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YA/Urban Fantasy Writer
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 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.
Empowering, straightforward, and actionable
I always like reading advice to elevate my craft and anticipate keeping that list of character development questions up along side my working document as I start to plan a new book. They're simple and straightforward, and they'll be good focus questions.
The Three Fixable Reasons guide is straightforward and actionable. When Sue says she’s focused on empowering romance authors, she’s not exaggerating.
This guide offers a series of concrete, pragmatic questions that will help you flesh out your characters and find ways to connect with an audience. Even better, the advice is presented in Sue’s positive and encouraging style, so it’s almost like having a friend cheering you on when you open your work-in-progress.
Whether you’re writing your first book or your fifteenth, Sue’s guide has the potential to elevate both your craft and your marketing.
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