102 Ways to Write a Novel

I finished reading ‘102 Ways to Write a Novel’ by Alex Quick at the weekend. I really enjoyed this book for the numerous (102 in fact!) ways of approaching some aspect of novel writing. I loved the fact that each topic took up only two pages and so provided bite size chunks of humorously written useful information. I learned a lot about different approaches to various aspects of writing, from the planning stages right through  to publication and promotion. It was a well written book that I have found to provide an extensive overview of information that will be of great use. It is not what you would call an academic book, but is very much an easy reader. It has kept me company, and well entertained, through many boring lunch breaks at work recently. I was a little disappointed when I finished it and would have liked it to continue, perhaps to 204 ways.

Now that I have finished that I have more time to work on the other books that I had also been reading concurrently with that. They are ‘The Guermantes Way’ by Proust which I am still working on, and no doubt will be for some time, and ‘The Art of Fiction’ by David Lodge that I will soon be finished. Then I don’t think I will start anything new, at least nothing too serious, until I have got a good bit farther on with the Proust.

Out of interest, how many of you find that you consistently mistype certain words. The main ones for me, and I have done this a number of times whilst writing this post, are whcih, teh and Julain. These are correctly which, the, and rather embarrassingly my name Julian.

Let me know which words your fingers type so fast that they always get them wrong.

4 thoughts on “102 Ways to Write a Novel

  1. Good grief, I am so bad with “the”. My brother went through a phase where he pronounced the word “the” as “tay” (e.g., “teh”) because I sent him so many messages with the darn thing misspelled. I still do it all the time, but I usually catch the mistake before I send it.


    • Glad to hear that there is somebody out there that has the same problem with such an easy word. I have to say that, although I am not a huge fan of being reliant upon spell checkers in general, due to the ease with which correctly spelled, but out of context words can slip into a sentence, the wavy red line under teh has proven invaluable on occasion.


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