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« on: March 20, 2005, 03:54:25 PM »
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Redirect if need be  :yabbse-undecided:

So, what are the best books on novel writing out there ? I considered Five First Pages and Self-Editing ... I believe they are considered good (at least Amazon says so) but the guys at Xixax know better  :kiss:

So ?

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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2005, 01:19:08 AM »
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On Becoming A Novelist by John Gardner.

That Stephen King book on writing ain't too shabby either.

And Norman Mailer had one that he published a year or so ago that was pretty good, I think, but I never got around to finishing it.

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2005, 07:03:44 AM »
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Stephen King's On Writing is great. Unpretentious.

King mentions one book about writing several times...
The Elements of Style - William Shrunk Jr & E. B. White

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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2005, 04:14:50 PM »
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Read The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts On Writing by Norman Mailer.

I haven't read the whole book just bits and pieces. I read a little whenever I visit the bookstore.

Right now, I have no money...  :cry:

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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2005, 04:21:48 PM »
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I read most of that one, too. It's got some great stuff in it, although Mailer gets a little repetitive and self congratulatory at times. That one bit about the boy who's in love that's printed on the back cover though...that's hilariously spot on.

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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2005, 12:23:55 AM »
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Quote from: Ghostboy
That one bit about the boy who's in love that's printed on the back cover though...that's hilariously spot on.

amazon's huge back cover picture is (intetionally?) blurred. this world is bullshit!
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