Sunday, December 16, 2012
Book Review::Writing the Breakout Novel
Writing the Breakout Novel is clearly a book that every aspiring writer should consider reading.
As far as to say that Donald Maass is a definitive source or this is a definitive work would be presumptuous.
There are quite a few definitive ideas in here that I believe every writer should know. And I believe it is presented with an entertaining and authoritative air.
I must admit that I made the mistake of reading The Fire in Fiction first and I don't believe that it is quite as informative as this book is. It in fact reads mostly like mini reviews of some of the author's favorite books.
Yes there are things an author should try to do to be more marketable and those are covered here, but Donald is in no way preachy about these ideas. I believe Donald is quite clear that there is a need for balance and his notion is not to make all writers write the same- but, to make them all write better.
I'm not sure that my writing will ever reach the level of respectability that he holds out for, but I think I can easily see where I need to improve and that's what counts as to how this book works as a tool.
I will definitely recommend this along with other tools to all of my friends and even those who help me edit my work.
I especially like the notion I was able to take away that when questioning things like POV (point of view) and tense that it is not as some would try to make a person believe ; too difficult and not recommended for a new author to go down such a path; but it's more likely that the style around what the author is trying to do just needs to be focused to make it more readable.
And Donald Maass gives examples and ways for this to be accomplished.
It the difference that you see when trying to do a do it your self task at home and someone comes and says.
"You are going about that the wrong way." Then they walk away.
They could have at least shown you the right way- but maybe they don't know the right way.
What Donald Maass says here is let me show you how to make that work.
Two thumbs up.