It is my firm belief that everyone who can read is also a writer. I concede that some individuals are more talented in the composition of written passages, but all can write. Everyone has a story to tell, in one fashion or another. I, profess to be a wannabe novelist. I have always wanted to easily tell engaging stories that make others want to read and become part of the imaginary world of characters that live in my mind. I can create the characters, the situations that happen to them, but weaving the entire plot and theme of the book are very difficult for me.
Blogging for Books to the rescue. While looking for my next book to request I happened upon, The Story Cure- A Book Doctor's Pain-free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir by Dinty W. Moore. Voila! The perfect answer. The Story Cure offers a diagnosis and the prescribed cures for the main elements of a novel. Along with the written information, The Story Cure also includes interactive lessons to put the cures to practice in fixing a book.
Moore, refers to himself as a book doctor, having taught many classes as well as working with individuals create the book that lives inside of them. I found the information very helpful. I plan to work through the exercises and try to bring life to the story I know I can tell.
I would sincerely recommend The Story Cure to any writer struggling to bring their novel to life.
FTC disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.
- The written word has always been a joy for me. I can not remember a time in my life when I did not have books. Before I was able to read them, my mother read books to me. As soon as I could read independently I was never without a book in my hands or very nearby. As years passed, writing developed into a passion for me as well. I tried novel writing while home with my two children during their early years and was challenged to focus on the craft. I never gave up the love even when I had to give up the pursuit. Now, with grown children and the fact I am sitting on the other side of fifty I can pursue my dream of writing. I have continued the reading quest but now the writing is attainable as well.