Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Serita Deborah Stevens
Publisher: Motivational Press, Inc.
“Character is what makes your book count. Character is memorable. Character is conflict and the facing of jeopardy. Even if you have the same plot as someone else, it’s how the characters relate to one another which is important.”
This motivational paperback targets those interested in writing, especially fiction, non-fiction, and screenplays. Containing exercises, it may help those seriously disciplined for daily writing.
After a forward, twenty-nine chapters discuss writing from a writer’s perspective, ending with references, self-publishing resources, appendix, and character traits. With quotes taken from writers’ works and the author, profanity is included. A few charts are offered along with some fill-in-the-blank pages; technically, it is not a workbook but one that contains exercises to do using a computer or journal. There is no index.
Having taught at university level in America for over thirty-five years, Serita Deborah Stevens is an award-winning writer of over thirty books, short stories, and screenplays.
Often interjecting her references to her writing or other authors’ work, this book focuses on how to write well by offering explanations, tips, and exercises.
Needing desire, dedication, and determination, writers must prioritize their characters as a more important part than the plot in their works. The book explains researching, using metaphors, understanding genres, and writing good endings to rewriting, agents, self-publishing, and publicity.
Inserting selections of her works as well as personal experiences, Stevens aids with procrastination, writer’s block, and rejection letters as she encourages to write a “vomit draft” that will need rewriting four to five times.
Although there is no actual workbook included, the exercises promote writing daily, even if it involves shopping lists, to encourage new words regarding emotions, traits, and scenarios.
The light font used may bother some readers. Since no index is added, the reader cannot quickly look up a topic such as horror, editing, or self-publishing.