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The Fire in Fiction

The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great by Donald Maass

A how-to-write book.  A rare one:  intended for the people who write novels already.  Like, indeed, his Writing the Breakout Novel, which perhaps you should read first.

However, this is his list of problems in manuscripts -- derived from his job as an agent.  Followed by exercises on things from your characters, to voice, to tension, to how to be funny.

There are quite a few exercises, all of which presuppose you have a manuscript in hand.  Might be interesting to try to apply in first drafts or pre-writing.
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