Unlocking the Novella-in-Flash: from Blank Page to Finished Manuscript
Ad Hoc Fiction (2022)
Reviewed by Lily Andrews for Reader Views (01/2023)
“Unlocking the Novella-in-Flash: from Blank Page to Finished Manuscript” is a substantial, vigorous, and robust volume written to empower and equip aspiring, new, and existing authors in their quest of becoming more skillful and efficient in their craft. The author, Michael Loveday, is an experienced writer and editor, whose decade-old proficiency places this book as a potent and invaluable gem.
The book is divided into three sections that feature various forms and approaches to creative writing, obstacles one is likely to encounter. Undoubtedly, authoring a novella is an exercise that requires expertise to navigate through effectively, right from generating prolific ideas to engendering a final draft ready for publishing. This book is a classic that is bound to spring its writing audience into the accomplished authors’ status, because of its effectual and priceless intelligence and articulateness. Poring it over will require readers to invest time, energy, patience, and constancy in order to draw in every inch of its detail and notation.
The author has notably dissected the writing process right from idea formation to editing the final blueprint, in meticulous one hundred plus pages, that reveal solid steps set to instill a unique set of skills such as identifying the topics that fascinate a writer, creation of characters and their personalities, and significance of the right setting and environment, especially when writing a novella that steps outside of realism towards fantasy, magic or science fiction.
Readers will need to look no further after encountering the prowess and adeptness displayed in this well-written work. It is a masterpiece in which Loveday has incorporated a wide range of experiences, with a rich array of appendixes and end-notes that allow readers to access supplementary files and data regarding the subject.
In conclusion, “Unlocking the Novella-in-Flash: from Blank Page to Finished Manuscript” is a five-star resource that will help thousands of writers produce the best possible version of their creative work, while also helping them find their unique voice in a scope that is highly competitive, and one that continues to demand high quality and distinctive reads.