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Two experienced authors pool their collective knowledge and experience in this informative and engagingly written writer’s companion. The book provides a wealth of information, advice and calls to action for the budding or more experienced novelist or short story writer. It covers all aspects of writing, from how to generate ideas to where to place your finished work.
This is the first how-to audiobook I’ve tried, and I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to follow; I could sit back, give my eyes a rest and learn. If I wanted to go back over some specific points, I turned to the PDF that accompanies the audiobook. All in all, From Story Idea to Reader is a valuable addition to my collection of books on writing.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
I should start by saying that was given this free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
The book is written in the style of a dialogue between the two authors who are experienced, successful writers. Throughout the book they share with the reader/listener their considerable experience and knowledge of how to manage the whole process of becoming and remaining a successful, published writer. The book does this very comprehensively indeed e.g. there is a great section on the use of technology and the internet, which I hadn’t expected.
In terms of actual “writing” advice the book is equally comprehensive and includes many useful lists and exercises to get the writing juices going. Perhaps worth noting, though that long lists (as useful as they are) don’t easily lend themselves to the audiobook medium.
If you are considering writing for the short story magazine market you will, in my opinion, find this book indispensable. Budding male authors might find the many examples given to make a point a bit over weighted towards a female lifestyle and a womag orientation. However, this does not detract from the quality of the advice given throughout the book. It’s just a little hard to relate to the decidedly female focus when listening to the audiobook whilst shaving in front of the bathroom mirror early in the morning. And that, of course, is the purpose of the audiobook. You can listen to it whilst doing something else.
For me, it will be an excellent resource which I will absorb over time, not necessarily by listening from beginning to end, but by dipping into whilst I pursue the obligatory, often mundane, tasks in life.
Finally, and this is very important. The book is narrated by a soft spoken North American male who does a great job of engaging and retaining the interest of the listener.
Very professionally done.
I found this to be full of easy-to-follow advice and exercises. I especially thought the exercises were what made the whole thing worth the listen and creditworthy. I do feel like parts of it would have been better in print, but having a notebook handy while listening would optimal to get the most out of this listen.
I imagine it's hard to put together any kind of instructional that can appeal to a wide range of people without condescending to some and going over the heads of others. I thought a couple spots were a bit tedious, or "Let me explain this very common sense idea to you using small words." However, it wasn't enough to make me not recommend the book overall. I think this can be very helpful to someone who is considering trying their hand at writing.
The narration is clear and read well. It is very much a reading rather than a performance as it is a "how-to" which is obviously written by 2 women and read by one man. However, there is nothing lost in the conversion from print to audio, and CW Hall did a great job.
I received this audiobook at my request in exchange for an UNBIASED review.
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In "From Story Idea to Reader" you'll find not only an easy guide to writing fiction if that is indeed what you're aspiring to do, but also a comprehensive look into the process of creative writing that might make your next reading session even more enjoyable. Drawing from their vast experience as published authors, Patsy Collins and Rosemary Kind are able to describe the various steps required to create your own best-seller in a clear and enjoyable manner. A very useful tool for the aspiring authors
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