How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them–A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide

I’m not even in the market to write a novel but I absolutely loved this book. It’s 100% focused on creating good writing, and it makes you laugh and laugh and laugh. Sometimes it’s the just the quote at the beginning of the chapter that is perfect, like this one for the chapter on Endings: “And Jesus lived happily ever after.” Who knew that 6 words could pack that much humor? Or there’s the section on Character, wherein we’re cautioned not to write people who have no traits, just sock puppets uncovering a ring of sock puppets at the bottom of a sock puppet ocean. Hilarious skewering of the “how to” books about writing that actually manages to sneak in helpful tips (if you do the opposite).