Though romantic fantasies of the writing life don't include a day job, the fact is that most writers have one. If you find yourself among them, this is your guide, divided into quick mini lessons to make the most of your precious writing time: Technique instruction that breaks down the elements of the novel; Hurdle lessons that help you anticipate and overcome roadblocks;  Going Deeper explorations that provide guidance on the more nuanced aspects of storytelling; and Try It Out assignments, with more than 25 interactive worksheets.

Whether you're just beginning your novel, wondering how to navigate its middle, or bringing it to a close, you'll find the instruction, exercises, and support you need to keep your novel moving forward every time you sit down to write. 


The Nighttime Novelist accomplishes more in about 240 pages than a dozen other "how to write" or "craft your novel" books have ever done.   
- Helen Gallagher, Blogcritics

With such impressive credentials, one might expect a stuffy tome of advice for writers, but instead, Dr. Bates comes across to the reader with a friendly, engaging, and at times, humorous voice ... I often found myself drawn to my own keyboard to try out these assignments immediately.
- Suzanne Pitner, Suite 101

I like to teach nuts and bolts, actual techniques that work. This is the approach Bates takes as well. It's like having a reliable writing coach available for you any time of the day or night.
- James Scott Bell, Kill Zone

Technically, The Nighttime Novelist ... is superbly organized, written in an engaging style that has just the right formula of instruction and fun. Moreover, the design is an outstanding feature of the book with Bates' generous use of colorful pages that are combined with pictorial content, tables and sidebars that wrap the whole book up in a presentation that is extremely pleasing to the eye. As for the text, it is very informative, covering a wide range of topics.
- Norm Goldman, bookpleasures.com

Many how-to-write-a-novel books push the same ideas over and over again to the reader but Bates’ approach is refreshing. He doesn’t repeat the same things other books have. He explores how to connect with your characters and focuses on the end of you story by thinking like the reader who may be holding you novel in their hands in a year. 
- Jeanette Stingley, BellaOnline

The book is an easy read — although you won’t want to read it through; instead, you should stop, reflect on the lessons, and try them out. It’s written in a conversational tone, and pages are punctuated with inspirational quotes from famous writers. If you’re looking for an encouraging gift for a creative friend, especially one who just needs the right hand-holding to get started, this might fit the bill.
- Johnana Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading


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