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Story Trumps Structure by Steven James
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I read this as a library book and plan to buy it as a reference. Since I can’t decide if I’m a plotter or a pantser, the techniques in this book, if used selectively, are helpful for both approaches in my opinion. Although the author advises no outline and daily rereading to keep the writer on track and improve flow, he contradicts himself by throwing in other techniques that smack of planning. It is also frequently repetitive, and, as already implied, writers should pick from the techniques he suggests those that work best for them rather than trying to adopt his entire writing approach. That being said, many of the techniques he says are golden and common-sense ways to improve writing, and this book has a place on every writer’s reference shelf.
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Reading Progress

September 1, 2017 – Started Reading
September 22, 2017 – Finished Reading
September 26, 2017 – Shelved

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