W. Somerset Maugham famously said, “There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
From the standpoint that every novel is unique, Maugham had a point. But, are there fundamentals inherent in writing long-form fiction?
Are these basics properly termed “rules”?
Might be a stretch, but, considering literary license is in play, it’s probably ok.
Are there just three?
However, a clear elucidation of the “rules” and how to use them is just what longtime author-editor William Noble delivers in “Three Rules for Writing a Novel.”
To guide you through the art and craft of writing your novel, Noble starts by asking three questions:
• What’s happening?
• Where am I?
• Who am I?
He then uses the answers to help you create a solid foundation for developing your story.
Employing anecdotes and examples liberally, Noble demonstrates how to add motivation to your story, establish a sense of place, create tension, develop characters, use dialogue, and more.
Get a copy of “Three Rules for Writing a Novel” and save yourself time and heartache.
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