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How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II: Advanced Techniques For Dramatic Storytelling

2 Ratings: 3.0
A book by James N. Frey

Frey ( How To Write a Damn Good Novel , St. Martin's, 1987) expands on his earlier take on the art of novel writing. His focus here is on dramatic fiction. Using examples from a broad range of fiction, he shows what these works have in common and how … see full wiki

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Author: James N. Frey
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
2 reviews about How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II: Advanced...
review by . September 04, 2007
I'm glad I bought this book. There is definitely good content here and I will continue to work with it. I just wish I were more impressed with Frey's own writing. It gets the job done in a heavy handed sort of way, but isn't something I'd want to emulate or enjoy reading for hundreds of pages. This isn't a big slam, just a little case of being fussy. Hence the 4 instead of 5 star rating. It's still a valuable reference.
review by . April 16, 2004
James N. Frey writes an extremely readable how-to guide which forces the would-be writer to take a good look at him/herself and the story he/she is writing. Instead of going through the usual definitions of tone, description, theme, characterization and dialogue, Frey cuts right to the heart: does the writing transport the reader? Does the story have a premise? Is the narration strong? Does the writer deliver to his audience what he promises? Whether he illustrates his methodology with examples …
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