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The story of my first novel; How a novel is written   By: (1855?-1897)

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In "The Story of My First Novel: How a Novel Is Written" by Unknown, readers are taken on an insightful journey through the creative process of writing a novel. While the lack of an author name is unusual, it adds a unique mysterious element to the book, allowing readers to focus solely on the content itself.

The book seamlessly guides aspiring writers from the inception of an idea to the final draft, offering valuable advice and tips along the way. Perhaps what makes this book truly remarkable is its relatability. Whether readers are seasoned authors or novices, they will find solace in the author's candid confessionals and personal anecdotes.

The author carefully elucidates each step involved in writing a novel. From brainstorming and developing well-rounded characters, to crafting a compelling plot and refining the overall structure, the articulation of these crucial elements is done with precision and clarity. Furthermore, the book delves into the importance of setting and description, allowing readers to master the art of creating vivid and immersive worlds.

Additionally, the author explores the depths of character development, creating personas that feel so real and human. By emphasizing the significance of relatable and complex characters, the book highlights the pivotal role they play in captivating readers.

One of the most noteworthy aspects of this book is the inclusion of writing exercises and prompts. These practical exercises aid in honing the reader's writing skills, acting as stepping stones towards creating their own masterpiece. These interactive elements foster active reader engagement, turning the book into a personalized experience.

Although it is unfortunate that the author's identity remains unknown, this lack of attribution also gives the book an air of intrigue, as readers wonder who might have expertly penned these invaluable insights. Nonetheless, the faceless author's guidance is undeniably effective, showcasing an exceptional understanding of the writing craft.

In conclusion, "The Story of My First Novel: How a Novel Is Written" is a must-read for aspiring authors who wish to understand the intricacies of the writing process. Despite its mysterious origins, this book stands as a comprehensive guide, providing exceptional guidance and inspiration. With its relatable tone, practical exercises, and expert advice, it is an invaluable resource for any writer seeking to embark upon their own creative journey.

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[Transcriber's note: Mrs. Hungerford (Margaret Wolfe Hamilton) (1855? 1897) "The story of my first novel" (from The Ladies' Home Journal vol. VII No 8 Philadelphia July 1890 p.14)]

The Duchess

"The story of my first novel"

My first novel! Alas! for that first story of mine the raven I sent out of my ark and never see again! Unlike the proverbial curse, it did not come home to roost, it stayed where I had sent it. The only thing I ever heard of it again was a polite letter from the editor in whose office it lay, telling me I could have it back if I enclosed stamps for the amount of twopence halfpenny, otherwise he should feel it his unpleasant duty to "consign it to the waste paper basket."

I was only sixteen then, and it is a very long time ago; but I have always hated the words "waste paper" ever since. I don't remember that I was either angry or indignant, but I do remember that I was both sad and sorry. At all events, I never sent that two pence half penny, so I conclude my first MS. went to light the fire of that heartless editor. So much comfort I may have bestowed on him, but he left me comfortless; and yet who can say what good he may not have done me? Paths made too smooth leave the feet unprepared for rougher roads. To step always in the primrose ways is death to the higher desires... Continue reading book >>

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