How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling
by James N. Frey
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PublisherSt. Martin's Press
Release Date1987-12-15 (added to CC 19 May 2004)
Amazon Sales Rank5,788
Written in a clear, crisp, accessible style, this book is perfect for beginners as well as professional writers who need a crash course in the down-to-earth basics of storytelling. Talent and inspiration can't be taught, but Frey does provide scores of helpful suggestions and sensible rules and principles.

An international bestseller, How to Write a Damn Good Novel will enable all writers to face that intimidating first page, keep them on track when they falter, and help them recognize, analyze, and correct the problems in their own work.

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First book I've ever read about writing. Worked wonders with it's useful, practical advice.
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(24 May 2007)
I just bought it, and am halfway through. It's a damn good book on its own. The lauguage is crisp, clear, and consise. Mr. Frey explains what novels work, and why. He also gives examples of poor writing which i found quite revealing. I'm going to re read all my short stories with my newly gained knowledge.

(22 May 2007)
I love this book - it finally explained to me the difference between a theme and a premise, and why the premise is so important and how to use it well. Buy it now!
(11 Sep 2004)
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