Reviews are beginning to appear on Amazon for my new Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling The first one:
As a writer who is about to publish my first children's novel, Ray Rhamey's Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling is particularly useful as it gives you great insight on how to self-edit and make the story better.
The section on wordcraft was an excellent way to tackle the good, the bad and the ugly. The chapter on adverbs gave excellent advice on this often debated topic and the remaining chapters addressed those pesky words "without" and "as" that like to creep in and need to be weeded out.
Section 2 on the techniques of storytelling is a first class exercise in showing not telling. Throughout Rhamey uses examples which are illuminating and often humorous. Writers can be neurotic about having their work dissected but Rhamey shows us the humor in the exercise while always aiming to improve the reader's writing - to simply make us better.
My favorite chapter in the last section on storytelling is "Tension in your first sentence" - it made me rethink my opening lines and I believe I have made them better. Thanks Ray!