- Title: The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing
- Author: Evan Marshall
- ISBN: 9781582970622
- Page: 123
- Format: Paperback
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Imagine writing with the skill of a published author, the knowledge of a seasoned editor and the savvy of a New York literary agent.you d have all the know how it takes to transform your story idea into a novel worthy of praise and publication.In this unique guide, agent, editor and novelist Evan Marshall does give you everything it takes to write your novel Drawing onImagine writing with the skill of a published author, the knowledge of a seasoned editor and the savvy of a New York literary agent.you d have all the know how it takes to transform your story idea into a novel worthy of praise and publication.In this unique guide, agent, editor and novelist Evan Marshall does give you everything it takes to write your novel Drawing on his extensive experience, Marshall has perfected a simple and methodical approach to novel writing His clear cut, 16 step Marshall Plan breaks down the complex novel writing process into a series of parts you put together one piece at a time You ll have your whole story planned and plotted before you actually begin writing, so there s no chance of working yourself in a corner or making critical mistakes in pacing and plot.In short, The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing works Use it, and watch your story masterfully develop into a completed manuscript ready to get the full attention of readers, agents and editors alike.
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The Marshall Plan® is a 16-step blueprint for getting your novel written quickly. These steps are broken down into five sections. The first tries to help with deciding what to write and which genre is best for you. Most writers already have an idea in mind when they buy this type of book, but just in case you don't, Marshall explains how to decide. Marshall breaks down the genres, and goes a step further by helpfully breaking each down into different sub-classifications. There are a surprising [...]
The MarshallPlan for Novel Writing, which offers a very clear and structured plan for writing a novel, will chaff at many writers, for it's emphasis is formula, far more than creative inspiration. However, it may be that those writers who really need to read this book. As Even Marshall states in his book, Geniuses who never finish writing their novel, will never get published. And that is Marshall's goal: to help bring an aspiring author from idea to a finished, and published, product.The book's [...]
I learned several new things from Marshall's book. I like the section sheets, and how it makes it easier to plot things out. I like the systematic steps he had me take in preparing to write. He also laid out things very well and in an easy-to-understand way.At times I felt like his suggestions were overly-simplistic. But, given a book this size, I felt like he did what he could in the space constraints. After all, this book is mainly for beginners, and so can't go into great depth on certain thi [...]
This is a nuts-and-bolts, explicitly formulaic manual on writing a novel and getting it published. It is just as explicitly geared toward writing and publishing a genre fiction novel, not some creative work of art, imagination or literary skill. If you're not trying to write an eminently saleable genre fiction novel, this book is not essential reading. But no book on writing is worthless, and if you want any instruction on rational plotting--"section" sheets, "reaction sections," that sort of th [...]
An effective plan explained nicely. Many hate this book because it seems to reduce novel-writing (a so-called art) to a formula. But this is simply one method, and there's no denying that a process is necessary for people who even bothered to read this book in the first place. Why? Because if you're reading it, you're either new at novel-writing completely, having trouble finishing or starting a book, or having trouble selling the one you wrote. Novel writing is a craft. The art is inherently bu [...]
I could not review a book as thorough on writing if I had tried to search one out on my own. This was given to me to review from my WIN group (I sit as V.P. on the Board) as to provide our writers with a no-holds-barred informative piece of whether it is worth it to purchase or not.Yes, by all means, PURCHASE! Writers everywhere, novice to "80 novels under-your-belt" writers, will not find a more step-by-step forgetting nothing book of expertise anywhere. Mr. Marshall, my hat is off to you. Cove [...]
This book was perfect for me. An organized approach to writing, detailing what you shouldn't forget in a novel. I like step-by-step (if you've read my book Building a Midshipman, you'll understand me), reminders. Sometimes my gut gets off target and I forget things like crises and resolution, tying together plot lines. I used it as a check list at the completion of my novel.Overall, his 16-step program might be the one book you shouldn't miss.
This was an insightful guide on how to write a novel, how not to get “stuck” in the writing process, how to finish a story strong. I highly recommend this book and the themarshallplan software.
This author has a definite idea and structure for writing that is all his own. At first I was turned off by his rigid structure but as I read on I though there were lots of valuable ideas in it.
I'm a sucker for books on how to write books. While my style of writing, sitting down and going without a detailed plan isn't suitable for what Evan Marshal presents, I do have to say I enjoyed the book and can see the benefits. What Evan Marshall does is lays out a plan for someone who needs a plan, or someone who has no idea where to go. I have taken certain aspects of the book and introduced them into my own writing, and I love to see how he provides a fairly comprehensive layout determining [...]
I really loved the book's overall principal in how to write a book. It had great insights especially for a new writer like me. But I think whether you are new or have several published books under your belt, his book would help you in some way. The only draw back I found is the cookie-cutter approach. It doesn't allow for you to deviate from his very structure plan when plotting out your book.For myself, I took the gyst of what he said and implemented it into my writing. However, I did not make [...]
I like his approach to planning a novel. He divides the whole process into bite-size pieces. I especially like his suggestions for "Shaping your Story Ideas" and am using his "section" model for outlining my next novel. I didn't like his use of the the word "suppose" in place of the common "what-if" question to move your story action into the next scene, but that's a nit-pick. The book and it's worksheets are useful, if you want to plot a novel.
Marshal's book does not tell you what to write, but instead gives one a great guideline on how to organize your thoughts, chapters, events, and keep things moving. The advice inspired me, organized me, and gave me a sign ahead to keep swimming toward. Excellent book that is exactly what I've always been waiting for, it delivers all it promises, and more. Stuck? This is definately the book you need, for it is the ideal method for those who find outlines work best for them.
