Book Review – Write Your Best Book

"Writing Your Best Book" coverAfter reading and reviewing “What Every Author Should Know”, I leapt at the chance to receive an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of Deb Vanasse’s latest book for writers, “Write Your Best Book.”

Vanasse begins by dissecting the “exceptional book” which includes high concept, transcendence, and how we’re all wired for story (or narrative) from infancy to adulthood, as well as how each writer needs to be aware of their audience, their genre, and why we write.

She then covers where ideas come from, rabbit trails and strategic meandering when we daydream, and the seemingly eternal question of whether to outline or not.

With the above foundation, Vanasse has prepared us to cover the ingredients of writing our next book, such as a great beginning, character, conflict, plot and plot pacing, back story and endings. She also discusses the beauty of language, voice, metaphor, dialogue and fine tuning the effect of revision.

Finally, the book examines the habits of effective writers, rituals, scheduling, avoiding time sucks and the importance of always writing.

One of my favorite features of the book is the “Try This” suggestion at the end of each section, helping you put the offered advice into action in your own writing.

Like “What Every Author Should Know”, Vanasse lays out the foundational basics that every writer either needs to know or has experienced. This isn’t some “pie in the sky” book that offers platitudes and not much more. This is the nuts and bolts of producing the best book you can.

If you truly want to make your own next book into the best it can be, Deb Vanasse’s latest work will give you all the guidance you need to Write Your Best Book.


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