By Naomi Downing
“Power Elements of Story Structure, first in the series Power Elements of Fiction, provides practical help for beginning writers as well as reminders for seasoned novelists. This informative writing manual addresses important elements such as where to start a novel, openings that hook readers, backstory, creating tension, foreshadowing, and much more. Together with intermittent writing exercises, the instruction serves as a concise guide for writing a novel.”
Ms. Miller’s book on the writing craft was a very quick read and easy read, yet filled with information. In different chapters she goes through important facts that make up stories, plots, characters, giving clues, etc.
This is a handy book to have, to check the information in it—plus she gives you suggestions and tips that she picked up from other books, with the long list of titles and authors at the end so you can read them on your own.
By no means was this an exhaustive source (but none are), but it wasn’t bad. I feel like maybe this would be especially good if you’re new to writing and don’t want to feel overwhelmed by the rules.
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Downing is a homeschooled high school student who live on a small farm in the middle of no where. She enjoys reading, writing, taking pictures and dreaming about her future. She blogs at naomiandbooks.wordpress.com.