[E–pub] How to Write a Damn Good Novel II Advanced Techniues For Dramatic Storytelling AUTHOR James N. Frey
Not uite where it needs to be to see to your Damn Good Novel Sport music acting writing If you want to be good enough that thousands of people pay to watch you can t ust do it on your native brilliance James N Frey has coached Thousands Of Writers Seen The Mistakes We All Make And of writers seen the mistakes we all make and plenty of ideas to nudge us in the right directions Common sense matter of fact light at times personal I found this very helpful This second volume is in places a bit speculative than the first but both titles are gems Any of us writers willing to eat humble pasty and learn from others will learn plenty from this My favourite books on the craft of fiction writing Even better than its predecessor which is often not the case also and also often not true this is useful either with or without having read the first bookThe tone is breezy informal and direct The author provides a lot of specific advice at least as much of it what not to do as what to do and the reasons Often he gives examples of mistakes he made early in his own career and the lessons he learned #He Also Provides Plentiful Anonymous #also provides plentiful anonymous of things other writers did that didn t work and why and non anonymous some of writers he s known whom he considers excellentFrey is very clear about which readerwriters he s addressing as his target audience It s not about genre although he heaps scorn on those who write with the aim of showing what creative geniuses they are rather than because they have a story they want very much to tell but in the closing part of the book in particular he is passionate himself about how vital it is for the reader to be eually passionate about what heshe wants to say with a novelExcellent and highly recommended There are a few things How to Write a Damn Good Novel II Advanced Techniues is not it is not a magic wand it is not a waste of time it is not light reading and it is not a book for the beginning writer This book assumes that you have a reasonable grasp on how to formulate a plot write characters and handle a premise without which your plot is ust another absurdist comedy regardless of your pacing or gripping action seuences Premise is what your book aims to prove in around 80000 words If you haven t spent at least a few thousand hours on writing then this book likely will not be as useful to you as another book on the bare bones of writing As promised in the title Frey delivers hard hitting advice on how to write with increased complexity and realism He starts off with a chapter on the Fictive dream which it is your ob as the author to induce and how it s not in fact a dream at all but a trance The following chapters are like nested for loops for the coders or the dreams within a dream from Inception for everyone else If you re one of the three people that hasn t seen Inception basically it s a multi layered frame tale like that old shaggy dog about the scout leader telling a story about the scout leader telling a story about the scout leader ad nauseum EXCEPT Your stories better only induce nausea from terror and wicked descriptions not bore. Aspiring authors Here in How to Write a Damn Good Novel II Frey offers powerful advanced techniues to build suspense create fresher interesting characters and achieve greater reader sympathy empathy and identification How to Write a Damn Good Novel II also warns against the pseudo rules often inflicted upon writers rules such as The author must always be invisible and You must stick to .
Dom or your writing dreams are DOARead my full review at It s ust amazing book The words clear and clean like Hemingway use to do #i learned a lot of things about the characters and the staff must including the #learned a lot of things about the characters and the staff must including in the I strode within pages and climb to the summit to discover the craft of making o damn good novel Premise charactersand all chapter were useful for writers Years ago when I was still flirting with the idea of writing I picked of James Frey s How To Write A Damn Good Novel For all the book was worth it was lost on me because well I was only flirting with the idea which reminds me I m due for a reread of that This time around reading the seuel to that and no longer flirting around with the idea of writing I can t measure in words the extent to which I ve taken to heart all the advice in this book The most important thing to take to heart are the 7 deadly sins of writing 1 Timidity Oh this is the worst2 Trying to be Literary 3 Ego Writing4 Failure to Learn To Re dream the Dream5 Failure to Keep Faith With Yourself God how many of us have fallen prey to this6 Wrong Lifestyle7 Failure to Produce Time Slipping Away Writer s BlockThis book is short concise no nonsense approach and a must read for all writers I ve been reading this book bit by bit as part of a self imposed weekly study day I ve found bits of it really useful and bits of it really not useful What I tend to think nowadays is that reading techniue books is nearly
