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.
Writing Your First Novel
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