Why would I, a book reviewer, read a book about writing a novel? This book has helped me to differentiate between a good novel and a great one. I now know all of the elements that make up a captivating novel. I also now know why I rarely give a novel five stars in a review. I now know the exceptional work it takes to craft a great plot and develop characters that are memorable. Many authors just do not bother with all that work.
A particular aspect of this book I really appreciated was Lakin emphasizing the importance of the first paragraph. Authors need to capture readers immediately. So many times I have had to slog through pages of the introduction of characters and settings before a hint of the plot was evident. If I hadn't made a commitment to the publisher or author to review the book, I would have quit reading it. Nancy Pearl, with the Seattle Public Library, suggests giving a book the number of pages equal to 100 minus your age. The older I get, the more quickly an author has to capture my attention.
I do recommend this book to authors and readers alike.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
C. S. Lakin is a novelist, copy editor, writing coach, mom, and more. She teaches the craft of writing at conferences and retreats. She lives near San Francisco. You can find out more at http://www.livewritethrive.com/.
Ubiquitous Press, 214 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author. My comments are an independent and honest review.