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Got a personal story to tell… should you make it into a novel?


Not much I can say about today’s Re-blog…

It’s from Roz Morris…

It will be unfailingly Good :-)

Nail Your Novel

mona-1This week I’ve been advising a writer who wants to gather his professional experiences into a daring expose of … well, I’m not allowed to reveal that. But there is malpractice, corruption and a lot of harm being done to innocent people. Publishers have told him they’re wary because he doesn’t have a platform as an investigative reporter. Others have suggested that he could make his experiences into a novel. And that was one of the questions he asked me. Should he?

Obviously, if you’re going to embark on fiction, there are certain mechanics to learn – storytelling, character invention, show not tell, arcs, dialogue.

But this kind of book comes with an extra challenge. If your material is a true-life account, or a memoir, or an expose, you also have to change your attitude to the content. You have to be willing to change everything – anything – in…

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2 responses to “Got a personal story to tell… should you make it into a novel?

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris July 20, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Thank you!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai July 20, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      You’re certainly welcome.

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