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Book Review ~ The Linchpin Writer by John M Fox

When I was first asked to review this book I turned it down, I’ve been too busy, plus it’s a book on writing a novel, and I’ve already got 13 books on Amazon. However, when I was asked the second time, I thought why not? Although I’ve got books out there and more on the way, I’ve never done a writing course or even had a single lesson. To my shame, I’ve never even read a book about writing!

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Having read this book, really slowly to absorb everything, I realize that learning about writing skills is actually extremely beneficial. I felt like a sponge as I read each chapter soaking up each and every lesson. If I had the money I would definitely sign up to Bookfox for the lessons and coaching, unfortunately I can’t, but who knows maybe one day.

The Linchpin Writer is semi-autobiographical with John sharing glimpses of his past and the steps taken to becoming a traditionally published author. These moments are shared to encourage other authors along their path.

However, it is the clear-cut lessons that I hungered for, wrote notes on and hoped the words were sinking into my mind so I could remember them and write with their influence going forward. There are multiple linchpin moments in an author’s life and within each book. They range from writing your first paragraph, first character description, the language of love and desire and how to kill your characters. And lots more! There was so much ‘meat’ in this book that I couldn’t read it quickly. Each chapter had me thinking about my latest WIP and also had me off researching lots of things. The Linchpin Writer demands your time and focus if you want to benefit from it. I certainly found it very good and I’m convinced my future novels will benefit from it. So if you’re like me and can’t afford a writing course, I highly recommend you read this book. There is a treasure pile of advice within these pages and I am happy to highly recommend it.

John Matthew Fox states at the end of the book: He helps authors write better fiction (from just reading this book I think this is a true statement). He is the founder of Bookfox (which I wish I could sign up to.) He taught writing at university for ten years (so he has experience). He’s also a published author.

I received a free ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

At time of reviewing the book is on pre-order, release date will be 26 Oct 2022. $7.99/£6.57 (worth every penny!)

Review warning: Before you rush off and buy any book that someone reviews you should read the free sample chapters provided on Amazon, this way you can decide for yourself if this book is your cup of tea or not.  Happy reading everyone!

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