I wrote a guest blog for a friend. It's on Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass. You can read it here.
Here's the begining:
My favorite book on how to write is Writing the Breakout Novel, by Donald Maass. Before encountering it, I was a non-believer. Writing books did nothing for me. Most seemed to be filled with an endless list of what not to do.
But something impelled me pick this book up . . . and everything changed!
Donald Maass is a top New York agent. He reads hundreds of manuscripts a year, maybe thousands. One day—perhaps dazed by the endless mountain of manuscripts he had to scale to reach his desk every day—he began thinking about the phenomena of the breakout novel.Read more.