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Composition, by Linda Lavid (Aventine, 2007)

Book Cover - CompositionIn this book Linda Lavid, the author of Paloma, Rented Rooms, and Thirst, has written a helpful guide for new writers.


For anyone who has even thought about becoming a writer, this small volume provides a helping hand as you join your first writers' group, write something every day, and analyze the novel you'd like to write.


Much to her credit, Lavid also provides a useful index and list of references.


The author is treated to a balanced explanation of story goal, plot, scene, development, and revision. But this book doesn't make the common error of stopping at that point and leaving the author with a dream and manuscript that will meet just a few readers.


In the second section, Lavid explains the process of publishing, right along with the tough parts, which include book design and a marketing campaign.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who is just starting n a writing hobby or career, and anyone who'd like to better understand the book publishing process.

Bruce Cook, Ph.D.


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