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Paper Hearts, Vol. 1: Some Writing Advice by Beth Revis | Mini-Review


Paper Hearts, Volume 1: Some Writing Advice by Beth Revis. Paper Hearts, #1.

My copy: Scripturient Books, November 2015. Egalley (review copy), 340 pages.

Source: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Scripturient Books!


About the book:

Bird by Bird meets Save the Cat in this new writing advice book by NY Times bestselling author Beth Revis. With more than 100000 reads on Wattpad, this newly expanded and rewritten edition features 350 pages of content, including charts and a detailed appendix.
Fight the blank page.

When it comes to writing, there’s no wrong way to get words on paper. But it’s not always easy to make the ink flow. Paper Hearts: Some Writing Advice won’t make writing any simpler, but it may help spark your imagination and get your hands back on the keyboard.

Practical Advice Meets Real Experience

With information that takes you from common mistakes in grammar to detailed charts on story structure, Paper Hearts describes:

-How to Develop Character, Plot, & World

-What Common Advice You Should Ignore

-What Advice Actually Helps

-How to Develop a Novel

-The Basics of Grammar, Style, & Tone

-Four Practical Methods of Charting Story Structure

-How to Get Critiques and Revise Your Novel

-How to Deal with Failure

…And much more!

BONUS! More than 25 “What to do if…” scenarios to help writers navigate problems in writing from a NY Times Bestselling author who’s written more than 2 million words of fiction.

Thoughts on Paper Hearts: Some Writing Advice:

+ This book is best suited to younger and beginning writers, and those interested in the YA market and traditional publishing route. It’s not as deep and focused as some other terrific writing books I’ve read, like Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and Take Off Your Pants by Libbie Hawker, but it’s a great look at how Beth operates and what has worked (and not worked) for her.

+ This book covers a ton of different topics. Writing, outlining, characters, grammar, querying, and critiquing — Beth has something to say about it all, and that was nice. The book felt very rounded because of that.

+ Beth is a bit wordy, however. I like nonfiction books that tell you the information and not much else. Not that her stories and experiences aren’t interesting, but I just personally don’t need motivational speeches and lots of fluff.

In conclusionPaper Hearts: Some Writing Advice is a great, quick read. It’s definitely something to pick up if you’re new to writing, but if you’re well-read in these type of books, it doesn’t add anything entirely new to the discussion. Still, I recommend it to young writers and fans of Beth Revis. ♦

Have you read Paper Hearts, Vol. 1: Some Writing Advice?
If you haven’t, would you be interested to?
What’s a writing advice book you’ve found valuable?
Comment below letting me know!
And, as always, happy reading!

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2 thoughts on “Paper Hearts, Vol. 1: Some Writing Advice by Beth Revis | Mini-Review

  1. I actually read this on WattPad as Revis was releasing it chapter by chapter. I really liked it, but I don’t know if it really related to me as a writer. I’m not even sure WHY I felt that way, but I just didn’t feel like it was giving me much. However, I do think that there are people out there who WOULD benefit from this, if they are new to the writing scene and aren’t sure of what the traditional publishing route actually involves. I feel like this book would have been great for me if I wasn’t a blogger and hadn’t learned so much from this community about writing and publishing!

    I haven’t read any other writing advice books, because I personally don’t really feel like there is a formula to writing. And I defy so many of the tips and advice snippets that authors give out, so I think it’s best to let my unruly writer side be free XD


    1. Very true — none of the information I read was new to me, either. The book is really geared to newbie writers, but it only really touches the surface of writing and publishing. As for writing advice books, I don’t necessarily follow them, but I like to know how other authors write. The more methods and practices you know, the more you experiment!


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