Writing a novel does not have to involve mysterious processes that take a lifetime to understand. After writing and ghostwriting millions of words of marketable fiction, I began working as a copy editor and writing coach. I soon realized I was seeing the same basic errors over and over again in my clients’ manuscripts– errors that were easy enough to fix with a few simple guidelines. Whether you write as a hobby or for publication, you can apply this plainspoken advice to any story. Try one tip and see what happens. You might be surprised at what they can do together!
Craft the Draft is a simple and straightforward guide for aspiring writers, with examples from well-known books to help readers understand and put their newfound knowledge into context. Everything from what a zero draft is to how to format dialogue and avoid common writing mistakes will be covered. Readers will also learn how to create a zero draft using the resources provided in an easy-to-follow exercise.