Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Story Cure

The Story Cure: A Book Doctor's Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir



When you are writing a book and get stuck, it's good to get a little bit of help, even if it means going back to the basics a little bit. 

In a day in age where it's easy to slip into the many things we want to do or say in a book, it's nice to read something that takes it back to the basics.

This book has been helpful to re-guide me in my own writing on some level. Because it is a matter of bringing to a point or two rather than to take it in many different directions.

Some people may think that this book is just for beginners but I would argue that even the most potent of writers can use this book to help guide them back to the basics.

It was good in giving ideas for where to go, and places to explore plus really good reminders in which I needed to continue to write the book I am writing.

That being said, I wish that there was something more in it. Wishing that there was more guidance beyond just the basics to have an all-in-one kind of book. The difference is that there are many kinds of books and the rules are different for each one so I think he did well considering.

The book I am writing started here!  

I find this book to be extremely helpful to think about and even revisit as you are writing your book. I wish it was more defined in the "symptom and cure" part of each chapter. However, I think he purposely leaves it open to have the reader find for themselves how they would write and what that would be defined for them. So I think the intent is for it to be more open that most people would like.

However, it could be the tipper for some writers, where the one piece that was missing was right there in front of them.

I think this is a book more for a writer who knows what they are writing and needs the extra direction. It is for those writers who are starting but this is only the beginning for them. I think defining the help this book can give is naive. But I do think it can make someone into an author and because of that...

I give it ☀☀☀☀☀ out of 5.

Book Description:

A collection of cures for writer's block, plotting and characterization issues, and other ailments writers face when completing a novel or memoir, prescribed by the director of creative writing at Ohio University.

People want to write the book they know is inside of them, but they run into stumbling blocks that trouble everyone from beginners to seasoned writers. Drawing on his years of teaching at both the university level and at writing workshops across the country, Professor Dinty W. Moore dons his book-doctor hat to present an authoritative guide to curing the issues that truly plague writers at all levels. His hard-hitting handbook provides inspiring solutions for diagnoses such as character anemia, flat plot, and silent voice, and is peppered with flashes of Moore's signature wit and unique take on the writing life. 

 * I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review * 


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