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By Susan on 08-21-15
An Unexpected Gem
***I was provided a copy of this audio book for the purpose of a review ***
With the required disclaimer out of the way, let me be brutally honest, I had not expected this little gem. In fact, I had expected my listening would be a bit rough and was fortified by it being less than 2 hours.
The synopsis says the author wrote the book as a takeaway from her evening classes on creative writing. My mental context was ... Community Ed evening classes ...and expected a well intended but kind of amateur product. However, I am interested in adult education, and batter my own nerd head against a giant personal creativity brick wall.
So you have an idea of my mind set... low expectations along with high interest.
Amateur hour it was NOT.
I don't know where the author teaches her class, but Sign Me Up! And bring the narrator. Wow. Two hours of unadulterated, straight up, right on, good learning material delivered by a close friend just sharing the material. The narrator's voice was warm, sincere without any artifact or pompous patronising, and well modulated throughout. The material was mind opening for me, with the right mix of the mechanics of writing exercises, sufficient context that using prompts now makes sense to me, and a sprinkling of the inner heart work of creativity through written material.
This was just what I didn't dare hope for in a how to creative writing listen.
Truly an unexpected gem and a learning and growing experience for me.
A keeper and one I will return to many times as I deconstruct my own wall, one block at a time.
Thank You, Ruby and Thank You, Erin.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By DK on 08-28-15
Fantastic Beginner Or Refresher 4 Creative Writers
This short, two-hour, recording is packed full of writing tips, instruction and almost everything one would need to write any type of book. This includes nonfiction or fiction and Ruby Allure breaks down each subject into helpful steps to achieve your story!
I found myself marking each section so that I could go back and reference it as needed.
Though I doubt I have the discipline to ever write anything, I found that this would be an excellent resource should I ever try. Ruby Allure, it is excellent, thank you.
Erin B. Lillis narrates this text in an engaging and clear tone. Excellent and easy to understand.
*I received this book in exchange for my review. However, I am going to keep this very handy to me and would recommend it for anyone who is contemplating writing in all categories.
I NEVER really know what to expect when agreeing to these "listen in exchange for review" relationships. Lately, they have been one home run after another! This is no exception. A short course in creative writing: a compilation of lessons may not be for everyone (those who don't ever plan on writing a book) but for everyone who has ever considered it, this is a fantastic resource, four stars!
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6 of 7 people found this review helpful