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How I write my novels   By: (1855?-1897)

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How I Write My Novels by Unknown is a captivating and insightful guide for aspiring writers and lovers of the written word. This book provides an in-depth journey into the mind of a talented author, as they share their personal experiences and strategies for crafting successful novels.

One of the book's strongest aspects is its practicality. Rather than simply delving into abstract concepts, the author breaks down their writing process into tangible steps that readers can implement in their own work. From generating ideas to outlining and editing, the author leaves no stone unturned, offering invaluable advice every step of the way.

The writing style of How I Write My Novels is accessible and engaging, making it an enjoyable read for both experienced writers and novices. There is a sense of familiarity and camaraderie throughout the book, as the author shares anecdotes and anecdotes about their own writing journey. This personal touch not only adds authenticity to their advice but also creates a connection with readers who may find themselves facing similar challenges.

Moreover, the book contains a wealth of examples and exercises that encourage active learning. These prompts enable readers to put the author's teachings into practice, further enhancing their understanding of the material. By integrating theory with practical application, the book becomes a valuable resource for anyone looking to hone their writing skills.

Although the author remains anonymous, their passion for storytelling shines through in every chapter. Their enthusiasm is contagious, serving as a catalyst for aspiring writers to pursue their own creative endeavors. Furthermore, the author's encouragement and belief in the reader's potential make this book an inspiring read, instilling confidence in its audience and reminding them that they too can create meaningful and imaginative stories.

If there is any criticism to be had, it would be the absence of concrete examples from the author's own works. While the theoretical concepts are well explained, it would have been fascinating to see how they were applied in real novels. However, this minor drawback does not detract significantly from the overall value of the book.

In conclusion, How I Write My Novels by Unknown is a must-read for anyone interested in the craft of writing. With its practical advice, engaging style, and inspiring tone, this book serves as a trustworthy companion for those embarking on their writing journey. By sharing their experiences and methods, the author empowers their readers to unlock their own creative potential and embark on a fulfilling path as writers.

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[Transcriber's note: Mrs. Hungerford (Margaret Wolfe Hamilton) (1855? 1897) "How I write my novels" (from Mrs Hungerford's An anxious moment pp. 275 282)]

To sit down in cold blood and deliberately set to cudgel one's brains with a view to dragging from them a plot wherewith to make a book is (I have been told) the habit of some writers, and those of no small reputation. Happy people! What powers of concentration must be theirs! What a belief in themselves that most desirable of all beliefs, that sweet propeller toward the temple of fame. Have faith in yourself, and all me, will have faith in you.

But as for me, I have to lie awake o'nights longing and hoping for inspirations that oft times are slow to come. But when they do come, what a delight! All at once, in a flash, as it were, the whole story lies open before me a delicate diorama, vague here and there, but with a beginning and an end clear as crystal. I can never tell when these inspirations may be coming; sometimes in the dark watches of the night; sometimes when driving through the crisp, sweet air; sometimes a word in a crowded drawing room, a thought rising from the book in hand, sends them with a rush to the surface, where they are seized and brought to land, and carried home in triumph. After that the 'dressing' of them is simple enough... Continue reading book >>

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