Denise Jaden has an idea for you. At least, she has an idea for your ideas, if you are writing a novel. Jaden has just released her book, Story Sparks: Finding Your Best Story Ideas and Turning them into Compelling Fiction. It’s a slim volume, heavy with good suggestions.
Not so much advice, more suggestions. Jaden’s book is filled with exercises, visualizations, time management tips, and sparks to light up your novel into a well-written book. In fact, her book starts with 36 pages of spark: Part I is about Seeking, Passion, Allies, Resonance, and Kinetic Energy–S P A R K.
She gives tips for overcoming writer’s block, no many how many times it drops over your head. There is the “delayed writer’s block” –that stall that comes when you are 100 pages in and suddenly your ideas run out the door, taking hope, ambition, and drive with them. And some kick-ass advice to your inner critic. (I cannot do anything but love books that help you wrestle with your inner critic.)
We are story-tellers. We may not want to be story-writers, but we do have excellent stories within us that should be shared. This book will help you get busy, stay busy, and finish your novel. (November isn’t that far away!)
Part I: SPARK (see paragraph two, above, for the details)
Part II: Generating Sparks. Covers Observational Skills and Fun and Games. The games include The Fast Five, The Idea Map, Name Storm, Brainstorm Like a Child, Teenager and Senior Citizen.
Part III: Developing the Flame covers choosing an idea and following through.
Part IV: SPARK Habits. Want to get organized, find balance, get active and develop a habit of writing? This is the chapter.
Various appendices help you with book themes, place names, character names, motives, and obstacles.
The book is 168 pages long, paperback, and, if you leave a comment, possibly yours. I’ll announce the winner on this Friday, September 15, 2017.
Giveaway: Leave a comment on this post. Winner chosen at random and announced Friday, September 15. Yes, I did write that right above, but now it’s in color and more people will see it. I’ll ship the book wherever you live. You do not have to live in the U.S. to win.
Full disclosure: New World Library sent me a free book to review. This is that free book.
—Quinn McDonald is a non-fiction writer who admires fiction writers. She reads a lot of fiction. McDonald is a writing teacher and corporate trainer. In writing, of course.