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Revise to Write: Edit Your Novel, Get Published and Become a Better Writer by Kim McDougall is a compact but concise guide, the perfect handbook for any aspiring writer. Maybe you have written your first novel or screenplay, and you want to clean up the rough edges before you submit to industry professionals. Or maybe you are yet to embark on your first writing project. This guide will take you by the hand and lead you through all the common pitfalls. You will discover how to create memorable and realistic characters, introduce conflict and how it should initiate change, and keep the pace of the story moving forward. You will also learn how to write the perfect eye-catching synopsis and log line and much much more. Follow the exercises and checklists provided to produce well structured and professional writing that would take years to perfect.
As a writer myself, I was interested to read this guide to see what subjects would be covered. The quality of the book blew me away. The author has covered absolutely every topic, from creating a good structure, brainstorming ideas, to the more advanced subject of the importance of flaws in a character and creating a hook in the plot. I wish I'd had this guide at my disposal when I started out as a writer, as it would have saved me years learning the craft. My favourite part of the book was the scene by scene exercise section. I cannot praise this book highly enough. Not only has the author filled this book with so much advice and guidance, Kim McDougall has also included a further reading and resource section. I am going to recommend this to every writer who is starting out. A perfect guide!