How to Write a Novella in 24 Hours

Author: Andrew Mayne

Length: Short

I am a subscriber to Kindle Unlimited.  As a result, since I read on a Kindle, I have no idea the page length of the book.  I read a lot of non-fiction, probably a dozen a month either actually reading or listening through

Review: My expectations were low and this book blew my mind.  It was packed with factual, helpful tips.  Best parts:

  1.  Write anywhere, all the time.  He suggests the use of an app on your phone like Bywords to help you take down your thoughts while on the go.  He plays with 1 sentence stories, which I found to a very helpful exercise to juice up your creativity.
  2. Simple covers can convey a lot.  He talks about some of the most iconic covers, which are universally recognized.  The Godfather, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Twilight.  He then shows a few he made up to convey what alternative covers for things like Harry Potter could have looked like.  For me, someone who rarely thinks in pictures, this was a very interesting chapter.
  3. Practical.  The tips are practical.  He uses noise canceling headphones to boost his productivity.  He tests how it looks on his Kindle before he uploads his ebook.

Do I think I could write a novella in 24 hours after reading this book? No.  However, I do feel like I could get a decent way through an outline and draft in a week of solid writing with these tips.  He even has a little cheatsheet on how he uses social media to announce or launch his books.  For more on launching books, I’ll put up a review of Tim Grahl’s book, Your First 1000 Copies.

Rating: 5 stars.