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BOOKS // 'Ready, Set, Novel!' by Tavia Stewart-Streit, Chris Baty and Lindsey Grant

When I was at Uni., I did a few modules to study creative writing. Now, you can't really teach someone to be a creative writer but you can teach them how to write and different ways to prompt your brain into writing. This is exactly what Ready, Set, Novel! by Tavia Stewart-Streit, Chris Baty and Lindsey Grant does, so naturally I picked up a copy to review and see if it would help spur on my writing post-university!



The idea behind Ready, Set, Novel! is that it helps you create a detailed plan for a plot and characters of a novel. It does this through brainstorms, Q&A, and little writing exercises deigned to really get to know your new characters and write about the world they live in. It's a nifty tool for those who are a bit stuck on where to begin writing novels.

What I like about this book is that it tackles any kind of procrastination head on. Each task is done in baby steps so you can't get lost or distracted along the way which is ideal for someone like me who tends to give up easily. The tasks can be completed in your own time and you don't have to do them in chronological order which is nice as if one leaves you really stumped you can just flip the page and start a different one. I found the tasks relatively easy but all worthwhile - it does a good job of helping you create the back bone for a novel or story you've always known you had in you but weren't sure how to write it down. It's quite a quirky read too and a light-hearted narrative. I say narrative, it's more like you're chatting with an old friend rather than reading a book. I especially enjoyed the colouring in pages at the back of famous authors!

Ready, Set, Novel! is perfect for book lovers and writers, whether you're seriously trying to pen your next novel or just writing for a bit of fun, and will provide hours of entertainment and hundreds of ways to kick-start your brain into creativity.

Becky xo

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3 comments

  1. This book looks really interesting. Writing is something I've always wanted to do, but I think I would struggle with where to start xx

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  2. I have so many unfinished stories sitting on my hard drive. Something like this might just help me get one finished!

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