How to Write a Novel: 47 Rules for Writing a Stupendously Awesome Novel That You Will Love Forever

The most important thing to know about writing a novel is this: You can do it. And if you’ve already written one, you can write an even better one. Author and former literary agent Nathan Bransford shares his secrets for creating killer plots, fleshing out your first ideas, crafting compelling characters, and staying sane in the process.

Read the guide that New York Times bestselling author Ransom Riggs called “The best how-to-write-a-novel book I’ve read.” 

MORE PRAISE FOR ‘HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL’ 

“In his 47 brilliant rules, Nathan Bransford has nailed everything I’ve always wanted to tell people about writing a book but never knew how. Wonderfully thought out with lots of practical examples, this is a must-read for anyone brave enough to try their hand at a novel. It’s also a great review for experienced writers. Highly recommended.” – James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER 

“Nathan Bransford’s primer is full of thoughtful, time-proven advice on how to write a novel. Nathan can sound both like a reassuring friend and a tough, no-nonsense coach. Whatever kind of novel you’re writing, Nathan’s insights will make you think about your process and help you find your own way to success.” – Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of DOWNFALL 

“Nathan Bransford is sharp, thoughtful, and a must-read for all aspiring authors. His advice is not only funny and insightful, it’s essential for writers at any stage in their careers.” – Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of SHATTER ME 

“Nathan Bransford’s book on how to write a novel is smart, generous and funny as hell. Read it. No matter where you are in your writing life, whether you’re on your first book or are a grizzled, multi published veteran, you’ll find practical advice to help you through the process — and plenty of wisdom to inspire you along the journey.” – Lisa Brackmann, author of ROCK PAPER TIGER 

“Equal parts encouraging and butt-kicking, hilarious and wise, Nathan Bransford’s no-nonsense manifesto talks you through the process of getting the book of your dreams out of your head and onto the page. Whether you’ve been writing for five minutes or fifty years, this is the guide for you.” – Sarah McCarry, author of ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS

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3 Comments

  1. Must Read for wannabe writers Any guy who titles his book on how to write a novel as “How To Write A Novel” has simply got to know what he’s talking about….so I bought it, and read it, and highly recommend it to you. I’m sorta new at this fiction stuff and I can’t say for sure that Nathan’s advice is solid, but I have been around this world enough to know that I’m pretty sure he knows what he’s talking about. I’m a retired partner from a Big Four accounting firm and was the lead author in an award-winning John…

  2. My writing bible! Nathan Bransford’s How to Write A Novel is one of the best writing books I’ve read. He lays out 47 steps for writing “a stupendously awesome novel that you will love forever”. 

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