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A Novel in a Year by Louise Doughty
  

A Novel in a Year

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As well as sorting out your health and wealth for new year why not start that book you've always wanted to write? Louise Doughty's new book gives you all the advice you need for getting started, planning and turning out the novel that is waiting to be written.

If you like Louise Doughty you might also like to read books by Helen Fitzgerald, Chris Cleave and Maggie O'Farrell.

Synopsis

A Novel in a Year by Louise Doughty

'The art of writing,' Kingsley Amis said, 'is the art of applying the seat of one's trousers to the seat of one's chair.' So start now. Take up a notebook and pen, and write one sentence...

Can you write a novel in a year? If you simply sit back and think about the enormity of writing a book, it will seem like a vast and unconquerable task, impossibly daunting. The way to make it less daunting is to break it down into its constituent parts, to do it bit by bit. Over the chapters herein, different aspects of technique are divided up into bite size chunks, the better to aid digestion. The book will look at different aspects of writing, with set exercises to help the reader along in their confidence and technique. It is designed to be read a chapter a week, with the aim of the fledgling writer having a body of material at the year's end which should form a solid start to their novel. Deeply practical, with sound advice at every stage, A Novel In A Year is essential reading for any would-be novelist.

About the Author

Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty is the author of seven novels, including the Top Ten bestseller Apple Tree Yard. Her sixth novel, Whatever You Love, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has also won awards for radio drama and short stories, along with publishing one work of non-fiction, A Novel in a Year, based on her popular newspaper column. She is a critic and cultural commentator for UK and international newspapers and broadcasts regularly for the BBC. She is a former judge of the Man Booker Prize, was Chair of Judges for last year’s Desmond Elliott Award, and a judge for the 2015 Costa Book of the Year Award. She lives in London.

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Publication date

7th January 2008

Author

Louise Doughty

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

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Paperback

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ISBN

9781847390790

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