179 Ways to Save a Novel (Paperback)

Matters of Vital Concern to Fiction Writers

By Peter Selgin

Writer's Digest Books, 9781582976075, 282pp.

Publication Date: April 21, 2010

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Looking for ways to fix your novel? Or: Is your fiction writing in peril?

Based on real advice gleaned from thousands of writing critiques, "179 Ways to Save a Novel" is more than a collection of ideas for troubleshooting your work-in-progress (though it holds plenty of practical writing advice). This inspiring guide doubles as a thoughtful examination of the writing life--and not just with respect to writing, but to the reading habits and thought processes of writers.

The 179 meditations in this book are grouped under six headings:

  • Substance
  • Structure
  • Style
  • Symbol, Myth & Metaphor
  • Soul
  • and Other Matters
Dip into the book at random when in need of nonspecific advice, inspiration, or criticism. Or read it straight through for a deeper examination of the writing life. However you encounter them, these meditations are guaranteed to challenge, inspire, provoke--and occasionally to tickle or annoy. But most of all they'll awaken a deeper awareness of the fiction writer's many challenges and thorny choices.

About the Author

Peter Selgin is the author of "By Cunning & Craft" (Writer's Digest, 2007). His stories and essays have appeared in more than 50 publications including "Salon.com," "Glimmer Train," "Boulevard," "Poets & Writers" and "Missouri Review." His story collection, "Drowning Lessons," was a winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.