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How to Write Your First Novel


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Introduction; 1. Are You Ready for Commit? 2. A Novel Idea!; 3. Finding Your Voice; 4. The Killer Sentence; 5. It's All in the Plot: Part One; 6. Its all in the Plot: Part Two; 7. Who Are You? How to Create Convincing Characters; 8. Viewpoint; 9. De-mystifying Dialogue; 10. Setting; 11. How to Show and Not Tell; 12. Sense and Sensibility; 13. Humour; 14. Different Genres; 15. How to Keep a Timeline; 16. The Art of Revision; 17. Synopsis; 18. The Tile; 19. Revealing All!; 20. How to Get Published; 21. Writing the Next Novel; 22. Don't Skip This! It Might Help; Index.

About the Author

Sophie King is the pseudonym for journalist Jane Bidder. As well as writing novels - The School Run; Mums@Home, Second Time Lucky, The Supper Club and her latest The Wedding Party, she has had literally hundreds of short stories published in women's magazines such as Woman's Weekly, Take a Break, My Weekly and Best. Sophie lectures in creative writing for Oxford University and West Herts College. She is also a writer in residence for HMP Grendon. You can find out more about Sophie King on her website


'Complete beginner's guide to penning a book. Each chapter aslo contains exercises to hone your skills.' Writers' Forum. 'A summary of all the lessons the author learned in getting her own first novel published.' The New Writer. 'The advice all comes from Sophie's own experience, and is therefore totally practical.' Writing Magazine.

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