“How to Write a Novel in 100 Days” by John Coyne

My friend and writing mentor John Coyne has published a new writing guide.

From the news release:CoyneBook

For anyone who has a story that needs to be told … or who dreams of writing and publishing a novel … or who has ever thought, “I could have written that book!”

Now there is a practical, inspirational and dependable guidebook that will skillfully coach the first-time novelist from idea stage to publishable manuscript.

In HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 100 DAYS, seven-time bestselling author and veteran writing teacher John Coyne guides the beginning or experienced novelist with a proven daily formula that he has used to write and publish a dozen widely read novels. Packed with advice, tips, encouragement, tasks, wisdom, questions and inspiration from Day 1 to Day 100, Coyne’s easy-to-follow manual will steer writers of all abilities to a finished, full-length, publishable manuscript in just over three months.

“The only two things you need to write a novel are the ability to write a simple English sentence and the desire to write,” says Coyne in the book’s introduction. “You can do it.”

John Coyne
Bestselling author John Coyne.

That fundamental belief and Coyne’s unwavering encouragement permeate HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 100 DAYS. It’s like having your own personal writing coach constantly at your side.

Coyne has devoted a lifetime to the written word—as a student, a writer, an author, an editor and a teacher. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature. He has been published in national magazines such as SmithsonianGlamourTV Guide and Travel & Leisure. He is the bestselling author of 12 novels and a total of more than 25 books of fiction and nonfiction in many genres, including mystery, horror, romance, sports, history and instructional/how to.


I recommend John’s book. I write nonfiction rather than fiction, but John has terrific guidance for writers of all stripes. In fact, I used his tips (in an earlier form) to help me write my first book, a sports narrative that was published by St. Martin’s Press.


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