I wrote a guest blog for a friend. It’s on Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass. You can read it here.
Here’s the begining:
My favorite book on how to write is Writing the Breakout Novel, by Donald Maass. Before encountering it, I was a non-believer. Writing books did nothing for me. Most seemed to be filled with an endless list of what not to do.
But something impelled me pick this book up . . . and everything changed!
Donald Maass is a top New York agent. He reads hundreds of manuscripts a year, maybe thousands. One day—perhaps dazed by the endless mountain of manuscripts he had to scale to reach his desk every day—he began thinking about the phenomena of the breakout novel.