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How NOT to Write a Novel: 200 Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs If You Ever Want to Get Published

by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark - £9.99  Penguin Books Ltd (2009)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780141038544 | ISBN 10: 0141038543

There are many ways prospective authors routinely sabotage their own work. But why leave it to guesswork? Misstep by misstep, How Not to Write a Novel shows how you can ensure that your manuscript never rises above the level of unpublishable drivel; that your characters are unpleasant, dimensionless versions of yourself; that your plot is digressive, tedious and unconvincing; and that your style is reliant on mangled clichés and sesquipedalian malapropisms. Alternatively, you can use it to identify the most common mistakes, avoid them and actually write a book that works.
 
Guardian Award shortlisted novelist Sandra Newman and veteran editor Howard Mittelmark have distilled 30 years of teaching, editing, writing and reviewing fiction into a hilarious and liberating guide that is the perfect read for anyone who’s ever laughed at a badly written piece of prose and for anyone who’s ever penned one – and doesn’t want to do it again.

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