Book Review: Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell


Title: Plot & Structure

Author: James Scott Bell

Genre: Self-Help

Story:  Provides techniques and exercises for crafting a plot

What Worked: This writing book is a staple, and most writers have read it. It’s definitely good to get as much advice as you can, even if you can sum it all up on one page out of 230.

What Needed Work: Like all self-help books, doing is much more fun than reading about it. Learning the craft and reading about it is much more boring than just digging into writing, and perhaps learning from your own mistakes. So my only gripe is, it was boring.

Overall: Plant the right seeds, in rich soil, and you grow something beautiful. Plop a two year old seed in the ground without paying attention to whats around it, what the soil is like, the condition of the seed, you never know what disaster you might end up with. That’s what I take away from this book. You read a masterpiece and it seems effortless, but the truth is, writing is a TON of work. Every time I finish a book and start to critique it, I remember that just getting to the finish line on a first draft is a lot farther than most come. It really really really is a lot of work for very little pay (unless you are become a superstar which is less than 1% of the population of authors). There were a few “AHA!” moments for me in the book. There were also quite a few exercises and techniques taught that I have been doing for some time in order to “learn”. This solidifies to me that I’m at least on the right track.

Rating: 3.5/5

If you wanna read: Amazon

Follow the author: Authors website

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We read to learn, to feel, to laugh, to understand others. We write to teach, express, communicate, to inspire others. I created Invisible Ink as an outlet of sorts, an area where I can organize the chaos; a place where hopefully I can be true to myself, and my readers. Writing is personal, it takes a brave and dedicated soul to formulate a piece and then share it with the world. That being said, I get just as much out of reading other's work as I do sharing mine ( I am always open to manuscript review swaps, just send me a message). Words read off a page evoke emotions. When taken out of context, or through an out of focus lens - anyone can mold the words, shifting their meaning to fit their agenda or distorted outlook. Staying true to form and myself, I won't censor my content, but I will censor my audience. Whatever lens you happen to be reading this through - I hope you enjoy!

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