by Sarah Domet

Published by Writer’s Digest Books

A review by John Irvin


“So you think you can write a novel, huh? The difference between a novelist and a would-be novelist is that one person actually writes while the other person simply talks about writing. Which one are you?” –From the Introduction

            From the back of the jacket cover:

            “Many famous authors write their novels in a matter of weeks. William Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying in six weeks. Joyce Carol Oates often cranks out two of three books a year. Stephen King believes first drafts should take no more than three months to complete. So, what’s the trick? Novel writing isn’t about inspiration. It’s about the time, energy, and discipline to see the project to its finish.

            With 90 Days to Your Novel at your side, now is the time. This inspiring guide will be your push, your deadline, and your spark to finally, without excuses, and in three short months, nail that first draft of your novel.

            The difference between wanna-be writers and real writers is the difference between talk and work. If you commit to the schedule and the techniques within 90 Days to Your Novel and invest two to three hours a day for twelve weeks, you will complete your book. An outline will appear. Characters will take shape. A plot will emerge. Scenes will come together and form a story worth reading. And then the talking can begin!

90 Days to Your Novel by Sarah Domet. If you want to write and finish your novel, this is the handbook for you.

            I picked this book off the bargain price shelf around four years ago. Since then, it has truly lived up to its promises. Giving me insight and encouragement, 90 Days to Your Novel is a handbook for any beginning writer. The overall theme is, there is one key to finishing your novel and that is to sit down and write.

            I usually finish first drafts within a month’s time now, but in the beginning I found three months is the perfect amount of time to set—it does two things simultaneously: one, it allows breathing time, two, it gets you focused so you’re not dawdling.

            If you have a novel inside you, it’s dying and clawing, screaming to get out. Let it out, free it, let it soar, this is your duty. Do not keep something inside that is meant to be shared with the world. We’re all dying for something new to read, what if that next book is yours?

            Reading books like 90 Days to Your Novel will give you the knowledge and determination to do just that.

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: 90 DAYS TO YOUR NOVEL.

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