The title, 27 Essential Principles of Story, basically explains what the book is about. It looks closely at plot, character, setting, dialogue, and theme.
The book uses a simple system. First, a brief description of the principle. Then, a detailed explanation of how the principle works. Next, an example from all types of literature (from Shakespeare to rap to video games). Finally, a step-by-step guide on how to apply the principle to your own writing. There is also a single multiple-choice question as a final exam. Extra credit if you also do the more intense continuing education exercises.
I think 27 Essential Principles of Story will assist me in determining what is making me like or dislike a particular book. But it is most effective as an excellent, easy to use tool for new writers. It is written in common English unlike some writing handbooks I have read. I especially enjoyed the last principle. Principle 27 says that it’s okay to break the other 26 principles as long as you are doing it consciously.
Overall, a great choice for aspiring, and struggling, authors regardless of medium. 5 stars!
Thanks to Workman Publishing Company and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.