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By James N. Frey

I am a film & television screenwriter became hopeful novelist. i've got learn a number of books on writing novels, yet just a couple of have fairly been as valuable as Mr. Frey's books. He covers the entire bases and offers you what you must cross ahead with the necessities and peculiaralities of novel writing and novel publishing. All aces in my book.

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No matter what tradition you are writing in, literary, main- 4 8 H O W T O W R I T E A D A M N G O O D N O V E L stream, or one of the many other categories—science fiction, romance, mystery, gothic, fantasy, and so on—you will have to know the conventions, rules, and formulas of those types or you might just as well forget about being a published novelist. How do you learn what the rules are? You go to the library and check out an armful of the type of book you'd like to write, and you read like a maniac.

PREMISE DEFINED If you wished to make an argument, say, that "dogs make better pets than cats," how would you go about proving it? You would argue that dogs are friendlier, more trainable, more likeable, more agreeable, and so on. You would include all the good things you can think of about dogs and all the bad things about cats. Even if you knew any good things about cats, you would exclude them, because it would be contrary to your argument. The premise of an argument is the statement of the conclusion that will be reached through the argument.

The old man has great sympathy for the fish and feels remorse over killing it. If he didn't, we'd have an adventure yarn, hardly worth reading. Leamas, behind the Iron Curtain, comes to the realization that the machinations of his government are just as bad as those of the communists. His inner conflict is so great that he resolves it by accepting death. Without Madame Bovary's inner conflict, Flaubert's novel would be no more worth reading than a Harlequin Romance. Who cares if a housewife has a fling?

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