This book does exactly what it says in the title: it gives you the tools to write fiction, from the first word to sending out your manuscript”
Amanda Addison, author of ‘Laura’s Handmade Life’
This is one of the few books I actually recommend to novice writers. Lucy McCarraher guides the reader throughout the basic steps that compose a work of fiction, including “outlining your plot and structure” ,”developing your characters”, “creating the setting” and “defining your theme”. This is a book that is incredibly easy and fast to read (it took me one hour, one hour-and-a-half) and it certainly is a must for everyone that needs a clarified idea about the tenets that surround fiction writing, as well as the basic steps that you mentally have to take in order to produce the most structured and organized story you can.
I never read Lucy McCarraher’s work but this book is certainly an evidence of her organization and incredibly capacity of structuring. In 193 pages she was able to include many tips about writing, covering all subjects fiction-related and also sharing a little bit of her experience as an author. This book will definitely prove to be helpeful whether you are an experient writer or you are starting from scratch – in the first case, you’ll probably be familiar with some concepts such as the three-act structure but the whole reading proccess will reinforce your knowledge of the subject.
Either way, it’s a mandatory read for anyone who wishes to build or consolidate their writing skills.