Troubleshooting your fictional characters? Inventing a new person for your novel? This on-the-go checklist will help you hit the ground running. More than 100 master tips from an expert editor, fiction ghostwriter and writing coach whose sales exceed 4 million copies.
'Nail Your Novel is like a personal session with a writing mentor.'
What makes a reader fall in love with your book? Whether you write a story-based genre or literary fiction, it’s the characters. So how do you create fictional people who’ll keep readers hooked? How do you make them plausible, chilling, imperfect, lovable, intriguing, tormented or misunderstood? What if their lives are totally unlike your own? How do you write the opposite sex, historical characters, enigmatic characters who give little away? Villains?
This book is a super-zipped digest of tips for creating irresistible characters, extracted from the tutorials in Writing Characters to Keep Readers Captivated (Nail Your Novel 2). Use them as a handy checklist to create and deepen your fictional people, a guide for self-editing, or a prompt for discussion in your writing group.
Roz Morris published nearly a dozen novels and achieved sales of more than 4 million copies - and nobody saw her name because she was a ghostwriter. She is now proudly publishing as herself with two acclaimed literary novels My Memories of a Future Life and Lifeform Three. She has also been a writing coach, editor and mentor for more than 20 years with award-winning authors among her clients. She has a book series for writers, Nail Your Novel (and a blog nailyournovel.com), and teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London. She has a show on Surrey Hills Radio, So You Want To Be A Writer.
A neat little freebie that will be a handy introduction for anyone not already familiar with Roz Morris's excellent advice guides, which draw
on her many years' experience as a professional ghostwriter, novelist
and writing coach. Although this is a very short book, which you can
read in half an hour, it is worth taking much longer over it, as it's in
a very condensed form, and each of the 100 points is worth lingering
over and considering in depth. It's also worth keeping it to hand on
your Kindle to come back to as a checklist, next time you're
self-editing a story or when you get stuck with a character's
development and aren't sure where to go next. Thanks, Roz Morris, for a
very useful addition to my writing library! Debbie Young
This little book is an absolute must for aspiring writers as well as seasoned ones. Those who have already the author's 'Nail Your Novel vol.
2' will find the content somewhat familiar. In fact, as the author
mentions, this is a very condensed extraction from it. Yet, it
is extremely handy to have this very condensed reference as a checklist
at hand when needed. Either to enhance your characters, or to get help
when you get stuck with the plot development and some motivations.
definitely worth five stars. If there were several categories to
evaluate, like structure or usefulness, then I'd give this book five
stars in each category. Hans Maerker