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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. 🙂
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.
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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