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I'm always looking for ways to make my work more distinctive in a crowded marketplace. Being asked to compare and contrast my work with my role models was a useful exercise in identifying how they've shaped my writing. I came away with a better understanding of what I'm striving for with my own stories as well as the roots of that inspiration. It forced me to do the WORK.

I'm not given to introspection in my own work, but by asking a series of small but important questions, the DYSS workbook led me down a path to greater understanding of areas where I excel and areas where I need to pay more attention. These exercises not only helped me consider how I shape my stories, but they sparked creativity as I considered the brand I present to my readers. Identifying common themes, tropes, and characters crystallized the direction my writer's voice has started to move.

I fully expected a workbook from Sue to be built on positivity and encouragement, and I was not disappointed. Even if you're someone who dreads breaking down your own writing style (guilty!), Sue's upbeat, step-by-step approach will walk you through the process and help you discover insights you didn't know you had. I could feel her rooting for me to make a breakthrough in every line.

Asking what I didn't want my readers to experience was an interesting reversal in thinking and helped me approach the experience I want them to have so I can avoid disappointing them (and myself). Also, by combining a handful of words to describe my characters, themes, tropes, etc., I have a better understand of the writer I'm becoming.

This workbook is suited for writers at all stages of craft and career development. Newbies will start thinking about the work they want to present to the world, and experienced authors can track how their work has evolved and matured. I enjoyed seeing my answers all laid out for clarity, and the exercises even prompted a breakthrough on a plot snarl in a work-in-progress I've been stuck on.

I thought the Define Your Storytelling workbook was great. I love that it sets realistic expectations about what it can and cannot do. And the tone is so lovey. 🙂

Helped me get back to the joy of storytelling

The Define Your Storytelling Style primer workbook focused on the why most writers write. In the push to do marketing, publicity, and the business side of publishing, writers sometimes forget the reason they wanted to tell stories in the first place. This really helped me get back to the joy of wanting to tell a story.

I have a style! That was a revelation. I never thought, as a beginning writer, that I could have a 'style''. The questions in the workbook made me re-evaluate how I want readers to feel when they read my books. The workbook gave me an entirely new perspective on what style is. Working through the questions, especially thinking about what emotions my favorite books evoke in me, showed me how I want my stories to grab my readers.

The workbook made me really go back to why I wanted to be a writer. I have something unique to say, and that got lost in all the 'tropes, GMC, and plotting' focus and the marketing and business emphasis put on authors. While an author needs all that too, the love of writing never gets mentioned at all. The joy of writing gets lost in all the noise of everything else an author is 'supposed' to be doing. I was blown away by how this workbook did what it said it would.

I was a bit skeptical about 'defining a writing style' for myself. But the workbook did just that. I loved so much of the workbook, but the section looking at your favorite author and when they started and what need their stories fulfilled at that time. I would highly recommend that all authors do this at any stage of their careers, but also redo the workbook at different stages of their careers. I'm just starting out but I can see the benefit of rereading it and filling out the questions again. I had mixed feelings about the cost of the workbook, but what I learned from it is priceless, so it makes it hard to quibble about the price.

Evoking an emotion in readers and getting back to why I wanted to write in the first place really helped me. I have gotten so caught up in the business side of writing that I forgot the pure joy of just telling my story.

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 14, 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.

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An absolute must-have for any author looking to hone their craft

I wanted to take my writing to the next level, and the Define Your Storytelling Style primer workbook helped me by diving deep into the rationale of my story craft and identifying ways to hone my craft. The workbook brought about an awareness of my writing style and how to focus on drawing in my type of reader. It inspired a desire to go forth and write some awesome stories! The guide delivered on its promises by giving concrete examples and step-by-step instructions on how to dive into your writing style. The examples and the detailed exercises made me think about the messages I write in my stories and how best to portray those messages through characters.

I would recommend this guide for any author looking to take their writing to the next level. Absolutely worth the price tag! The examples and instructions were key in helping me identify ways to take my writing to the next level. It can help you, too! Great guide! An absolute must-have for any author looking to hone their craft!

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A wonderful step-by-step process to identify a writer’s strengths

The Define Your Storytelling Style primer workbook sparked the desire to actually think about why I like or dislike certain styles, tropes, and points-of-view. I love the last exercise which boils down the answers into a cohesive statement. It’s the first time I’ve ever completed with a workbook to this type of conclusion.

I would recommend this guide for authors new to writing. It’s a wonderful step-by-step process to identify a writer’s strengths. The information is exceptional.

Lisa Coughlin , Author of contemporary small-town romance
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An enlightening, flexible yet detailed guide

I finished writing my rough draft - yay! - but have felt a little lost in the editing process. I purchased the workbook because I was hoping to narrow down my thought process and try to refocus on my story instead of focusing on all the work I have left to do and how daunting it all seems.

The workbook helped me think on a deeper level about my style—not my story, but my style of writing that story. It was enlightening. I have often searched for a workbook type guide to help me organize my thoughts for a story. This book not only did that but helped me focus on the details of how to write that story and in my own voice/style. Any struggling writer could find this helpful. It's a flexible yet detailed guide to focusing inward by assessing what things you do and don't like about stories you read or write and how to apply those assessments.

Even at the full price of $21 I think it's worth it, as you can reuse it as many times as you need and can help you reorganize your thoughts and priorities per story or as something to keep near your desk to refer to whenever you start feeling overwhelmed in the writing process. It just felt good to self-examine that deeply and in a way I wouldn't have thought to go about it exactly. The workbook helped me identify the various elements I love and helped show that you can mix and match, making it your own, instead of just trying to emulate your favorite author.

Buffy Kennedy , Aspiring Writer

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