Here’s my standard disclaimer. I saw the title listed on a website for mystery & thriller books as well as writing craft.  I looked the book up and saw that it was part of Kindle Unlimited.  Since I have a subscription to KU, I downloaded it that way through Amazon on my own accord. The Author did not send me a copy to review, and did not request me to review this book. A rating will follow this review on Goodreads and Amazon.

I review books based on the story itself. I’m not an editor and I’m not reading these books to proof them for Authors. I’ve read classics or best sellers with mistakes in them. The only time I will let mistakes effect my review is if the mistakes made reading the book cumbersome. At that point, I will just give it a lower number rating while reviewing the actual story itself.

I don’t like reading a review that is basically the back cover blurb, or something that gives away too much of the story. Personally, I like suspense. I like to discover the details of the story as I read them. So, please enjoy this spoiler free book review!

I’m happy to announce that the sixth book I’m reviewing on my blog is a book called WRITING VIVID CHARACTERS by Rayne Hall.

WRITING VIVID CHARACTERS is a Fiction and Editing; Writing, Research, & Publishing Guide. This is not a kind of book that I have ever read or picked up out of the blue.  Why would I?  I am the Author of three novels and a novella.  I never took any writing classes either.  I just picked up a pen and started writing one day.  What can I honestly say about this book?  I wish I would have read it before I started writing.

No cliches here.  Like I said, I just started to write one day with no guidance or help.  I read hundreds of books, I know how to put a story together, right?  My books would have benefited if I had read this before I wrote.  The one good thing I can say is that I did a lot of what the Author talked about in the book.  Not everything, but a good portion.  The bad thing is, I did it the long, round-a-bout way.

At first, I didn’t get why the Author was speaking of characters like they had choices when it came to coming up with the plot, but then I started to think about when I developed my characters.  It made sense after that.  I see my main characters as real people.  They have personalities.  For instance; I wrote a scene for my first book before I developed my characters.  It was a short story I wrote to show a friend what ideas I had for writing the book.  When I got to that time to add the short story into the book, it didn’t fit.  I looked at my character and thought, there’s no way.  Warden wouldn’t do that at all.  That’s not him.  So I had to re-write the scene and it was completely different.  I will incorporate character development tips from this book in the future.

This was a good writing craft book.  I actually learned a thing or two from it.  If you are interested in writing, this will be a helpful read.  I recommend this book to others. I rate this book 5 out of 5!

-PRP3 The Author Media. December 21, 2016

4 thoughts on “WRITING VIVID CHARACTERS by Rayne Hall

  1. Great review! I like that it was objective and not fixated on a particular portion of the book that you may not have liked or agreed with. Can’t tell how many reviews I’ve seen where they’ve done that.


  2. So nice to see that Rayne’s work is being actually appreciated by professional writers.
    Was very glad to read this review and see that good advice always finds its addressee.
    Very good review 🙂


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