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Your Novel: Day by Day is designed to be an all-in-one guide to planning, writing, editing, and publishing a first novel, guiding a new novelist through the day-to-day details of the process. Its author, Mary Anna Evans, is an awardwinning writer with eight novels, two nonfiction books, and a collection of short works to her credit. She says, “This is the book where I tell Your Novel: Day by Day is designed to be an all-in-one guide to planning, writing, editing, and publishing a first novel, guiding a new novelist through the day-to-day details of the process. Its author, Mary Anna Evans, is an awardwinning writer with eight novels, two nonfiction books, and a collection of short works to her credit. She says, “This is the book where I tell other writers the things I wish I’d known ten years ago.” Work through this book of practical advice with Mary Anna, day by day and page by page, as she advises you on— crafting a plot, fleshing out believable characters, organizing a novel’s timeline, crafting believable motivations for your characters, editing objectively, evaluating traditional and independent publishing options, and marketing to agents, publishers, and readers. Because she understands the importance of maintaining your own motivation during the arduous process of writing a novel, Mary Anna has chosen a narrative structure that will provide you with a written companion for a year’s worth of writing. This book consists of 365 essays on topics that range from nuts-and-bolts writing tips to words of encouragement to periodic kicks in the pants. She has even included the actual synopsis she used to query her agent and to sell her first book. If she could sit with you, day by day, as you learn about this exciting art form, she would. Since she can’t, this book is the next best thing.


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Your Novel: Day by Day is designed to be an all-in-one guide to planning, writing, editing, and publishing a first novel, guiding a new novelist through the day-to-day details of the process. Its author, Mary Anna Evans, is an awardwinning writer with eight novels, two nonfiction books, and a collection of short works to her credit. She says, “This is the book where I tell Your Novel: Day by Day is designed to be an all-in-one guide to planning, writing, editing, and publishing a first novel, guiding a new novelist through the day-to-day details of the process. Its author, Mary Anna Evans, is an awardwinning writer with eight novels, two nonfiction books, and a collection of short works to her credit. She says, “This is the book where I tell other writers the things I wish I’d known ten years ago.” Work through this book of practical advice with Mary Anna, day by day and page by page, as she advises you on— crafting a plot, fleshing out believable characters, organizing a novel’s timeline, crafting believable motivations for your characters, editing objectively, evaluating traditional and independent publishing options, and marketing to agents, publishers, and readers. Because she understands the importance of maintaining your own motivation during the arduous process of writing a novel, Mary Anna has chosen a narrative structure that will provide you with a written companion for a year’s worth of writing. This book consists of 365 essays on topics that range from nuts-and-bolts writing tips to words of encouragement to periodic kicks in the pants. She has even included the actual synopsis she used to query her agent and to sell her first book. If she could sit with you, day by day, as you learn about this exciting art form, she would. Since she can’t, this book is the next best thing.

30 review for Your Novel, Day by Day: A Fiction Writer's Companion

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

    This unusual book on writing is well worth reading. It's meant to be read day-by-day for a year as you write your book. Every day offers a new essay filled with encouragement, inspiration and advice. Sometimes Evans reminds you where you should be in your novel writing, although she never mentions page numbers other than 'by the time you get to page 50, you should ...' She refers to writing the book as a marathon. She's a long distance runner (writer), but she knows there are sprinters, too. In he This unusual book on writing is well worth reading. It's meant to be read day-by-day for a year as you write your book. Every day offers a new essay filled with encouragement, inspiration and advice. Sometimes Evans reminds you where you should be in your novel writing, although she never mentions page numbers other than 'by the time you get to page 50, you should ...' She refers to writing the book as a marathon. She's a long distance runner (writer), but she knows there are sprinters, too. In her book that's written to be your companion as you write, Evans helps you maintain focus and motivation. She includes topics on plotting, characters and your story's timeline – to name just a few examples – in a succinct narrative voice. She tells you what works for her and other writers she knows. She acts as cheerleader, coach and writing consultant. Some of her essays repeat advice, but if you really are reading the book day-by-day, repeating advice should work well as a reminder. Evans writes mysteries and her advice often comes from things she's learned while writing her Faye Longchamp series. It's always a pleasure to find a new series. I'm already on book one, Artifacts.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stella

    I enjoyed this book. Unlike other books on writing, it wasn't too perscriptive, but it had some great tips and it was inspiring. It is meant to be read over 365 days during a course of writing a novel. The author herself is a real renaissance woman. And to think that I got this for free on Amazon! I enjoyed this book. Unlike other books on writing, it wasn't too perscriptive, but it had some great tips and it was inspiring. It is meant to be read over 365 days during a course of writing a novel. The author herself is a real renaissance woman. And to think that I got this for free on Amazon!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Angel Graham

    There are other writing books, that are updated, that I feel are much better. This book, for one was TOO LONG! Seriously, she's writing a non-fiction book, not a novel. You don't need 50-60,000 words in NF. There are other writing books, that are updated, that I feel are much better. This book, for one was TOO LONG! Seriously, she's writing a non-fiction book, not a novel. You don't need 50-60,000 words in NF.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eva-Joy

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tamera Lynn Kraft

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    Heather Crossin

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    Laura Moisan

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    Lavonne

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    Patricia Roy

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    Renee

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    Kristie Crook

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    Trumillia Lunnie-Thomas

  16. 5 out of 5

    John Wood

    The book is designed to be read as the reader is creating "the Great American Novel". The author has written several mystery novels, short stories as well as non-fiction. Written in an easy yet informative style, she shares her tips, giving many examples and cajoling the writers to keep writing, guiding them through the basic processes of their craft. Subjects include character development, plot, outline, ultimately giving some rudimentary advice on marketing and publishing. Not quite ready to b The book is designed to be read as the reader is creating "the Great American Novel". The author has written several mystery novels, short stories as well as non-fiction. Written in an easy yet informative style, she shares her tips, giving many examples and cajoling the writers to keep writing, guiding them through the basic processes of their craft. Subjects include character development, plot, outline, ultimately giving some rudimentary advice on marketing and publishing. Not quite ready to begin my masterwork, I read this to get feeling about writing a novel. It is informative, inspiring and most of all, keeps stressing the old mantra: write, write, write.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Louise DiMarcello

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    Chelsea Denard

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    Jen Ponce

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