Writers believe that the books we write must come from the soul, not a rubric. It’s true, but they’re more salable if they meet conventional ideas of what people like to read.
In my case, I knew what I wanted to write, but I became lost along the way from opening paragraph to ending climax. Marshall Plan for Novel Writing rescued me, taught me how to be organized. Now, it’s hints are second nature, which allows my creativity to show without being hidden by my stumbling efforts to tell a story.
Here’s my review:
by Evan Marshall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was perfect for me. An organized approach to writing, detailing what you shouldn’t forget in a novel. I like step-by-step (if you’ve read my book Building a Midshipman, you’ll understand me), reminders. Sometimes my gut gets off target and I forget things like crises and resolution, tying together plot lines. I used it as a check list at the completion of my novel.
Overall, his 16-step program might be the one book you shouldn’t miss.