First review of the year! New year! New opportunities! New stories to write and what a perfect book to start the year with.
“Editing Your Novel’s Structure“, written by Bethany A Tucker, is a nonfiction, published on 26th December 2020.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Bethany A Tucker for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Before it’s time to check for commas and iron out passive voice, fiction writers need to know that their story is strong. Are your beta readers not finishing? Do they have multiple, conflicting complaints? When you ask them questions about how they experience your story, do they give lukewarm responses? Or have you not even asked anyone to read your story, wondering if it’s ready?
If any of the above is true, you may need to refine the structure of your story. What is structure you ask? Structure is what holds a story together. Does the character arc entrance the reader? Is the world building comprehensive and believable? These questions and more have to be answered by all of us as we turn our drafts into books.
In this concise handbook, complete with checklists for each section, let a veteran writer walk you through the process of self-assessing your novel, from characters to pacing with lots of compassion and a dash of humor. In easy to follow directions and using adaptable strategies, she shows you how to check yourself for plot holes, settle timeline confusion, and snap character arcs into place.
Use this handbook for quick help and quick self-editing checklists on:
– Characters and Character Arcs.
– Point of View.
– A detailed explanation of nearly free self-editing tools and how to apply them to your book to find your own structural problems.
– Beginnings and Ends.
– Editing for sensitive and specialized subject matter.
– Helpful tips on choosing beta readers, when to seek an editor, and a sample questionnaire to give to your first readers.
Grab your copy of Edit Your Novel’s Structure today! Now is the time to finish that draft and get your story out into the world.
Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US
About the Author
Bethany Tucker is an author and editor located near Seattle, U.S.A. Story has always been a part of her life. With over twenty years of writing and teaching experience, she’s more than ready to take your hand and pull back the curtain on writing craft and mindset. Last year she edited over a million words for aspiring authors. Her YA fantasy series Adelaide is published wide under the pen name Mustang Rabbit and her dark epic fantasy is releasing in 2021 under Ciara Darren. You can find more about her services for authors at TheArtandScienceofWords.com.
Social Media Links: Editing Website | Author Website
Some may know, but in can you don’t, I’m not just a reader and reviewer, but also a writer. And one of my new year’s resolutions was to read more nonfiction books about writing and editing. This one I may have read before the year ended, but it just solidified my thought about exploring more the craft of writing.
As someone that is going to edit the books that she finished in 2020, it’s helpful since it’s targeting that part of the process. And I will go back to it, specially for the checklist and to make my own based on what I have learn.
It’s quite well organized and that’s good because if you want to focus on editing about the setting and world building, you know where to find the information needed. So you don’t need to read the book in it’s entirety. You can read sections as it’s relevant for your situation.
Another thing that I will like to point out is that the fact that it talks about structure and not grammar or phrasing and things in that topic, it can be useful no matter the language you write in. From my perspective, a Portuguese writer, that’s what I look forward in a book about the craft of writing.
Overall, I liked it and I will be using it as a resource material while editing my stories.
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