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A review on “Your First Novel” by Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb

Gregory Garofalo
Managing Editor

For creative writers, it can be difficult to find decent tools to help them progress their art form.
Painters have their pastels and musicians have their instruments, while creative writers have a slice of the reference section in Barnes and Noble. That is why anyone who aspires to write short stories or a novel should pick up the book: “Your First Novel” by Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb.
The book differs greatly from other “thirty days or less” scam books. “Your First Novel” is a well thought out manual to draft up and finish the novel or story of your dreams.
The way it differs from other writers books is its format. So many writing books are written in a prose format such as “Writing and the Art of Zen” by Ray Bradbury, “On Writing” by Stephen King, and the “Now Write” series.
While the above are all great books in their field, “Your First Novel” stands apart like a breath of fresh air.
The book is written in an easy to follow text book format. It’s filled with short sections and chapters, diagrams, and bullets. All of this makes navigating the book a breeze and allows one to get right to their desired need.
Instead of a book you have to thoroughly read to gain small tips of insight, this is the ultimate guide and reference a writer can use to quickly find tips and specifics that relate to their struggles in writing.
While the book is very helpful, there are of course some draw backs.
One thing the book fails to do at times is keeping its sections concise. The first chapter especially is decent enough, but feels a little drawn out. However the flaws are at a pleasing minimum and overall the book is a fantastic guide to get into writing.

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