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So it is with this book, and all in the series. They have something to offer. A plan. A road map. The first step in 85000 words and a The End.
You won't walk away with a college education in creative writing. But that isn't what is promised. These books are to get you to think about the road map to writing the novel. The first few steps. Or, being shoved out of the airplane as you white knuckle the rip cord and scream Geronimo.
Is it the end all, be all? Nope.
But it may be just the right kick in the pants. And a little reference material in the event you need to look something up.
The author uses her own written works in three examples for licensing reasons. These examples take up a large part of this guide. She makes her point, but I am left feeling that this was really more of a blog entry that one should be able to look up on an author's website for free. As a single or series of blog entries it would have been really good.
She also references several youtube videos to illustrate how humour affects us, how emotion can be accessed through images and music, and how they can be used to target these reactions. Most of us already know this, which is why I go back to the author's blog-type information. Since this guide is in written form and is intended as a guide for the written word, I'll keep this review to the written examples used.
The first example guides us on connecting with parenting emotions through the use of actions like holding hands, being concerned about someone we are responsible for, etc. It was fine, but felt like it was repeating the same "example": holding hands = identifying with parent readers, describing a slow and distracted walk = identifying with parents of toddler, etc. I just felt that after the fourth example, it was the same-old thing again.
The second and third examples were less repetitive, and more useful to her thesis. At the end, she references Ann Hood's "Creating Character Emotions" as being instrumental to her understanding of body language vs. emotion. Another e-book that I have recently read on a similar topic also referenced Ann's book: Jodi Henley's "Practical Emotional Structure". I got a lot more out of that, and I was happy to have paid almost $5 for it. It has a slightly different focus than this work, but it was riveting.
My last words: if you can get this for free, definitely take a look...maybe it just didn't synch with me. If you have to pay for it, carefully review the length, the price and the reviews to determine if this is the guide for you.
Thank you, Angela
Jon David Cunningham