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Who doesn't dream of writing a novel while holding on to a day job? Robert J. Ray and coauthor Bret Norris can help readers do just that, with this proven practical and accessible step-by-step guide to completing a novel in just a year's worth of weekends. The Weekend Novelist shows writers of all levels how to divide their writing time into weekend work sessions, and how to handle character, scene, and plot. This new, revised version is far more skills-based than its predecessor, and includes both classic and contemporary literature models, contains a sample "Novel in Progress," and at the end offers readers the choice to rewrite their novel, draft a memoir, or turn their rough draft into a screenplay. Readers for a decade have been instructed and inspired by The Weekend Novelist. This new edition will help many more strive to realize their writing potential.

• Offers a practical, structured approach to finishing a novel

• Ray has taught more than 10,000 students over 25 years and continues to teach new classes that attract new readers to his books

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Synopsis:

Robert J. Ray unlocks the mystery of writing a mystery in this practical, useful guide. Through the use of developmental writing exercises and examples from famous writers of the genre, he divides the writing process into fifty-two weekend work sessions, each beginning with the definition of the task and its purpose, and leading into the exercises that will become the basis of the mystery.

From assembling the elements through character, scene, and plotting, to drafting and editing, and finally marketing the novel to a publisher, "The Weekend Novelist Writes A Mystery" provides all the elements to complete a mystery novel in just fifty-two weekends.

About the Author

Robert J. Ray, Ph.D. has written eight novels, five in the

Matt Murdock Mystery series. His short fiction has appeared in Tri-Quarterly. Ray teaches writing for the University of Washington's School of

Distance Learning. He lives in Seattle.

Bret Norris is the founder of the Norris Literary Agency. He has extensive

experience as both a writer and editor of creative manuscripts. He lives in Seattle.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780440505945
Author:
Ray, Robert J
Publisher:
Billboard Books
Author:
Robert J. Ray and Bret Norris
Author:
Norris, Bret
Author:
Ray, Robert J.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Genre Fiction
Subject:
Technique
Subject:
Fiction -- Technique.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050401
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 BandW ILLUS
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.93x5.28x.69 in. .66 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Robert J. Ray unlocks the mystery of writing a mystery in this practical, useful guide. Through the use of developmental writing exercises and examples from famous writers of the genre, he divides the writing process into fifty-two weekend work sessions, each beginning with the definition of the task and its purpose, and leading into the exercises that will become the basis of the mystery.

From assembling the elements through character, scene, and plotting, to drafting and editing, and finally marketing the novel to a publisher, "The Weekend Novelist Writes A Mystery" provides all the elements to complete a mystery novel in just fifty-two weekends.

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