“How good is this book? I finished it all in one sitting. Ready for some different perspectives on writing? You will find it here, by an author of eleven books. It should turn your world upside down if you are serious about writing.”see full review » see other reviews »
“How good is this book? I finished it all in one sitting. Ready for some different perspectives on writing? You will find it here, by an author of eleven books. It should turn your world upside down if you are serious about writing.”SilverTill wrote this review Tuesday, May 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really like Aaron’s writing triangle: Knowledge, Enthusiasm, Time. Having recently dragged myself through painful re-writes of two novels, I have become a believer in planning story structure. Like many writers, I have written outlines and strayed when my imagination takes hold. Aaron’s suggestions on story knowledge and structure are helpful and not too ridged. The section on developing knowledge of the story before writing is well done and seems like solid advice.
This book is motivational and entertaining, but I enjoy success stories and agree with her ideas about writing happy. Aaron also has a nice section at the end of the novel (advice to new writers) about the writing police: there are none. The theme of this section is that we should write stories we want to write, and not be discouraged because of genre (whichever that may be) is not selling right now.
Aaron’s section on editing seems well thought out and efficient. I already use scene maps and can vouch for their usefulness during editing and revision. Timelines are probably a good idea. I combine the To Do list with my scene map.
The book could use a proof reader. There are some missing words and misspellings. Overall, I found this book very useful and motivating. 2K to 10K exceeded my expectations.
“This is an amazing book. I don't even know what else to say. It is so practical yet so profound. It has literally changed the way I write. The title actually says it all and Rachel Aaron delivers. It really is about writing faster AND better. This is one I have no hesitation recommending. It is possibly the best book I've every read (at least recently) on writing craft. Period. ”Tracy K wrote this review Saturday, January 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No