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A Novel Idea: Learn How to Write a Novel in Under 60 Minutes (Writing With Excellence) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Eddie Jones

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Bonus Material:
Learn the Romantic Comedy formula
Learn the Cozy Mystery formula

This book includes instructional materials, notes, and handouts for workshops taught at a number of writers’ conferences. The intent of this book is to present the basic elements of novel writing in UNDER 60 MINUTES. In other words, it's a SHORT book. Do not expect lengthy explanations or examples of how to use these techniques. Think of this book as Cliff’s Notes© for a novelist. When your plot sags, dialogue drags, or scenes feel stale, pull out this book. Chances are, a quick review of the basics will inspire you to push on.

How to Write Romance & Romantic Comedy
Romantic comedies are stories with light-hearted, humorous plotlines that demonstrate how true love can overcome all obstacles. In a typical romantic comedy, the two lovers tend to be young, likable, and apparently meant for each other, yet they are kept apart by some complicating circumstance. A happy ending is always the result. Learn the basic story structure of Rom-Coms in less than ten minutes.

How to Write the Cozy Mystery
Despite changes within the book publishing industry, cozy mysteries remain popular. Cozy mysteries allow readers to fall in love with a quirky sleuth while at the same time solving a puzzle. Cozies avoid profanity, graphic violence, and overt sexual scenes. For readers, the payoff has less to do with “who done it” and more to do with “how the who done it.” Learn the basic story structure of cozy mysteries in less than ten minutes.

Plotting Simplified
We remember characters; we pitch plot. In this section you'll learn how to map your story using the "passage markers" that shape every story's journey. From introduction and motivation to your Lead's moment of maximum angst, you'll see how easy it is to develop a story line and keep your characters on the path to a compelling climax.

Been There, "Scene" That!
Making a scene is as easy as: ABCD - Action, Backstory, Conflict, Decision. A good scene reveals information that moves the story forward (new goals, old secrets, hidden motives), shows conflict between characters (adds tension), deepens the character’s development, and creates suspense (introduces a new wrinkle that leaves the reader hanging). Learn the three keys to scene summary, how to create memorable moments in your story, what four questions you should ask of each scene.

Dramatic Dialogue
Dialogue can breathe life into any fiction or non-fiction story. In this section we examine what a scene is: Doing (Action), Thinking (Narrative), and Talking (Dialogue). We examine when to tag, when to skip tags, and where to place tags, plist the types of dialogue - Direct, Reflective, Misdirected, Modulated, Descriptive, Breathless, and Compressed.

Creating Compelling Characters
Compelling characters are larger than life. They risk more, laugh often and love with passion. In this section you’ll learn how to invent both likable and loathsome characters, winners and losers, heroes and villains. Examine your Lead's motivation, focus on their flaws, and and explore the feelings or your hero/heroine. You’ll see how conflict, crisis, and consequences shape your characters.

Biographie de l'auteur

Eddie is Founder and CEO of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He is also an award-winning author with HarperCollins and co-founder of Christian Devotions Ministries. Learn more about Eddie at

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 68 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1938499891
  • Editeur : Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas; Édition : 1st (27 octobre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Keeps its Promise 27 avril 2013
Par Lisa Hess - Publié sur
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This book promises to teach the elements of a novel in under an hour. Clear, concise explanations and lots of white space that invites the reader to pause and absorb the information allows it to do just that.

But I didn't want to fly through the book in an hour. Though it's not daunting in its delivery, there's a lot of information here. Complex concepts are presented in easy-to-understand terms, and the section on dialogue alone was worth more than the price of the book, somehow managing to be both detailed and succinct.

If you're looking for a book with dissertations on the elements of a novel, this book isn't for you. It reads more like a series of signposts along the road, pointing the way to destination in language you can read and absorb as you fly by.
Linear thinkers may have difficulty with the author's approach, but writers in the brainstorming phase or those double-checking a novel before submission are likely to appreciate the free-flow, stream-of-consciousness approach.

Definitely worth more than its price.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Short, sweet, pithy 10 mai 2013
Par Normandie Fischer - Publié sur
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I was curious, and for a dollar, what could I possibly lose in adding this little book to my stockpile of writing references? This may be the shortest book on crafting fiction that's ever been written, but it didn't advertise itself as more than a tidbit, un soupcon, shall we say, of writing tips. It certainly didn't claim to be exhaustive.

In reality, it offered -- in those well-laid-out points -- a valuable checklist for each of us, no matter how many stories we've written.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A good refresher, with some minor formatting problems 18 mai 2013
Par L. A. Nicholas - Publié sur
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This little book is apparently a compilation of three booklets the author had previously offered as separate titles (no longer available in that format). I had already purchased two of them, but thought it would be handy to have this book, as it includes (apparently verbatim) the other two, plus a section on characterization.

Working on my first novel, I have read quite a number of books on various aspects of the novelistic craft (plot, dialogue, characterization, scene development). At the point when all the advice started running together in my head, I discovered Eddie Jones's Been There, Scene That and Plotting Simplified: Story Structure Tips for the Breakout Novelist. As Jones noted in the introduction of each, these were summary notes based on writing courses he teaches. I really liked them, because they summarized all that advice I had read in about a dozen different long books. Now that I am at the revision and editing stage of developing my novel, I find them useful, brief reminders of the various aspects of craft that I need to make sure get built into my story.

Apparently, Jones teaches using some of the same books I have read on the writing craft, so these booklets really proved useful overviews of what successful writers do and advise others to do. So when I saw this new title, incorporating everything in the two booklets I had already bought, plus one more on characterization, I bought it for the convenience of having all the tips in one Kindle book. I've no doubt that the notes on character building will be just as helpful as those on plotting and scene building. I didn't mind essentially repurchasing two titles I already have, since I'm getting all three (plot, scenes, characters) for the price of one ($1).

It's too bad that, for some reason, Jones no longer includes an introduction that explains that the book is essentially a set of notes based on courses he teaches. Readers need to know this, so that they don't expect a lot of lengthy explanation or examples of how to use techniques. For what it is (a summary, checklist, recap of more thorough instruction that can be found in other books), this title is very good. If you want something else or more, however, look elsewhere.

One other problem in this new edition is that all the subheads force page breaks, so sections as short as a single paragraph are on pages by themselves, which I find irritating. That problem needs to be fixed.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has been reading lots of books on novelistic craft (such as those by James Scott Bell, Donald Maas, Nancy Kress, etc.) and would like a quick overview that sums up the common wisdom on how to write novels in popular genres.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Small but mighty guide for fiction authors! 8 mai 2013
Par Elaine Marie Cooper - Publié sur
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For such an inexpensive book, I found a wealth of helpful information in "A Novel Idea!" Author Eddie Jones has compiled concise guidelines for all the aspects of developing a novel that will keep a reader consumed in your book. Everything from character development to dialogue to developing a memorable scene is covered, with moments of humor to keep a reader laughing. "A Novel Idea" should be used as a checklist for every author to compare their missives before submitting to a publisher.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Information from an Industry Leader 3 avril 2013
Par Edie Melson - Publié sur
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I know this book is presented as the written material for a class taught at writing conferences, but I found the info in here invaluable! Eddie Jones has a gift of breaking down information into manageable, repeatable bites. His insights are spot on and his delivery makes the book a great read.
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