I came away from this book glad to know that I’ve been practicing much of what Penniston says here. If you’re a novice writer or even one who needs to develop their storycraft, then you will find some benefits but, and I’ll emphasise this, you must do all the lessons here as they are designed to make you think about what you are doing rather than just put pen to paper and hoping for the best. Although I suspect many of you neo-writers think this makes storywriting more of a technical exercise, it doesn’t really. As Penniston points out, once it becomes innate, you’ll only refer to her book when you get truly stuck. You’re always going to be learning with each story your write.
SFcrowsnest covers “everything that’s good for geeks and nice for nerds.” Apparently, my book Talk the Talk: A Dialogue Workshop for Scriptwriters is sufficiently geeky and nerdy to make the cut. Check out the review: