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Review of - How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, by Janet Evanovich
6/6/2007 7:55:33 AM
How I Write, by Janet Evanovich (with Ina Yalof and Alex Evanovich) is a perky read filled with practical writing tips from a bestselling author. You donít have to be a dedicated Evanovich fan to enjoy this one, but her breezy style might tempt you to give the Stephanie Plum mystery series a try.

As the author states up front, ďI havenít attempted to produce the definitive book on creative novel writing. Iím simply passing on what works for me. This is how I write. And these are the answers to the questions Iíve been asked for years.Ē Writers who have studied other fiction-writing books wonít find much new in this one, but itís worth reading because of the unique perspective of this very successful writer.

How I Write is organized in nine parts:
∑ Creating Great Characters
∑ Nuts and Bolts
∑ Structure
∑ Revising and Editing
∑ Getting Published
∑ Bits and Pieces
∑ The Writing Life
∑ Quick Reference
∑ Author Biographies

The authorís breezy, entertaining style shines through the entire book, and itís filled with examples from her Stephanie Plum series. Also included are practical tips about the business and process of writing and getting published, including sample query letters for both a fiction manuscript and a nonfiction manuscript.

Whether you are an Evonovich fan wanting more from a favorite author, a beginning writer looking for tips, or an experienced writer trying to fill in the gaps, give this one a try. Itís a blast of a read.

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More Blogs by Mike Klaassen
• Narration as a Fiction-Writing Mode - Tuesday, February 19, 2008
• FICTION-WRITING: How to Portray Your Character's Perception of the Senses - Saturday, January 05, 2008
• YOUNG-ADULT FICTION: What Makes a Great Novel for Boys? - Friday, January 04, 2008
• Review of HOOKED: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Go - Monday, November 12, 2007
• Mechanics of the Introspection Fiction-Writing Mode - Tuesday, September 25, 2007
• INTROSPECTION: The Thinking Mode of Fiction-Writing - Monday, September 24, 2007
• SUMMARIZATION: An Unfairly Maligned Fiction-Writing Mode - Monday, September 24, 2007
• Review of BY CUNNING & CRAFT, by Peter Selgin - Monday, August 06, 2007
•  Review of - How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, by Janet Evanovich - Wednesday, June 06, 2007  
• VIOLENCE IN YOUNG-ADULT FICTION: Acceptable, Beneficial, or Inexcusable? - Monday, May 21, 2007
• The Next Great American Novel - Thursday, May 17, 2007
• Review of ON WRITING WELL: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, by William Zinsser - Tuesday, May 15, 2007

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