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How to Write Action Adventure Novels (Classic Wisdom on Writing Series) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B0056HH7HG
- Publisher : The Write Thought (16 June 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 1080 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 176 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 685,093 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When I heard recently that Newton had penned a novel about how to write an action-adventure novel, I immediately knew I needed to pick it up and give it a spin. All of Newton's contributions to the Bolan series had proven to be excellently written, and I eagerly awaited seeing what he had to say.
Having completed it, I can't help but ask, "Why did nobody give me this book when I was a pimply-faced 14-year-old trying his hand at writing a book?"
Just about every piece of advice Newton offers in the book is something I learned in my 20+ years of writing, either from Doug or through my own trial and error. From how to develop characters, to how to plot, to how graphic violence or sex should be in print, all of it is valid advice. Additionally, Newton's narrative voice is full of sarcasm that will leave aspiring authors laughing at his wit and at his examples of what constitutes bad writing.
The only nitpick I have is the chapter about publishing. I can't help but wonder how much the publishing scene has changed since Newton penned this book 33 years ago. Self-publishing is a much more feasible platform in the here and now, especially with the spread of Kindle Direct Publishing, and even more especially if one wishes to write an action thriller that doesn't meet the thematic requirements and political bend put forth by the traditional publishing houses.
Still, it's not a big enough nitpick to detract from my writing. I'll definitely be re-reading this one from time to time.
For new and aspiring writers, it's a comprehensive how-to that will certainly help steer them right and hone their craft. For seasoned veterans, it's a master refresher on the basics that should be studied periodically.
Very highly recommended.
Back in the late 80's veteran action writer Mike Newton, who has written a number of Gold Eagle Executioner novels and a pile of other action adventure reads, sat down and wrote this guide for poor schmucks like me who wanted to write about guys running around with Uzis and grenade launchers. This reference book has no doubt been buried largely unread in the back room piles of used bookstores for decades now. But Mike is a smart guy and knows that his work can live on once again in an eBook format.
Overall, this is a very solid book. Mike covers a lot of the basics that most writers should understand (but its always good to be reminded), like having a strong hook, how to develop good characters, and so forth, but he always looks at things from an action and adventure standpoint. This is coupled with a lot of excerpts from books and some of them are of what NOT to do, which I always think is a good idea. He also reminds writers that research is vital for such a niche genre because so many of the readers have military or law enforcement backgrounds, and can sniff out a fake very quickly. Although very dated now, a large number of reference works are provided for authors who didn't know where to begin in the pre-Google days.
Lastly, there is a whole chapter on breaking into the genre publishing gig. This is actually the saddest part about this book, because it makes it so obvious how much of a stranglehold traditional publishers have over the authors. Advice like how you never want to call unsolicited - which in and of itself is not a bad thing to say - is badly colored when it's followed up with how you never want to annoy anyone, ever, because somehow, some day, they might be in a position to open or close the gates for your career. Reading this section of the book, is it any wonder Kindle Direct Publishing and other indie pub outlets are being flooded?
For five dollars, I think this book is still a good investment. I found most "so you want to be a writer" books make me want to throw up, and this one is refreshingly honest, well-written, and possesses just the right amount of cheek and sarcasm. Highly recommended.