Great quote: "Don't be afraid if the first attempt is wide of the mark." (Page 52)
Book summary: "In Cron takes you, step-by-step, through the creation of a novel from the first glimmer of an idea, to a complete multilayered blueprint—including fully realized scenes—that evolves into a first draft with the authority, richness, and command of a riveting sixth or seventh draft." (Back Cover)
My thoughts: Don't fancy yourself a writer, but feel you have a book hidden inside you that roaring to come out? Story Genius by Lisa Cron is for you. It's for everyone with a spark of an idea and paralyzing fear that results in blank pages filled with a story of nothing.
Taking the (wrong) wisdom of how to write a story that was taught by diligent elementary school teachers, Cron turns the ideas around in Story Genius. With clear and insightful steps, Cron guides the readers through a successful writing pattern. And Cron's engaging writing style herself makes her advice a much needed no-nonsense kick-in-the-pants for all aspiring writers.
Story Genius by Lisa Cron is like a master class in creative writing. After posing questions and waiting for responses, Cron seems to roll her eyes (in a good way) and beg the aspiring writer to dig deeper in order to produce a much better storyline. Cron's process is clear and precise, but also tremendously helpful and surprisingly easy to understand.
Video: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron at TEDxFurmanU
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
- Pages: 280
- Year originally published: 2016
- Author: Learn more about Lisa Cron at wiredforstory.com.
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