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A Novel in Nine Steps

A Novel in Nine Steps


Devised by pioneering creative writing tutor Jenny Newman, this Mslexia Mini guide breaks down the daunting undertaking of writing a book into manageable bite-sized chunks, and provides a brisk insight into contemporary British literature along the way. 

The nine-part course can be adapted to your own schedule. Stretch it over nine months and complete a first draft in the time it takes to gestate a baby – or use it to guide an intensive writing binge such as National Novel Writing Month in November.

Tutorials include: Beginnings, Character, Plot, Point of View, Description and Dialogue, Pacing, Rewriting, Writers’ Block, and Editing and Submitting your Manuscript. Each tutorial is accompanied by a reading list and writing exercises.

A Novel in Nine Steps will help you turn all those ideas buzzing around in your mind into a satisfying manuscript of neatly typed pages to send to a literary agent.


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