Tuesday, 27 September 2011


Yeah, yeah, it's a bit rich Our Man pontificating about how to write a novel when he is still (still, dammit, still) writing his first one, but he's seen a fair few shysters out there who will tell you how to write a novel, market it and make a $1,000 a second - even though they haven't written a novel, but have written a how-to-write ebook that you can get for $2.99 from Amazon. And they do speaking tours too. (And probably teach creative writing courses in universities and everything - ed.)

Well, Our Man ain't flogging no how-to-write book. But he was asked to recommend some useful advice on how to write a novel. The best advice, Our Man has learnt, is to just bloody well write and stop reading fuckwits trying to sell you their book about how they sold you their book. (As featured on twitter).

All that said, Our Man was asked by a writing damsel in distress for his advice on where to get some good writing advice. So here are three links that have helped Our Man:

1. How to write a novel in 100 days (excellent, practical advice on writing and not too much of it. Though the publishing stuff is way out of date).

2. The Passive Voice (excellent stuff and links to all aspects of publishing and self-publishing and writing too)

3. Terrible Minds (Yeah, his comical swearing gets a bit laboured at times, and yeah, his main published works are how to write books, but... his free advice is solid.)

Or save yourself some time and just follow these seven points from Kurt Vonnegut. And Our Man didn't even charge you $0.99.

Pic lifted from here (where there's even more bloody advice).


Joanne Greenway said...

This is amazing, thank you! You're totes on the list for a couple of glasses of free bubbly at my glittering book launch. Fnar.

I love Vonnegut.

Ben said...

Thank you for the link ;)

BiggerInJapan said...

and when is it ready?

Your Agent already has his credit card (minus the credit) ready for a purrrr-chase.

Our Man in Abiko said...

First draft was done as of 3am this morning. I'll keep ya posted.

how to convert m4a to mp3 said...

i tried to write a book a few years ago but i failed :)
it was only a little hobby, so i don't care.
i wonder if i'd succeed if i read this tips :)