The Anatomy of Prose by Sacha Black [Book Review]

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Title: The Anatomy of Prose: 12 Steps to Sensational Sentences
Author: Sacha Black
Genre: Nonfiction, Writing Reference

Series: Better Writers (Book 7)
Publisher: Atlas Black Publishing
Publication Date: May 29, 2020

Seeing as this a nonfiction, writing craft book, my review format is a little different. There are no characters and no plot but there is a whole lot of writing style.

Within these pages, the author goes in depth on the craft of writing better sentences, thus better scenes within your novels. She discusses anything and everything from basic sentence structure, description, dialogue, word usage, and more.

The Anatomy of Prose packs a punch and has a lot of useful information without bombarding you. It’s easy to read and the author has a humorous, conversational tone. At the end of each section is a bulleted summary list of takeaways from the section allowing you to easily go back and search for something to need to look up.

If I were still in college, this would be a great textbook for a creative writing class. There are topics that you learn in elementary school, such as the meaning and use of personification, which is touched upon in this book but it goes much deeper than a dry explanation with dull examples.

This is the third book in the Better Writers series (not including the workbooks) and I think it’s the best one yet.

The Anatomy of Prose: 12 Steps to Sensational Sentences by Sacha Black

Conclusion

Informative
Easy to Comprehend
Writing Style

Overall

There’s always something new to learn when it comes to creative writing. Even looking over what you already know once in a while is useful. The Anatomy of Prose does both well.

5

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LOVE The Beat Goes On By Lynda Filler [Book Review]

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Book Review: LOVE The Beat Goes On By Lynda Filler

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Title: LOVE The Beat Goes On
Author: Lynda Filler
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir

Series: Standalone
Publisher: Kindle Direct Publishing
Publication Date: April 6, 2017

Summary – LOVE The Beat Goes On

When your cardiologist tells you to “Get your affairs in order, your heart condition is incurable,” what do you do? In 2008 that’s exactly what happened to Lynda Filler. 

Lynda shares her journey in the typical fast-paced, edgy, in-your-face style she’s known for in her novels. She’s hard-hitting and tells you exactly how it is. She writes about romantic experiences that may shock you but makes no apologies for her unconventional lifestyle. Nor does she hold back taking responsibility for the things that she believes created her dis-ease.

First Thoughts

I enjoy a good memoir and love reading other people’s stories. So, when the author approached me about this book, I was more than happy to give it a shot.

Book Cover

I really enjoy the cover. It’s simple, but the colors really stands out and the heartbeat in the background tells a lot.

Plot

Lynda, the author, tells her story about when she was diagnosed with a heart disease that was supposedly incurable. She goes through all the steps of denial and acceptance, doing the right things and doing the wrong things, keeping it to yourself and talking to someone about it.

Since this is a memoir, it’s hard to discuss the “plot” of what happens. The majority, if not all, of what occurs in this book, so I can’t say whether it “worked” for me or not. The message came across nicely. I sympathized with the protagonist and her story was interesting to read.

Writing Style

This book was a quick read and it was easy to read as well. The narration was as though the author is sitting in a coffee shop with her readers. It was personable. However, there were some parts of the book that I felt like the author forgot it is, in fact, a book.

LOVE The Beat Goes On By Lynda Filler

Rating

Plot
Writing Style

Overall

This was an insightful memoir. I enjoyed reading the author’s story. There were a lot of medical terms that were explained well without info-dumping. It was a good read overall.

4

Favorite Quote

“We all have our own stories.”

Lynda Filler, LOVE The Beat Goes On

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10 Steps To Hero By Sacha Black [Book Review]

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Book Review: 10 Steps To Hero by Sacha Black | Writing Craft | Book Blog | Nonfiction | Reading | RachelPoli.com

I bought it on my Kindle.

Summary:

From cardboard cut-out to superhero in 10 steps.

Are you fed up of one-dimensional heroes? Frustrated with creating clones? Does your protagonist fail to capture your reader’s heart?

In 10 Steps To Hero, you’ll discover: 

+ How to develop a killer character arc

+ A step-by-step guide to creating your hero from initial concept to final page

+ Why the web of story connectivity is essential to crafting a hero that will hook readers

+ The four major pitfalls to avoid as well as the tropes your story needs

Finally, there is a comprehensive writing guide to help you create your perfect protagonist. Whether you’re writing your first story or you’re a professional writer, this book will help supercharge your hero and give them that extra edge.

