Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Finishing your novel

Writers might be interested in this site (via Publishing Perspectives). Writer and teacher Timothy Hallinan gives a most useful (and comprehensive) guide to getting the job done.

TH: I’ve been writing novels (and teaching about writing novels) for twenty years, and one thing I’ve learned is how to finish. I’d estimate that 98% of all the novels people begin are never completed. Every person who abandons a book feels that he or she has a good reason, but my experience suggests that most of those books could have been finished – the writer just came up against something he or she couldn’t handle. This section is about how to handle those things. It’s about starting with a good idea, developing it, and moving your story ahead until you reach the end... More.

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