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Book Review: Your Novel, This Month by @ml_keller #bookreview #writingadvice

I’m so excited to share blogging friend Michele’s awesome book. I had the chance to read an ARC copy and learned a lot from it. You might know her as The Manuscript Shredder.

50,000 words in 30 days?
Sounds insane, doesn’t it? But with enough focus and dedication even the casual wordsmith can reach this goal. All you need is a guide. With daily writing goals and easy to follow tips and tricks, this book will help you not only end November with 50,000 words but also a well-crafted story.

In this book you will learn to
• follow contemporary plot structure
• identify and implement major plot points
• tie your story together through thematic elements
• write engaging prose
• create memorable characters
• avoid common pitfalls and clichés
• edit your draft in the right order

Let The Manuscript Shredder help you bring your story to life.
Write better. Write faster. Write Your Novel, This Month

Check it out on Goodreads.

My Review

“Many writing teachers will tell you to write what you know, but this does not mean that you can only write stories about people who look like you and have the same life experiences you have had. I’m fairly certain Tolkien never had to toss a ring of power into a volcano. ‘Write what you know’ refers to writing what you know and understand emotionally.”

Absolutely brilliant!

There are worksheets to help you write your novel in one month. (I printed them out and I’m going to try that with my next novel.)

My only problem with the book is that you have to be familiar with three movies I specially had to watch before being able to continue the book (Inside Out, The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie). I have, of course, already read The Hunger Games (a few times), so that was a good example to use. You’ll be a bit lost with the examples if you aren’t familiar with these stories. (Inside Out is really good, BTW.)

I would’ve liked chapter numbers, too. (But maybe that’s just me.)

This is a good book (especially) for beginning writers. The author tells you exactly what to do and what to avoid when writing your first draft (and it’s also a good check-list when editing). I wish I had this a decade ago when I just started out.

The author takes you step-by-step through the process of writing a well-structured novel. Absolutely worth the read.

I recommend this to everyone who aspires to be a published author. And everyone else who would like a great reminder of what a story should look like.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Shelves: Non-Fiction, Writing Craft

Oh, Michele told me that in the final version chapter numbers were added, so yay!

What are you waiting for? Get this guide to better your writing right now.

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