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The best books to help you write your novel

Guides, manuals and handbooks to help turn your writing dreams into reality.

Rachel Deeley and Stephen Carlick
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Every aspiring book writer needs to start somewhere, and there are few places better to start than… well, books. We’re not just talking the novels hat inspire you – presumably, you’ve already read those – but the handbooks, manuals, and how-to guides from the authors and writers who have mastered prose and style that will help turn your writerly dreams into reality.

Here, we round up a handful of the best books to help get your first novel off the ground – or, at least, into a workable first draft.

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