In writing this book, I wanted to avoid two things. The first was the idea that the novel is a single thing. One of the delights of the novel as a form is that is is so endlessly varied. No two novels are alike, and the category of the novel is one that resists clear definitions. So I wanted to avoid prescriptiveness about what novels are or should be. The other thing I wanted to avoid was the idea that writers are all alike. No two writers work in the same way, and there is no one way of writing a novel. So this book is less a ‘how to’ guide setting out the One True Path, and more a handy companion that can be picked up – or put aside – along the way.
I also wanted to think about novel writing not just from the point of view of putting words on the page, but from the point of view of project management. A novel, whatever kind of novel, is a Big Job, and getting one written involves all kinds of skills, only some of which are directly about the words you put on the page. So there’s quite a lot about how to find processes and practices that suit you as a writer.
Anyway, the best way to give a sense of what is in the book is by giving a list of chapters (click on the heading below).
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And, of course, if you have used this book to write a novel, and your novel is now out there in the world, I’d love to hear from you.