Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Review: 90 Days to Your Novel by Sarah Domet

Title:  90 Days to Your Novel
Author:  Sarah Domet
Genre:  Writing/Reference
Publisher:  Writer's Digest Books
Release Date:  November 29, 2010
File Size/Pages:  624 KB/290 pgs
Source:  Bought

My Rating:  3/5

Summary:  Many famous authors write their novels in a matter of weeks. William Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying in six weeks. Joyce Carol Oates often cranks out two or three books a year. Stephen King believes first drafts should take no more than three months to complete. So, what's the trick? Novel writing isn't about inspiration. It's about the time, energy, and discipline to see the project to its finish.

With The 90-Day Novel at your side, now is the time. This inspiring guide will be your push, your deadline, and your spark to finally, without excuses, and in three short months, nail that first draft of your novel.

The difference between wanna-be writers and real writers is the difference between talk and work. If you commit to the schedule and the techniques within The 90-Day Novel and invest two to three hours a day for twelve weeks, you will complete your book. An outline will appear. Characters will take shape. A plot will emerge. Scenes will come together and form a story worth reading. And then the talking can begin!

This helpful guide provides:
  • Instruction that distills the elements of the novel—from crafting your outline to developing intriguing characters and believable plots
  • Strategies for gaining support from your family and friends
  • Motivating insights about writing and writers to minimize your inevitable moments of doubt
  • A schedule to keep you in the writing zone and keep you focused, creative, and working
Whether you're writing your first novel or your third, this guide provides the coaching, the planning, and the writerly commiseration to help get your book written.

Review:  Every once in a while I like to indulge in novels that talk about writing. Of course, as an aspiring writer I know that reading novels about writing doesn't make you a writer...writing makes you a writer. As a plotter, I was anxious to read this novel, and I didn't mind paying the $9.99 for it. Instead of following along with novel, and stopping to complete the exercises, I read the novel straight through. There were a few tips and exercises I found handy, but overall I didn't really enjoy this novel like I thought I would. It was okay, but if you're a writer who already have an idea of what you want your novels to be about, then this novel is probably not for you. The first few weeks were trying to come up with ideas, when I was hoping for more of a book about outlining.

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