Episode 45: Novelist Spotlight #45: James N. Frey, author of ‘How to Write a Damn Good Novel’


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James N. Frey is an award-winning playwright and the author of nine novels, including: “The Long Way to Die,” which was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, and “Winter of the Wolves,” a Literary Guild Selection. But he is best known for his series of books about how to write novels, beginning with “How to Write a Damn Good Novel,” and followed by a series of sequels about how to write mysteries, thrillers and other types of fiction.

We discuss:

>> His writing workshops

>> The cardinal mistakes made by aspiring novelists

>> Conflict

>> Writing dialog

>> Why it’s all about the “who”

>> The use of “premise”

>> Considerations around point-of-view

>> His forthcoming book about romance writing

Learn more about James N. Frey here: http://www.jamesnfrey.com/

Novelist Spotlight is produced and hosted by Mike Consol, author of “Hardwood: A Novel About College Basketball and Other Games Young Men Play,” and three yet-to-be-published manuscripts, including “Family Recipes: A Novel about Italian Culture, Catholic Guilt and the Culinary Crime of the Century,” “Lolita Firestone: A Supernatural Novel,” and the short story collection “Love American Style.” Write to him at novelistspotlight@gmail.com. We hope you will subscribe and share the link with any family, friends or colleagues who might benefit from this program.

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