Today, I have, for the first time ever, a review of a book by someone I know, the fabulous Roz Morris, a.k.a. @dirtywhitecandy (yes, that’s a hint to follow her). Roz is a multi-published best-selling ghost writer as well as having one written under her own name – the fantastic Memories of a Future Life (which I’ve also read and loved).
Beyond novels, Roz is an exceptional blogger covering writing craft and a cool series called Undercover Soundtrack where she profiles the playlists and musical tastes of people like James Scott Bell. Roz is a regular addition to my Blog Treasures writer’s mash-up because her content is always good – just throwing that in there in case you need more reason to go check her site out *smile*
Without further adieu (because I know you all have eggs to hunt)…
A Review of Nail Your Novel by Roz Morris
I loved Nail Your Novel as much for the format as the content. The book opens with something I’ve not seen in any other craft book, a front end index, which makes finding information quick and easy. Throughout the book, Roz follows a smooth format that includes concise steps on what to do and what to watch for. What is the focus of a particular part of the writing process? What should your inner critic be doing here and what shouldn’t it be doing? (Something I know we all struggle with). Scattered throughout the book are timely “Thumbnail notes” that expand on the information just discussed providing targeted reinforcement of concepts that I found very useful.
Roz has a clear-cut style and relaxed voice that is a pleasure to read. She presents a clean Ten Task process that guides the writer from initial inspiration to submission. At each stage, Roz provides tips and tricks, where to place your focus, when to stop and move on and what the focus of your inner critic should be to keep it from marauding through the work-in-progress. One of the other helpful things I found in Nail Your Novel are the plethora of handy and inspirational “games” that Roz provides that help to maximize your efforts at various stages of the writing process.
The book also gives a host of tips on how to revive abandoned works – a chance to save those orphaned drafts we all have – so that you can “draft, fix and finish with confidence”. Roz’s methods have already helped me move one project forward and I’ll be trying them on future works as well.
Nail Your Novel is a quick read packed with a mega-ton of useful advice and would make a great addition to any writer’s collection.
And now, this week’s update (I swear I’ll let you hunt eggs in a minute).
-Write 7k of fiction per week. Yep, all good here, although in honesty I just squeaked in this week due to a new ripple on the day job front. I also had a brief email conversation with my WWBC mentor and after making a tweak to my project logline I’ll be moving into stage two.
-Read and review 4 books by May 20th. I’m currently reading The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. I don’t normally read YA but the book hooked me in by page three – yeah, it’s a great read so far. Might be done by next Sunday so I can review it – will see how the week goes.
-Visit at least 15 other ROWers each week. I know I visited around twelve on Monday for the opening check-in and then lost track. All the same – get out and support your fellow ROWmates – that, my friends, is the heart and soul of ROW.
Yes, you can go hunt eggs now *smile*
Have a great week and…