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By Lisa Lenard-Cook

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The Mind of Your Story
Discover What Drives Your Fiction
By Lisa Lenard-Cook
Writer's Digest Books, (2008)
Standard Print Edition
ISBN 10: 1-58297-488-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-58297-488-0
Genre: Writing & Publishing

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - May 28, 2008

What makes your fiction tick? What motivatives your characters to do and say what they do? How do your ideas germinate, and what form do they take once they start growing? These and many other thought provoking questions are tackled in The Mind of Your Story: Discover What Drives Your Fiction. Written by Lisa Lenard-Cook, the award-winning author of Dissonance and Coyote Morning, this book provides both novice and seasoned writers with not only a fountain of inspiration, but also a wealth of information that will help you to get to the heart of your story and to better connect with your readers.

The Mind of Your Story will take you on an edifying journey that takes you from the germ of an idea to crafting effective dialogue, and from editing and revising your manuscript to having your new manuscript critiqued. While even novice readers will find a wealth of information and practical writing advice in this book, Lenard-Cook goes beyond the basics of writing fiction to explore the factors that drive a story and make it connect with its readers - and how you can incorporate these skills into your own writing. Lenard-Cook examines the variations between left and right brain thinking, and how you can use the unique strengths of each side of your brain to craft the story inside you that is fighting to get out.

The information in the text is divided into digestible chunks that are enhanced by the inclusion of thoughtful exercises, a variety of checklists, and charts. Within you'll also find a selection of droll illustrations, as well as a wealth of tips and advice that will help you to bring your writing to life, to keep your story on the move, to grab and maintain the attention of your reader, and to make your writing stand out from the crowd.

The Mind of Your Story is a must read for anyone serious about writing fiction, and it deserves a place of honor on every writer's reference shelf.


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