These lessons will help you master your charming knights, navigate your way to the perfect balance of flaws and traits, as well as strengthen your hero to give your story the conflict and punch it needs.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.comI like the book cover a lot. It’s simple and the title really pops against the gray picture. It also matches the book before this one, 13 Steps To Evil.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.comI enjoy Sacha Black’s writing and I loved her book about villains. I had to give the hero one a try.

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This book is a simple read with a lot of information. The author reiterates some things from her villain book, uses examples from other popular novels such as The Hunger Games, and completes all the information with nicely done charts and diagrams here and there. I think the charts were my favorite part because I’m a visual learner.

The end of each step, or chapter if you will, was wrapped up neatly with a summary of what that step explained. I especially loved that because, since I have the book on my Kindle, it will make it easier for me to go back to look at certain information again.

Overall | RachelPoli.com10 Steps To Hero was a great read and very helpful. I don’t normally read too many writing craft books, but this is a nice quick read to learn more about main characters and protagonists and get to know your characters on a deeper level.

10 Steps To Hero by Sacha Black gets…
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September And October 2018 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests]

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September 2018

Genre: Any – see website for list (Book must be self-published)
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: September 4, 2018
Entry Fee: $125
Prize: Grand – $5,000

Genre: Any – see website for list
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: September 14, 2018 (early-bird)
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: Grand – $2,500

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Mom Knows Best
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: September 30, 2018
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $200

October 2018

Genre: Poetry
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: October 1, 2018 (early-bird)
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: Grand – $1,000

Genre: Any – see website for list
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: October 15, 2018
Entry Fee: $30
Prize: Grand – $2,500

Genre: Fiction (unpublished writers only)
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: October 31, 2018
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First – $2,500

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Life Lessons from the Dog
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: October 31, 2018
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $200

Ongoing

Genre: Stories, essays, plays, poetry, art
Website: Literal Latte
Entry Fee: $3

Genre: Various
Website: Narrative Magazine
Entry Fee: Yes, but amount is not listed

Genre: Short story, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, novel excerpts, poetry
Website: Rejected Manuscripts
Entry Fee: N/A
*Your piece must have been rejected for publication or failed to win a prize at a literary competition in order to qualify.

Please be sure to read through the guidelines for each submission. Information may change.

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Successful Self-Publishing By Joanna Penn [Book Review]

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I bought it through Amazon.

Summary:

Do you want to successfully self-publish?

There are thousands of new books being published every day, but many self-published books quickly sink to the bottom of the pile.

Many authors are frustrated because there are so many options for self-publishing, and they don’t know which one to choose or what will be best for their book.

Others spend thousands of dollars to publish and end up broken-hearted with the result.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

I’ve spent the last seven years self-publishing bestselling fiction and non-fiction books and in 2011, I left my day job to become a full-time author entrepreneur. I’ve made lots of mistakes along the way, but through the process of self-publishing 17 books, I’ve learned the most effective way to publish and market your books. In this book, I’ll share everything with you.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

I like the cover. I think it’s simple and conveys the message of the book pretty well. I don’t know about you, but when I open a book, amazing things come out.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

If you’ve been following my journey for a while, I’m sure you know I’m preparing myself for self-publishing. Joanna Penn is highly recommended by a lot of people all over the internet. I thought I’d give her books a try.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

When it comes to business and writing, especially self-publishing and indie publishing, there’s a lot to learn. The pressure is on and researching this can be overwhelming. This book breaks all that down for you.

It lays everything out from before publishing, during publishing, after publishing, and more. There’s a lot of helpful links to editors and book cover designers. It defines a lot of business-type vocabulary as well as touch upon the financial side of publishing – before and after.

The end of the book also dabbles in marketing your book as well, though there’s a separate book written by Penn all about marketing.

This is a great, quick read at just under 100 pages and it’s jam-packed with information. This is written in her point of view and this is all information she learned using trial and error with her own books, but it’s great to get ideas when jumping on the publishing wagon yourself.

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I’m happy I picked this book up. I’ll most likely read it a couple more times to let it all sink in. I’ll definitely reference to it when I finally decide to hit that publish button. If you’re thinking of self-publishing, this is a good place to start.

Successful Self-Publishing by Joanna Penn gets…
Book Review Rating System | 5 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com5 out of 5 cups

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