August has been a quiet month on the blog, I’ve been busy working away on a new story which has completely consumed my brain. I haven’t read as many books as I would in the summer holidays normally (although I do have an August reads round up coming soon) but I couldn’t resist dipping into, ‘How To Write A Great Story,’ by Caroline Lawrence with illustrations by Linzie Hunter. It arrived at the perfect time when I was knee deep in edits, not able to see the wood from the trees and I desperately devoured it hoping for some nuggets of wisdom that could help. And help it did indeed!
Caroline has created a book stuffed full of tips, tricks and tropes to get your mind whirring. It is aimed at those who want to learn the necessary skills to write whatever their age and for me as I embark on launching creative writing classes I was really intrigued to see what it had to offer. Linzie’s fun and quirky illustrations make this book accessible and entertaining allowing the younger reader not to feel intimidated by the wealth of information inside. From structuring stories, to ideas for writing workshops this has everything you need to get your creative juices flowing. I was particularly drawn to part two of the book which encourages the reader to dip in an out when they need specific advice or need to understand a concept quickly. This works really well with my brain as despite reading lots of books my brain is easily distracted and I often find myself multi-tasking while reading or writing. I think this is a perfect gift for an aspiring writer and would make a useful addition to any school library.
Thank you to Caroline for sending me a gifted copy of this book in exchange for a review. ‘How To Write A Great Story,’ is available to buy now online or from any good bookshop.