Book Review: The Story Cure

“Once you are done writing your book, you aren’t really done writing your book.

Yes, I understand. Being reminded of just how much effort is required ever after you’ve put a period on the final sentence of the final chapter can be downright discouraging.

Revision does take effort and time.” (page 143)

story cure

Dinty Moore’s advice in The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir is right on target. In this collection of cures for writer’s block, plotting and characterization issues, and other ailments writers face when completing a novel or memoir, Moore, the director of creative writing at Ohio University, has detailed answers with examples of good writing from other author’s books.

Whether you write fiction or memoir, you need to be able to tell a story, and this book is a must-read for anyone struggling with writer’s block, problems with their plot or story line, or simply inspiration.

 “Don’t look back ten years from now, however, and think ‘Oh well, I never found the time for my writing. That’s a real disappointment.’ Suppose you had devoted a mere one hour per week to your book over those ten years. That would amount to 520 hours. What could you have written in that time?

Even better, you’ll likely find that the one hour per week stretches into two, or three, or more. Once your heart story, the primal question driving your project comes alive, you’ll want to continue writing. You’ll find the time.” (page 159)

I’d love to take a workshop from this author someday. I’ve always enjoyed reading his essays on writing, and now I’m going to look for more books by him.

I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books for a fair and honest review. I’ll be sharing it with some memoir writers I know.


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