There are thousands of books out there on how to write books. Books on structure, creating a great hook, and on show vs. tell. Some of them are great, and some of them aren’t so great.
Enter Jane Eyre.
Writer’s Digest has a collection of annotated classics that provide great insight on how past writers have created their masterpieces. Thanks to K.M. Weiland, the classic Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is now a part of that collection.
If you’ve never read Jane Eyre, I suggest reading it before picking up this annotated edition. Mainly because it is a great book, but also because, if you’re anything like me, you’ll get so swept up in the story you’ll bypass the notes. I’d never read Jane Eyre before. But, when the opportunity presented itself to read this, I decided it was time. So, I read the book, then I went back through and read the annotations by K.M. Weiland.
Understanding structure and how a novel progresses can be a difficult thing sometimes. With the annotated version of Jane Eyre, K.M. Weiland makes it easy to see where in the story the key factors to make a great story take place. She explains the hook, setting, conflict, tension, using all five senses, closing chapters, and symbolism and theme to name a few. And it’s not just, “Hey, this is where this happens.” It’s a detailed description of how Bronte used these aspects of writing to better her story.
This is one of the few writing advice books I would recommend, not because it gives advice, but because it helps you to understand how you can make your story really shine by offering examples.
The book is set to release on August 1st, so mark your calendar and get ready to really learn how to make your story shine. I give it 5 stars.