Lack of planning is the worst enemy of most writers. And when it comes to novels, it is usually what nips the creative process in the bud. As a result, many will give up before even starting.
It is with this idea in mind that Roz Morris wrote “Nail Your Novel,” a book that “draws on techniques from Hollywood scriptwriting, improvisational drama, project management and sports psychology − because experts in those fields have already solved problems that novel-writers come across.” (p.7) As an author myself, I have read many guides on the art of penning novels, short stories and plays. Over the years, I have become particularly leery about their authors − self-proclaimed experts who spend their time rehashing old ideas. However, Morris is different. She is an expert with an innovative mind who can teach you a new thing or two about writing.
Despite being short − with only 121 pages − the book is jam-packed with useful advice. From start to finish, Morris engages the reader in friendly conversation rather than delivering a complex essay. She invites them to see writing as a game rather than a tedious job. The basic, yet essential steps that she delineates will help them make the best use of their time and creativity. In a nutshell, the book is easy to read (and reread) and will suit beginners as well as authors in need of inspiration − in any literary genre beyond novels.
About Roz Morris
Roz Morris is a professional writer, editor and former journalist. She has authored more than 11 novels − including eight bestsellers − and ghostwritten for major publishers and high-profile writers. For more information, visit her official website.