*I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
My rating: ★★★★★
Summary: Your enemy is the blank page. When it comes to writing, there’s no wrong way to get words on paper. But it’s not always easy to make the ink flow. Paper Hearts: Some Writing Advice won’t make writing any simpler, but it may help spark your imagination and get your hands back on the keyboard.
Practical Advice Meets Real Experience
With information that takes you from common mistakes in grammar to detailed charts on story structure, Paper Hearts describes:
• How to Develop Character, Plot, and World
• What Common Advice You Should Ignore
• What Advice Actually Helps
• How to Develop a Novel
• The Basics of Grammar, Style, and Tone
• Four Practical Methods of Charting Story Structure
• How to Get Critiques and Revise Your Novel
• How to Deal with Failure
• And much more!
Genres: Nonfiction, Language
My thoughts: I have never read a writing advice book, but I sure am glad this was the first one that I picked up. Beth Revis is one of my most favorite authors who I look up to as a writer myself, so reading her advice and how she became an author over time really inspired me in all sorts of ways. This book overflowing with writing advice wasn’t told in a mundane way. No, Revis was hilarious in her honest writing and really captured my attention with every point she made. She didn’t sugarcoat any info she handed to the reader. She encouraged originality and laid all her thoughts on the table which was refreshing to read.
She gave such great advice such as how to create strong characters, how to get the attention of publishers, how to edit your novel, and how to outline your story as well. I personally think that any upcoming YA author should read this writing novel because it gave great pointers and was so encouraging. Beth Revis provided great examples to her advice by using other famous YA novels to really help the reader grasp what she was discussing which was so helpful.
Overall, I adored this quick read from one of my most favorite authors. I felt as though I became her friend by reading this book because she was so conversational and witty. Beth was entertaining, honest, and really had a cohesive layout in her advice which was easy to grasp. I definitely will remember the information she provided and use it in future reference whenever I write. There wasn’t a single thing in this book that wasn’t informative and helpful to writers everywhere. This is definitely an essential for writers, especially YA writers.