How to Fix Your Novel

Genre: Non Fiction

Book Summary

Have you started a novel, only to get part way into the

manuscript and find yourself stuck? Or do you have an idea for a novel, but aren't sure where to begin? Have you completed a first draft, but feel it doesn't quite have the luster of professional writing?

In this lively and fun-to-read guide, Steve Alcorn shows you the remedies you need to achieve success. Step by step, you'll breathe life into old manuscripts, create new novels that read like bestsellers, and put the spark back into your writing life. Topics include:

  • Story Structure
  • Character Building
  • Viewpoint
  • Tense
  • Voice
  • Setting
  • Conflict
  • Suspense
  • Mystery
  • Dialogue
  • Writing Big
  • Beginnings and Endings
  • Getting Published

Whether you're a first time novelist still planning your story, or an experienced author looking for ways to bring your fiction to life, How to Fix Your Novel is the ideal prescription.


I learnt so much from this book! For each how-to book I read, I keep a folder of notes on my phone so I can revisit learning points and brush up on my skills whenever they are rusty. 

- Steve doesn't beat around the bush or repeat himself unnecessarily
- helps you outline your story, plot and characters (I simply love his Comprehensive Character Attribute Form)
- goes through absolutely everything about a novel you could think of, and then more
- explains scene and sequel extremely well; now I know why I never connected with some books!
- explains what makes an effective character (how protagonists should mirror antagonists)
- his last chapter on getting your novel published was a real eye-opener

Just buy this book, seriously. 

About the Author

Steve Alcorn is the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc., a company that designs products used in nearly all of the world’s theme parks. He is the author of many books, including historical fiction, romance, young adult novels, and many non-fiction books including How to Fix Your Novel, Building a Better Mouse and Theme Park Design.

During the past decade he has helped more than 30,000 aspiring authors structure their novels through the online learning programs of 2000 colleges and universities worldwide. Learn more at

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