- Posted by Johanna on November 20, 2010 at 5:02 pm
- Category: Books and Prose
- CREDITS: by Joseph Bates
- PUBLISHER: Writer's Digest Books; $22.99 US
So many people dream of writing a book, and most need to indulge their creativity during off hours. This instruction guide is intended to assist by providing short but thorough lessons in bite-size pieces.
The book is a lay-flat spiral-bound, rather like a cookbook, making it easy to work from a particular page. There are three categories: Techniques, Hurdles (things to avoid and ways to get past obstacles and stopping points), and Going Deeper, plus practical suggestions and exercises. The different areas are color-coded and marked for easy flip-through searching. (That also gives the book a modern, attractive design.) They’re grouped in the usual ways: plot, character, world-building, structure, suspense, pacing, and so on.
The book is an easy read — although you won’t want to read it through; instead, you should stop, reflect on the lessons, and try them out. It’s written in a conversational tone, and pages are punctuated with inspirational quotes from famous writers. If you’re looking for an encouraging gift for a creative friend, especially one who just needs the right hand-holding to get started, this might fit the bill.