Friday, December 19, 2014

#Book Review: Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling

SO MUCH GREAT ADVICE! I highly recommend.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've read a lot of books on the craft of writing, and I've come to judge these books based on how many passages I've highlighted or bookmarked. And man ... I marked up this book! I've been a fan of Ray Rhamey's for a long time (especially his Flogging The Quill website), and I was excited to read this book to learn more from him.

What I loved:
1. This book contains SO MUCH great advice - from big ideas of storytelling down to little facets of word choice.
2. His writing style is very easy to read.
3. He's included practical tips and exercises for the reader to put into immediate practice.

What I disliked:
1. Sometimes Ray criticized himself when he gave actual writing examples. While some people may see this as humility, I felt it undermined his authority as an expert in the field.
2. Much of the book's beginning chapters read like a laundry list of Ray's personal writing pet peeves.
3. I read the Kindle version, and many of the pictures were hard to see. When I clicked on them they were blurry.

The list of things I loved FAR outweighed the list of things I disliked. Not only would I recommend this book to all of my writing friends, I will also read this book again and again to master the concepts presented within its pages.

[Note: I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.]

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