Every writer should have a shelf of books to inform, renew and guide their writing.  One of the best rhythms is: “Read, Write. Read, Write. Read, Write.”   This is one of my best books because of its spectrum of skill from Idea to Manuscript.

Structuring Your Novel shows you how to employ the techniques used by professional novelists in writing a novel of your own. Fourteen elements of structure–the ones found in most successful novels–are described and illustrated through excerpts from seven popular works, ranging from Henry Fielding’s epic tale Tom Jones to Harper Lee’s modern classic To Kill a Mockingbird. From the very first chapter, the exercises in this book get you started on your own novel and guide you in developing your theme, refining your plot, rounding out your characters, and completing your story.