Review of Story Genius by Lisa Cron

Story Genius gives novelists an alternative to winging it and plotting it. Lisa Cron explains eBook Review Gal Book Review of Story Genius by Lisa Cronher blueprint method of drawing out the essentials of a story idea to turn it into a full-fledged novel.

There’s some good advice in this book. Lisa Cron certainly has the writing background to lend credibility to the methods outlined in Story Genius. I can’t say that I agreed with everything she says, however. For example, plenty of writers are able to craft perfectly compelling books by “pantsing” it or “plotting” it. And, aren’t story cards a form of plotting it? Do ALL protagonists HAVE to change by the end of the book? That’s certainly not correct all of the time. But, to be honest, I did find some of what Ms. Cron says to be a tad confusing, so I can’t be sure.

Some of the information here is repetitive and somewhat tedious. Reading about someone else’s novel-writing process becomes boring fast and a little too genre-specific to benefit everyone. Like I said, there’s some good advice here and it’s definitely worth the read, but I don’t think it’s the “revolutionary guide” the back cover would have us believe. I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review this book, but it fell short of my expectations.

3 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

eBook Review Gal received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.