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Book Review - Story Trumps Structure

Book Title                    Story Trumps Structure

Book Author                Steven James

Publisher                     Writers Digest Books

Pub. Year                    2014

Pages                         293

Genre                         Non-fiction Writing

My Rating                  5 Stars

Ease of Read             Easy reading, but thought provoking on the craft

ISBN                          978-1-59963-651-1

I was attracted to this book because...

   I have attended several conferences or fiction tracks taught by Steven. I appreciate his writing style and philosophy on crating fiction. 

This book was about

   The subtitle sums it up - How to Write Unforgettable Fiction. Steven’s love for story-telling and the elements of story are explored in this book. His teaching gives writers freedom from rules to be able to tell the story. 

Things I liked about this book

   As an organic writer and a lover of story, I’m encouraged by this book to keep digging into my work to allow the true story to come out. 

Why you should read this book

   The more you read and study about writing fiction, the more confused you can become on what are the best methods to write a book. Steve cuts through the rules and jargon to say let the story tell itself. While it might be challenging for the plotter writer, it is worth listening to what he says. It is very encouraging.  

This book lived up to the back cover copy

  This is the declaration of independence for storytellers. The back cover says “don’t limit your fiction - liberate it.” Steve gives practically steps and advice to achieving true story telling.

Steven James 

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