'teach yourself Writing a Novel' is an informative, yet creative, user-friendly and straightforward guide to writing good fiction. It covers everything from story arcs and themes to characterisation and language, and additionally offers plenty of practical advice for those facing the dreaded writer's block, and practical writing exercises for those wanting to refine their skills. Additionally, it gives a full guide to available creative writing courses, now fully updated in this third edition, and plenty of further reading resources for budding authors.
Nigel Watts taught creative writing from 1989, the year in which he published his first novel, The Life Game. He went on to publish a number of novels for adults and children.