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I've recently finished reading The Art and Craft of Storytelling and I have had no hesitation already recommending it to friends and colleagues. The book comprehensively leads the reader through the processes of storytelling. It is written in an easy to read format which whilst being hugely informative is also highly enjoyable to read. Nancy's humour keeps the book feeling like you are being taught by someone who has made mistakes and learned from them rather than being taught a formulaic approach to storytelling. Having said that, she also guides the reader through the book, highlighting certain elements that every good story must have. I would recommend this to Authors, Directors, Animators etc...
This is a very helpful book explaining how storytelling can be brought to life on the page. It is also aesthetically pleasing in the appearance and feel of the cover as well as the print layout inside.
This was a great book with plenty of helpful advice. I first checked it out at the library, and then when I realized it was such a great reference book, I bought it here on Amazon. It's a must-have for writing.
If I had only one book to choose as my "first" book on writing basics, this would be it! I have actually spent so much money buying books that are so lacking. THis book offers a solid primer in all the facets of fiction writing without inundating you with filler. Actually, the book deserves 4.5 stars. The reason why I did not give it five stars was because this is Nancy Lamb's second book on writing fiction and is almost an exact duplicate of her other book called "The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children", except the examples are of various fiction genres and not children's lit. There is basically alot of overlap in the information presented and I was really expecting something different or more in depth topics of what she touched in her "Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children". So if you already have that book, then there really isn't a need to buy this one. I think because her other book got such rave reviews but was too genre specific, by offering a new version of the same book for a more general audience of writers, more writers would be willing to buy this book instead for its applicability.
However, if you do not have her "Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children", then I would highly recommend this one as your "First" book. It teaches you all that you need to start off writing in such a clear and concise way. It's a quality book that is user-friendly and easy to understand. And although the info is pretty similar to her previous book, I found the new examples in this book refreshing.
Nancy Lamb, if you are reading this, I hope you get to write more books on Fiction writing. We are in deeply need of high quality Editing/Revision books and Character Development/Dialogue books. Writers Digest, take note.
This book provides clear step by step guidelines for wherever you are on your writing journey. The author was able to outline the fundamentals and expectations for writing while also encouraging you to break the rules. She shares great examples in literature as well as relatable stories in her own writing career that teach as well as comfort the reader. Highly recommend!
Already, we have a first name friendship, Nancy. That's because I just finished your Storytelling. And it's the friendliest book about writing I've ever read. At 70, I wish I had read it before I wrote my first (and overwrought, overwritten) novel 4 years ago. But your book was probably only in the planning stages, then.
I've been a writer all my life, made a good living in advertising, and you've reinforced a lot of rules I've followed, many I've ignored, and revealed some I wish didn't exist. They'll all help me become the writer I will be.
We have a young writer from Ireland staying with us, and I'm giving her a copy of Nancy Lamb's "Storytelling" with this inscription: Read this wonderful book slowly. And browse through it the rest of your life.
As a playwright, with one recent success, I've also found in Storytelling some great reminders of what keeps a story moving on a stage.
But for now, I'm going to wring out the miscues from that overwrought novel.