Over the winter months, I recently got the opportunity to dig into this amazing book! I had been feeling the need to get back to my artistic roots and my brother recommended this book to me. I am glad he did! It was one of the most thought-provoking books I have ever read about what it means to create and what it means to be an artist.
I have followed K.M. Weiland over at her site Helping Writers Become Authors for several years. She is an award-winning, self-published author. The advice she offers on her site is some of the best I have come across online and comes from her years of seasoned experience.
When I realized that she had written some books on how to write a story, I was thrilled with the idea of reading them! I decided to start with the second book in her series, Structuring Your Novel. I already love to outline like crazy, but I don’t always know how to get my story into a structured form with clearly defined scenes.
For the last two years or so, I have been on a quest to read some of the classical literature that I missed reading when I was in high school. I took two years of literature in high school and really enjoyed it, but I felt I missed some of the other great stories out there. Yes, I made it through Dickens, but David Copperfield was not the best one to read of Dickens, I would say. And I missed half of Jane Austen’s fabulous works in there somewhere! Needless to say, I decided to try and dig a little deeper into the amazing world of classical literature.
Ivanhoe had been on my TBR list for some time before I finally got the enormous book from the library and started in. I had pretty much no idea about what I was getting myself into except that it was set in England.
When I got done, I was more than pleasantly surprised with the story! I loved it!
I read this book recently and found it really inspiring! I love learning about the lives of the famous authors behind the stories I love. This book did a fabulous job of offering a look into some of the more well-known women authors.