In every book, we create a world apart from our own, even if we’re writing a story set in the present day in our hometown. The world of a book, any book, isn’t like our world. Our world may be cluttered with irrelevant events and people who don’t impact our lives. The world a writer creates includes only those objects, events, and people who have a part in the story in some way. Everything in a story should contribute to it, from the biggest monster to the tiniest comma.
About Writing was released in digital format on October first, and has already garnered two five star reviews. Here's what the reviewers, both authors, say:
Reviews are from Goodreads:
Oct 01, 2015Kelly Collins rated it 5 of 5 stars
I was given this book as an ARC for an honest review. Suz deMello wrote a fantastic primer for the beginning writer, but it should not be overlooked by the more experienced. It’s nice to have a go-to guide to touch on the things easily forgotten. She touches on everything from character arc to plot points. This is an excellent book to have in your craft library.
Kathleen Davis rated it 5 of 5 stars
About Writing by Suz deMello is a small, but powerful book for beginners and experienced writers alike. This little book is an excellent reference to remind all authors of the goals of becoming a better author. I love that Ms. deMello started with this quote, “There are three rules to writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” – Somerset Maugham. Is this not the truth? How many times have we endeavored to learn the correct way to write, and then we pick up a best seller and the author has broken all the rules? This being said, Ms. deMello explains in clear language and with excellent examples the building blocks of writing. She offers excellent ideas for developing characters, plot, conflict, and even how to stir up an author’s creative juices. I believe the most important message in this book is “everything in a story should contribute to it, from the biggest monster to the tiniest comma.” I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in improving their writing. Keep it close and read it often.
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