Story Genius definitely got my creative juices flowing. It is well written and easy to follow. It is, however, not necessarily a book that one can skim through. I think you really have to sit down and go through it step by step. Basically, it is like a course (without the classroom). The author goes over the many things that writers do wrong as well as analyzing why these errors are so pervasive. Then she proceeds to describe the essential things that a story needs in order to keep the reader riveted to the page.
The book helped me see “the error of my ways” in that I often spend too much time “plotting” a story without thinking about some of the other essential elements this author feels a story must have in order to be successful. These elements are basically “what if” and “why” questions, as well as understanding why something matters to the character within the story. For me, I was able to think about character development as well as the overall story development in a new and more creative way. Another good thing about this book is that it focuses on one case study of how a story is created. The reader can get a “behind the scenes” look at how an author comes up with an engaging story using all the examples in this book. I found this particularly useful.
I only wish it came in a larger print. As it is, the print is a bit small, which makes it somewhat tedious to read. Since this is a book one needs to work through, I think that is a bit of a negative. But having said that, if you are someone trying to write a story but just can't seem to get that spark on the page, then this is a good book to consult.
Thanks to Blogging for Books for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.