Review - Live To Write Another Day
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Sky Father Media in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation.
If you are an aspiring writer, then you probably have faced the dreaded writers block. Or even worse yet, you have so many ideas and really have no idea where to start. This book helps guide you along the writing process.
The author takes you step by step through his creative writing process. One thing he definitely emphasizes is that you need to write no matter what. You can't walk away from it out of fear or because you feel blocked or just don't have direction. It is just like any other muscle, if you don't use it then you lose it. So get out that typewriter, word processor or even pen and paper. Just make sure you put some words down whether you want to or not.
One great thing that he has you do is create a concept document. This is basically five pieces of information about your story. What I really like about this is that if you only have a basic concept of what you want to write, you can make the concept document and it might help to put things in perspective to get you started. This is very similar to something that I used to do when I used to play Dungeon & Dragons back in the day. When I created the campaigns that my friends would go on, I would flesh out the story line in a very similar manner.
At the end of each chapter, the author has bullet points with vital information that you need to remember in order to be able to get your story down on paper. Then he also has a list of questions to ask yourself to assist in the creative process.
He even includes what you should do when someone is critiquing your work and when you critique someone else's. This is very important. One of the downfalls of anyone with artistic abilities (writing, painting, music, etc) is that we feel that our creations are just like our babies. We don't always take criticism too easily and can easily overreact.
So whether you are a novice or an experience writer who has hit a brick wall, this book will gently guide you on your way to another day of writing.