Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel by Lisa Cron

Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere)Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel by Lisa Cron

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I agree that this book can be a valuable asset to a writer either starting out or finding themselves in the midst of a brain freeze. There are several points Cron makes that are logical and worth investing some time in. I agree that more work needs to be done with character development. I’ve read too many books where the characters are undeveloped or just lack any personality. What I don’t agree with is that a story shouldn’t start with an outline, or plotting. I believe you need both elements in order to create a great novel. You need character development, which this book can be extremely helpful with, and you need to have a solid plot outline; a developed plot thread. I also believe that most writers could do with a bit of grammar study. Having just one piece of the novel puzzle won’t gift you with a magical outcome. You need all of the pieces. Overall I feel this is a book worth reading and referring to but I don’t feel it’s the only reference an author should refer to. I received an ARC through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion in any way.

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Jumpstart Your Creativity by Shawn Doyle and Steven Rowell

Jumpstart Your Creativity: 10 Jolts to Get Creative and Stay CreativeJumpstart Your Creativity: 10 Jolts to Get Creative and Stay Creative by Shawn Doyle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The title (and cover design) caught my attention right away. I wasn’t disappointed reading it and actually enjoyed it. While a lot of self-help books are dry and full of boring logic, this one was written in a very entertaining way. Not only will you learn something, you’ll enjoy the process. The suggestions are really good, valid, and effective. Overall it’s well written and an easy fun read.

I receive a free copy of the ebook version from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Write Your Own: Mystery

Write Your Own: MysteryWrite Your Own: Mystery by Pie Corbett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nicely done introduction for children and teens learning how to write captivating mysteries. The wording does not speak down to the reader and gives good examples as well as sources for great works. It also includes some very good advice on how to wrap up your story and keep it interesting and readable from start to finish.

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