Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts

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Refuse to Be Done is divided into three parts to help writers get through the process of writing and revising a novel. Bell focuses on getting the story down in the first part, even if it seems only in rough form. The second section offers tips and tricks for finding the story within the story by focusing on plot development and the overall narrative. Finally, the third section focuses on polishing the gem you have hopefully created.

Overall, this book is an excellent tool for helping writers work through the story they want to tell. It also provides encouragement and tips for getting the writing back on track if you slip into the dreaded writer’s block. It is full of concrete, helpful advice, as well as tips and techniques that will likely make a difference to the quality of your writing.

I loved the friendly, encouraging tone throughout the book. The author’s perspective made me think differently about approaching the art and craft of storytelling. It also made me think more clearly about my writing habits and how I might change them and incorporate some of his suggestions to achieve a more layered and nuanced approach when I set pen to paper.

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Author Matt Bell
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 168 pages
Publisher Soho Press
Publish Date 22-Mar-2022
ISBN 9781641293419
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Issue April 2022
Category Self-Help