BOOK REVIEW: THE STORY CURE by Dinty W. Moore

The Story Cure by Dinty W. Moore came at the right time. I was given a copy of the book on writing – labeled as ‘a book doctor’s pain-free guide to finishing your novel or memoir – in exchange for an honest review, and it was just what I needed to get back into gear.

In 2016, for nearly three months, I woke up early, wrote for an hour before everyone else in the house woke up, and wrote the first draft of my novel. Then, when I finished it, I stopped working on it and writing as much as I was. In my defense, my third child was born which disrupted a lot of my routine, but it was still just an excuse. I still wrote some short flash fiction, dabbled at editing the novel from time-to-time, but never fully focused on it like I should have to finish the damn thing. It’s not that I don’t like the story – I actually really like it – it’s just motivation and lack of inspiration.

Then came the doctor.

The Story Cure by Dinty W. Moore is all about helping you get that story onto the page. Throughout the book, Moore tries to help you with different ‘ailments’ that could be holding you back from finishing your book whether it’s lack of inspiration (like me), a flat plot, weak characterization, a wobbly structure, to wordy, whatever. Moore brings you back to the basics and why you wanted to write the story in the first place.

The book is broken up into two parts: the ‘Cures’ and the ‘Checkups’. In the ‘Cures’ section, you’ll get chapters on ‘diagnosing problems of the heart’, ‘where the story begins’, ‘prescriptions of a healthy prose’, ‘scenes and detail’, ‘voice and POV’, and ‘plot and structure’. In the second half, the ‘Checkups’, you’ll read about ‘keeping fit: moving from the first draft to fifteenth draft’, ‘healthy habits for any writer’, and ‘the book doctor’s final illegible scribbles’.

Within these chapters, you’ll get words of wisdom, inspirational quotes, prompts and exercises that add more depth and resourcefulness of this book. You’ll enjoy Moore’s writing style: it’s fun and witty.

If you’re writing a novel or a memoir, and feel stuck and feel as though you are losing momentum, get this book – it’s a great shot to the arm to get you back on track and feeling better about what you’re writing.

Now, I better get back to working on my novel… get this book, The Story Cure by Dinty W. Moore, you won’t regret it!


If you have read The Story Cure by Dinty W. Moore, tell what you think of the book in the comments below. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy, click on any of the above links and it will take you to Amazon and the book. (It is an affiliate link)

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