Friday, October 28, 2016

A NOVEL IDEA - Book Review

Tyndale House Publishers

Cover information: Best-selling Christian fiction writers have teamed together to contribute articles on the craft of writing. A Novel Idea contains tips on brainstorming ideas and crafting and marketing a novel. It explains what makes a Christian novel "Christian" and offers tips on how to approach tough topics. Contributors include Jerry B. Jenkins, Karen Kingsbury, Francine rivers, and many other beloved authors.

My review: I learned about this book several years ago from Angela Hunt at a writer's retreat where we both spoke. It is a great reference book for those writing Christian fiction even though it has been out since 2009. This compilation is like having several books in one making it easy to refer to for quick information. And of course, no one can dispute the quality of information, just look at the authors! 

It is divided into four sections. The first covers the Fundamentals of Fiction with chapters on plot, characters, dialogue, point of view, pacing, setting, and descriptions. The second, Developing Your Craft, covers preparation, the discipline of writing, finding your voice, writing with expression, and handling rejection. The third, Writing Christian Fiction, covers discerning your calling and the distinctives of Christian fiction, and the fourth, Networking and Marketing, covers feedback, breaking into publishing, and marketing.

As you can see it is pretty comprehensive. If you write or are interested in writing Christian fiction this book is one to have on your reference shelf! 

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