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How To Write a Novel - a 3-minute primer

From: Paul Levinson
Series: A View to Media
Length: 03:07

an award-winning author of 5 novels tells what it takes to write one

Plcape_small I'm author of five novels, including The Silk Code, which won the Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999, and my current novel, The Plot to Save Socrates. Here I offer a three-minute tutorial on how to write a novel. The salient points are that you have to actually write and not let life get in the way, and you have to finish what you start writing. (You might enjoy my sequel to this piece, "How To Sell a Novel - a 4-minute primer".)

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I'm author of five novels, including The Silk Code, which won the Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999, and my current novel, The Plot to Save Socrates. Here I offer a three-minute tutorial on how to write a novel. The salient points are that you have to actually write and not let life get in the way, and you have to finish what you start writing. (You might enjoy my sequel to this piece, "How To Sell a Novel - a 4-minute primer".)

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Tough Love for Writers

I like this. No tricks, no fancy stuff. Everybody's looking for the secrets of writing. Levinson applies his considerable expertise to the ones many people overlook. The ones that are possibly most critical. Discouraging? I don't think so. Do this, you have a chance of being published. Ignore it and you got nothing. Thanks.

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Tough Love for Writers

I like this. No tricks, no fancy stuff. Everybody's looking for the secrets of writing. Levinson applies his considerable expertise to the the ones many people overlook. The ones that are possibly most critical. Discouraging? I don't think so. Do this, you have a chance of being published. Ignore it and you got nothing. Thanks.

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Review of How To Write a Novel - a 3-minute primer

Levinson tells aspiring novel writers exactly what they don't want to hear: successful writing isn't about glamour, accoutrements, and inspiration. That night out with your friends does not mean your mind will be clearer and your ideas fresher the next day - it just means another night spent not writing. What makes this piece more than inspirational fluff is its universality - it's not about novels, it's about the near-impossibility of pursuing any dream in the face of everyday life. I found it simultaneously depressing and inspiring. It's a well-done piece, but I wouldn't want to hear it while driving to work in the morning.

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host intro: Paul Levinson is author of five published novels: The Silk Code, Borrowed Tides, The Conhsciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, and The Plot to Save Socrates

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