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How Not to Write a Novel PDF

If you are an aspiring novelist who wants to avoid the common pitfalls of writing fiction, you might be interested in reading How Not to Write a Novel, a humorous and helpful guide by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman. This book is available in PDF format from various online sources, such as [Scribd] and [Perlego].

How Not to Write a Novel is not your typical writing advice book. Instead of telling you how or what to write, it shows you what not to write by providing 200 examples of terrible, awkward, and laughably unreadable excerpts from fictional manuscripts. These "mis-examples" illustrate the most common mistakes unconsciously made by writers, such as clichés, plot holes, inconsistent characters, unrealistic dialogue, bad jokes, and more. The authors also explain how to recognize, avoid, and amend these errors, and offer tips on how to improve your writing style, voice, perspective, and structure.


The book is divided into six sections, each covering a different aspect of novel writing: Plot, Character, Style, Perspective and Voice, The World of the Novel, and The End. Each section contains several chapters that focus on specific topics, such as "The Problem of Originality", "The Problem of Evil", "The Problem of Humor", "The Problem of Point of View", "The Problem of Research", and "The Problem of Resolution". Each chapter contains a brief introduction followed by a series of mis-examples with witty commentary from the authors.

The tone of the book is humorous and sarcastic, but also informative and insightful. The authors use their 30 years of combined experience in teaching, editing, writing, and reviewing fiction to bring you real advice from the other side of the query letter. They also draw on examples from classic and contemporary literature to show you how successful writers have avoided or overcome the same problems that plague novice writers. The book is not meant to discourage or mock aspiring writers, but rather to help them learn from their mistakes and improve their craft.

How Not to Write a Novel is a fun and useful read for anyone who wants to write fiction or simply enjoy a good laugh. It will teach you what to avoid at all costs if you ever want your novel published, and how to make your manuscript stand out from the slush pile. Whether you are writing your first novel or your tenth, this book will help you hone your skills and avoid the pitfalls of bad writing.


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