always valuable even you don t learn anything new or revolutionary as long as you read a wide variety and approachvaluable even you don t learn anything new or revolutionary as long as you read a wide variety and approach all with an open but grounded mind The biggest problem with this book is that it claims to deal with advanced techniues I imagine most serious writers will agree that there is nothing particularly advanced about any of the techniues outlined in this book I haven t read How to Write a Damn Good Novel I but I suspect it is the need to expand on this that has led to the use of the word advanced That said I found Frey s style engaging and readable enough that I was comfortable with weighing up my own opinion and mentally arguing when I didn t agree I found it useful to think about genres that I don t write in and I found the constant reference to the same two or three texts really useful to thinking about techniue and style It was interesting to peek into another writer s process and it was valuable to think about how writing is taughtOverall I think this is a valuable read for any fiction writer You don t have to agree with everything Frey says to get something out of it you ust have to be strong enough to disagree ReedIII uick Review This is a worthy continuation of Frey s first book Useful practical information as before Emotionally and intellectually covers not ust how but also why to write fiction I ve presented at scores of writers conferences on nonfiction topics and sat in on many fiction workshops but most are a bit vapid Not Jim s He gives you meat and potatoes you can take home to fuel your own fiction If you are thinking of writing a novel read this boo. Single viewpoint in a scene which cramp the imagination and deaden the narrative Frey focuses instead on promises that the author makes to the reader promises about character narrative voice story type and so on which must be kept if the reader is to be satisfied This book is rich instructive honest and often tellingly funny about the way writers sometimes fail their readers and themselve. .
This is book is a follow up to How to Write a Damn Good Novel but even if you didn t read Frey s first book this book delivers as promised and is also a book you could return to time after time for inspiration Filled with great tips written in a uniue way and with lots of examples Frey covers gaining sympathy and empathy from readers by using simple details getting readers to identify with characters and compelling readers to tune in to what will happen to your characters The premise of a story Frey says can be found in the subtext As an example he gives an of the Three Little Pigs a story about wisdom and foolishness not home construction The authorreader contract is about authors writing with readers in mind In the section called the seven deadly mistakes Frey mentions being timid with honest criticism and looking for puff groups as a mistake Another mistake is not being honest with yourself about having the wrong lifestyle for a writer and most of a failure to believe in yourself Another mistake might be not reading this book I look forward to reading about writing from James Frey There are problems with this book clearly problems with the entire idea that Frey has embarked on teaching for he had to come up with a second book in his treatise on how to write a novel This is a book that deals with the Craft of writing fiction Throughout the work and the previous work Frey is good enough to uote from many texts to support his concept on how to write your workClearly it does work for him and others It will see you to the finish of writing a novel This book does add and even contradicts the previous work and the concept can not #stand without the first book But it is is still slim Both works should be sold and reedited as one work #without the first book But it is is "Still Slim Both Works Should Be Sold "slim Both works should be sold reedited as one work two In one place Frey speaks to his immortality through this work That future literary writers will find it on some dusty shelfIn fairness to those future writers Frey should revisit and tighten up these concepts and the reference to the first book by having this all in one volumeWhat one can take from these works are further discussion on making a character strong enough to entice a reader A great deal of work dealing with premise of your tale And then how to begin to strengthen the writer for what lays ahead in the refinement of ones product That is somewhat significant for far too many write and can t see that there are flaws in what they have written Worse though is not telling the writer and purchaser of this book the old cliche everyone s a critic That even should the writer come up with the best draft after hundreds of iterations someone will think it flawed stillThat should be the final lesson of the work and Frey nearly touches on it saying to take criticism as you wish That the author is still the creator and thus can do with such criticism as he wishes There of course is no mechanism to decide what is valid criticism or what isn t It is all subjective So while the mechanism s in the two books on crafting our a solid addition the last part on revision which Frey says is important is. Damn good fiction is dramatic fiction Frey insists whether it is by Hemingway or Grisham Le Carre or Ludlum Austen or Dickens Despite their differences these authors' works share common elements strong narrative lines fascinating characters steadily building conflicts and satisfying conclusions Frey's How to Write a Damn Good Novel is one of the most widely used guides ever published for. .