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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
All writers need a notebook. And, they need to keep it close by at all times. For one thing, writers never know when that bright spark of creativity is going to hit: in the middle of the night (the most common time), sitting in the doctor’s office waiting for an appointment or even walking the dog. Creativity has its own timetable. A simple notebook will do – most of the time. But, when planning that great story, be it a short story or a long novel, there is a lot of thought, a lot of ideas that need sorting out: characters, setting, plot structure, scene changes, and so much more. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a special book that outlines all these essentials and creates an inviting visual atmosphere to jot down those notes? Even if you don’t jot them down in order, it’s good to know there’s a special place in this special book to record ideas and inspirations.
Liz Delton’s Writer’s Notebook: A Guided Journal to Plan Your Story is just what every writer needs. Author of several novels, Liz Delton’s book is a creation that has helped inspire her own writing and now she shares it with us. Well organized into sections, with lined blank pages to enter important details and ideas, there are also graphed pages to outline the plot, following visual examples provided by the author. The end of the book provides suggestions to help the writer pursue their goals after the story is complete: a section on publishing goals, target market, and even a section for random notes. With helpful tips at the beginning, this is an ideal tool for any writer. Even those suffering from writer’s block will find this book useful as the writer doesn’t have to follow any systematic system to enter ideas and information.