This is a great book. Although I have to admit, the title of it made it sound like a scam, but its actually a great book that tells you lots of secrets to planning out your novel. You won't have a completed manuscript in 30 days like they say, but you will have a completed plot that will allow you to write your book fast. Its great, and it helped me a lot.
This book has been my bible for writing my first novel. It provides a perfect framework for keeping the pace of the story hopping while keeping track of characters, when they need to show up and shut up. I also bought the workbook and made great use of it. I highly recommend it!
I read this years ago and I'll never forget it! This is the book that took my many unfinished drafts to complete manuscripts. Since reading and following its blueprints, I have never had a problem finishing a draft.Definitely a must-read for those beginner writers who have trouble finishing a draft because they lose momentum on their books (or lose track of their character's details/descriptions).
Evan Marshall has simplified the writing process--I am big believer in plotting and this takes away the need for post it notes and index cards. I highly recommend it!
This book gets a lot of bad press. At its heart, the critics are right: it presents a formulaic approach to creating a saleable fiction manuscript in your chosen market. The Marshall process guides creation of characters, plot points, chapter and scene structure, and a classic Freitag's triangle of tension.Like almost all books on writing, this is targetted at the unsusccesful beginner. Talking about your "market" turns some people off right at the start. Talking about word count and outlines lo [...]
“More writers fail to sell their work, not because of bad writing, but because of poor storytelling structure.” I read that quote years ago, but it meant nothing to me. In my youth as a writer, I imagined writers just sat down with their pipes and wrote either great or bad novels. After a couple of miserable attempts to start and finish a novel, I remembered those words, so I went looking to understand them. Then I discovered the hero's journey, the W system and a lot of other methods for or [...]
The Marshall Plan is strongly formulaic and intended for writers of genre fiction. Neither of these is bad, although the Plan itself is more rigid than I'm comfortable with. But you could use parts of it either on their own or in combination with some other technique. For instance, I couldn't see myself plotting out an entire book start to finish with Marshall's section sheets, as the Plan would have you do, but I think they'd be good for analyzing your scenes during revision. Marshall has more [...]
Very solid and mostly on the mark. One of the better books out there on how to craft a novel that will sell, and I chose those words very carefully. I teetered between giving this a 4 and a 5 as it isn't quite perfect but maybe it is as close as one gets. The tie-breaker was all the 1 and 2 ratings by pantsers and 'artists.' Look, that group isn't going to like anything that talks about how to apply craft to what is a craft. They want it to be art which is all about fuzzy feelings and self-impor [...]
Most books on writing try to make writing seem fun, creative, and exciting. The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing does exactly the opposite. As far as interesting reading goes, this book ranks somewhere between a telephone book and a car repair manual. So why am I still giving it four stars? It's great at what it does.This book will hold your hand literally every step of the way from your initial idea to completion. It will take an aspiring writer (with their desk drawer of fizzled out beginnings [...]
Even the most skilled writer can benefit from a checklist if and when a manuscript is deemed to be finished. For me, it was a heads-up on improving character development in a recent historical novel. I had finished the manuscript with an intense focus on plot and historical research, yet late in the rewrite process, realized that I needed to put much more into filling out the characters of my book. In this regard, "The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing" is invaluable in that it not only provides a [...]
The number of non-fiction books I've read is nearly invisible, but for books about writing I'm very willing to make exceptions. I liked this one a lot! Like Evan Marshall stated himself: It's really hands-on! In 16 steps Marshall, a literary agent, takes you from choosing the correct writing genre up to the final goal: getting published. He gives a lot of tips as to how improve your writing (I particularly appreciated that part) and points out the dangers in writing, but also in approaching agen [...]
I have read many books on writing and this by far is the best. The system for writing described may not be comfortable for all writers. But it is quite manageable, and the best part of the author's system was the useful way of outlining the interweaving of subplots and point of view. No other book has ever done justice to describing a way to outline plots & sub plots.The other way this book excels others are in chapters 9 & 10 where he describes techniques for writing dialogue, action, r [...]
The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing provides structure for a writer who doesn't want to fiddle around trying to put together a story from a wandering first draft, something I don't do well. Because the genre I've been attracted to since I was a young reader requires structure -- mysteries -- plotting the intricacies, false leads, and misleading the reader about which innocent bystander 'did it,' is made easier through planning them before bringing up the blank screen upon which to tell the tale. [...]
I don't know how, or why, people start writing without a plan. I've edited a documentary, and it is extremely difficult. Writing a script and then shooting seems ridiculously easy to me now. For content, this book gets 5-stars for helping the target audience. Authors wanting to get a book published should write from this formula. Commerce and art have to merge. If you don't care about that, then write on.
Very informative, systematic approach to writing a novel. Lays out an achievable strategy with easy-to-complete templates, leaving the author with a blueprint from which to start constructing the novel. Great for beginning writers or seasoned pros. I'm an old hand at writing — mostly non-fiction works as well as stage scripts, but this is my first attempt at a novel. The task seemed daunting, until I read Marshall's book. Highly recommended for the writer.
Like others have mentioned I found the structure to rigid for my creative instincts. However, there was so much useful information, then I took notes! I did not know which sub-genre I write in and this book helped me decide. I think that newer writers will get more from the book than seasoned writers.
Too rigid of any outline progress for me. I like to outline, but using the headlights approach to allow for surprises. However, this book is a good read for explaining the scene and sequel relationship and some other writing tips. Highly recommended for being writers.
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