An intriguing piece of art is engaging both today and tomorrow. We might notice something new or feel slightly different with each viewing. Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling is like art to me. Every time I read this book it satisfies my appetite for extending my writing craft.
I first read this book early in my writing journey—not when I dabbled in the craft, but when I could call myself a writer without bursting into awkward laughter. I remember paging through the chapters and finding things that spoke directly to my WIP. I found inspiration around every corner of this book and you can tell by looking at it. I wrote all over this book. I know that some of you may find that offensive, but get over it, I like to occasionally talk back to my books (and yes, I dog ear the pages too).
The second time I looked through this book, it was to find discussion questions for The Muse Crew’s writing meetings. Each chapter ends with questions that make you dig deep into the concepts at hand. Answering these questions as they relate to what you’re writing is the perfect activity to extend your skills at any stage in the writing process.
The third time I picked up this book was a few weeks ago. It is in my pile of go-to books so I went to it. I wondered if this book had anything to teach me three novels later. Honestly, I doubted it. If I enjoyed it as a newbie, then by now I must be beyond such things. Wrong. So wrong (and not the first or last time I might add). With my lens of writing experience, I saw the pages in a new light and they still had things to teach me. I could relate to the strategies more deeply because I’ve used many of them. Also, it helps to think about your current WIP and consider how it can be strengthened. This book helps with that. In other words, reading it again was no let down, in fact, I feel like I learned even more.
Did you notice that I haven’t given any of the specific strategies or tips from the book? Well, that’s because there is too much! If this is a topic that you find interesting or relevant, then I suggest buy the book. You will not be disappointed. You might even learn something.
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