The EIGHT Crafts of Writing
→ Create tension & curiosity
→ Create a sense of wonder
→ Weave empathy
→ Stir emotions
→ Inspire and motivate
Eight Crafts gives you a structured overview of the eight crafts of writing – the map – as well as a methodology that guides you through the writing process – the navigation system.
Everybody should plant a tree, have a child, and write a book. All these live on after us, ensuring a measure of immortality. – Attributed to the Talmud and Jose Martí, Cuban revolutionary and poet
The majority of people believe that they have a book in them. We believe that too. We all can look back on unique experiences, expertise, we have valuable views on life, and wisdom that is worth sharing.
To become a professional writer takes ten years or more. But to write that one book, you don’t need to become a professional writer. You just need to become decent and the unique story that only you can tell will do the rest.
But you still need to learn the ropes and that can take four to five years. Eight Crafts can help you to cut that time in half. The reason: Eight Crafts gives you a conceptualized overview of storytelling – the map – as well as a methodology that guides you through the writing process – the navigation system.
Eight Crafts is also for you if you are already a few years into storytelling, but got sidetracked or lost in the woods. Learning storytelling is like venturing into a jungle. All writers get lost at one point.
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The book reads like an academic journal or text and I like the simplicity of the prose. The sentences are short and written in a manner to be remembered. Nothing goes on too long, a benefit with an educational book. I thought the adversity part was a little egregious, but I do get the point of it. Whether it’s lists, font, each page has a lot of punchy points intended to be quoted down. Effective division is the cornerstone of the work. What are the key elements of a central theme, major concepts that correlate to a specific direction. An overview of readers and their investments is helpful to give people, I knew it personally, but like guides on oration, it is a great advantage to tie in what the author works on, but also the mindset and desires of the person who reads their work and aids them in turn. Everything I could have thought of, genre, characterisation, the necessity of the big idea are covered here in a level of consideration that I think will do the full book credit. I did find your work good, and I certainly do think it a very fine piece and worth the time for a writer or literary scholar to read.
A handy guide for all writers. This is a writing masterclass in a book. The Eight Crafts of Writing by Stefan Emunds is a must-have on the bookshelf for anyone who wants a succinct reckoner for basic principles of good writing.
This is a book worthy of study, with excellent insight and advice for the writer. Eight Crafts is a resource that should be in every writer’s toolbox, especially those serious about improving their craft.
The book is certainly worth reading and adding to your writing reading list as you endeavor to learn more about the craft. It makes some interesting points in reference to the psychology of reading and writing.
The eight crafts of writing are Big Idea, Narrative, Genre, Story Outline, Characterization, World Building, Scene Structure, and Prose.
Stories are virtual adventures. In essence, people react the same way to stories as they react to real-life experiences. If you understand the psychology of experiencing, you can create real-to-life stories. This includes knowing how to engage readers with the eight crafts, how to create curiosity and tension, how to weave empathy, how to create a sense of wonder, stir emotions, and inspire and motivate.
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