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This guide has something for everyone, not just romance writers
I felt stuck with my writing and wanted to read something that would inspire some ideas. The part about committing to your own style really resonated with me. I realized I have a tendency to constantly change my style of storytelling when I write and second guess myself. It prohibits me from moving forward and finishing because I keep going back. I usually write in Scrivener, but the problem with that is each chapter is easily accessible to me, which makes it easy for me to go back instead of forward. Once I realized my problem, I saved my story into a word document, making it more of a hassle to go back and it made me focus on where I was supposed to be.
The Three Reasons Guide gave me the information it said it would as well as some bonus information, which is always a plus. It also felt less like I was reading a book and more like I was talking to a friend. I've struggled with owning my own style for years, but it's thanks to books like this that I've been able to figure it out little by little. I realized that I just need to write what I love and not overthink it.
Anyone who is serious about writing would benefit from this book. Even if they aren't exclusively romance writers. There is something for everyone in here.
A lot of good information packed into such a short guide!
Three Fixable Reasons is a valuable guide for newly published writers. I wish I'd read this when I first started. Having said that, I can definitely see the benefit it would have for a writer at any stage in their career, whether learning something new or reviewing something learned and forgotten.
As I was going through the questions on page 24, I had an AHA! moment in the story I'm working on. I realized I wasn't delving far enough into my main character's past. Once I did that, I was able to see why she was behaving the way she was and everything made sense.
My expectations were high. I was not disappointed.
Sue is a savvy editor who knows the industry. I know she is a perfectionist, so my expectations were high. I was not disappointed.
Three Fixable Reasons confirmed for me that focusing on advertising and promotion, which I hate, and following trends aren't necessarily the answers. That the most important element of attracting readers and holding onto them is the writing and storytelling. Music to my ears because it's the part of the job that's most important to me.
The guide helped me realize that I have a lot of heavy lifting to do at the onset of my story, even before I start writing. I need to know my characters inside and out and I need to plot more. I need to go much deeper than I have been.
I especially liked the section about getting lost in the crowd. I write in a very crowded market and it's easy to get overlooked. Sue's guide reminded me that holding on to my style is extremely important because it may be what sets me apart.
I recommend this guide for anyone who is unhappy with their sales or just anxious to hook new readers, or hold the ones they already have. Three Fixable Reasons reinforced just how important the story is to readers and how hard you have to work to make each book come alive, to make it resonate with readers and keep them coming back for more.
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