Review: The Mind of Your Story by Lisa Lenard-Cook

Quick review for a somewhat quick read. I picked up this Writer’s Digest published book from my local university library – mostly to research and read more authorship books to see what I could glean from them. “The Mind of Your Story” is a mix of personal narrative and authorial advice from Lisa Lenard-Cook’s experiences. The book is divided into three parts as follows:

Part I: Seeds and their Nourishment – goes into the nuts and bolts of the compositional pieces of a story: ideas, character, plot, dialogue, etc. I thought this was the most helpful part of the book as it walks the writer through different examples and cites references from other compositional books to illustrate her points on each aspect.

Part II: The Mind of Your Story – discusses pacing, scene construction, setting, and inspiration. This was the shortest of the sections in the book, though helpful in concept.

Part III: Start All Over Again – covers revision, editing, proofreading and submissions. This section felt a bit all over the place and less concrete than the other sections to me. Well intentioned, but very general, non-committed advice.

To be honest, it wasn’t the strongest of compositional/authorship books that I’ve picked up, and even took some of its citations from other authorship books that I found to be stronger and more comprehensive on the matter of writing fiction. It would be fine as a supplemental resource though, and one could find a helpful bibliography of the books on writing, fiction resources and non-fiction that Lenard-Cook references in the back of the narrative. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a resource that I’d peruse more than once.

Overall score: 2.5/5 stars.


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