorite books are always the kind of books that teaches its readers on the craft of writing books. This sounds like a really good one.

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I might need this one sometime in the future. I have never written a novel before, but will like to... don't know if I will. If ever I do, this would a good book to pick up. Thanks for the review.
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I would love this in future; because I haven't written novel before but I will summound courage to do that thank you
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So I can go ahead and start writing my own novels after going through this educating piece..
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