I am absolutely the target market for this book, and I suspect that if you are reading this, you are too. Maybe you have novel ideas and have started drafting, or you have a half-finished book sitting somewhere on your computer. If that sounds like you, then read on – you need this book!
Lizzie Enfield knows what she is talking about. She is a journalist, short story writer and has published four novels. This brilliant little book is full of practical suggestions for pushing through the doubt and deliberation to complete your novel.
Most aspiring writers begin with such enthusiasm and excitement, but loose the plot (!) half way though. I identified so much with many of Lizzie’s stories and anecdotes about aspiring student writers or friends of hers whose aim it is to write a novel. I have read a lot of books about writing and how to write ( it’s actually one of my distraction techniques) however, I do think this book has an edge over others I have read. Lizzie advocates that there are no rules when writing, and that each writer needs to find their own way, and what works best for them in their circumstances, but there is also a lot of sensible advice that I needed to hear, along with a range of ideas and suggestions that will help to suit you, whatever your circumstance.
At 72 pages, it’s a short book. I read it along with a notebook, and used it to make notes about my own unfinished book. It has driven me back to my lap top, and made excited about finishing my novel.
Thank you to Emma Dowson for a PDF of this book for review purposes, and thanks to Lizzie Enfield for putting the fire back in me.
Finish Your Book is available as an ebook or as a paperback from all the usual places.