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Join the community book club and together we will read a range of books about the craft of writing and the business of being published.

Free advanced copy of How to Write a Novel: that will sell well and satisfy your inner artist

We have a really exciting opportunity here, and you’ll need to be quick to grab it!  

Ahead of the publication of Harry Bingham’s How to Write a Novel: that will sell well and satisfy your inner artist, we are offering trusted community members a FREE copy in exchange for an honest review on Amazon within 48 hours of the launch date (28 August 2020). 

To take part and join our ARC (advanced readers’ copy) team , all you need to do is email publishing@jerichowriters.com.

Subject line: How to write a novel - arc team

Content of email: Mention that you are a member of the community book club and tell us which country’s Amazon you are a member of (e.g. Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de etc). 

Any catch? 

There’s no catch, it’s totally free and we want you to be completely honest in your review. Amazon do have requirements for reviews though, you need to be an existing registered customer and have spent £40, or equivalent in another currency, in the last 12 months. Full info is here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201929730 

Apply before Midnight BST on Friday 31st July.

Now that we're into September, and I'm back from my 'holiday' (I didn't go anywhere) it's time to pick a new book! I'm going to post up some suggestions in a poll and see which one comes out on top! 

Hi Everyone relatively new to Jericho and new to this CBC.  I have never heard of Hive but I will use them in future when buying books.  Is therea book reading for July?

Many thanks

Thanks for sticking with us, everyone! I hope to have some exciting news soon about a book choice with a difference... But please, in the meantime, do keep sharing book recommendations and discussions! 

Plot Embryo or Story Circle - whatever you want to call it. Has anyone tried it on their real-life books? How did it work out? 

I watched some of the videos online and tried it on my WIP to try and fix some structural issues and quite liked it. As a Pantser (really hate the term so please can we come up with something nicer?), it gives a bit of framework but doesn't feel overly limiting.

I know it's not a BOOK as such, but it's a method and Googling gets you a good idea of how it works and those who can't afford the time to read a whole book and participate might find this do-able. And since there's no June book...why not?

Hi everyone and welcome to our new members! I've not chosen a book club pick for June as the festival is sucking up all my time at the moment (in a nice, fun way!) but please do continue to chat about any books that you're enjoying, that you recommend or that you feel don't quite hit the mark. We will have some exciting news soon about our own publishing endeavours so hold on to your hats for an announcement soon! 

Inspired by a comment by Book Club member Rick Yagodich I'd love to know what your existing favourite books about writing are? Years ago the simplicity of Save The Cat helped dig me out of a plotting hole and although it's a very blunt tool, I have to put it on my list because it came at just the right time. Another my favourites, though not strictly a book about writing, is A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway which is just chock full of inspiring lines and no-bullsh*t approaches to writing. It also made me want to move to Paris but that's by the by. What about you?

Well, I have to confess I'd already read this book before you chose it. Even so, this has to be my favourite book on the craft. I found the whole presentation fascinating, engaging and I'm sure it's had a significant impact on my writing. It's not just another rehash of the same points presented with a slightly different slant. I'd say if you've already read a number of books on writing, this is an excellent addition because it won't just repeat what you've already read.

For my WIP (a rewrite) I worked through a Sacred Flaw worksheet to get things straight in my mind - something I built based on the last section of the book. I really recommend checking out this approach. Will Storr is a great writer and a great mind.

Come on, people. Am I alone in this endeavour to learn more? Am I the only one who's stuck my head out of the lockdown cave long enough to actually read The Science of Sorytelling?

I'll admit that, at times, it's not the easiest book to read. Derived from a writing course that, in turn, draws on reams of academic research, it gets heavy in places.

And much of it deals not so much with literary storytelling as current understanding of the psychological models we use to make sense of the world we inhabit (or, technically, the thin view of that world our minds reimagine within the shielded caverns of our skulls). Indeed, it is this way of looking at the science of story - the storytelling that is each of our constant narrator-companion in life - that allows the concepts to be transferred, in turn, to the literary arts. By understanding how our minds remodel our own stories to make us heroes and victims (but never villains), we are given the tools to write stories that will trigger deeper responses within our audiences.

That said, I'm definitely going to have to read it again, if only to take sufficient notes to untangle much of the excellent advice hidden within the academic references.

I'm less than half way into The Shience of Storytellings (and, no, I'm not going to give a blow-by-blow account as I did with Into the Woods; I figure you can and should read it for yourselves; it's pretty short), and I can already confirm that it is going to sit comfortably in the top three writing-related books I have ever read.

BOOK CLUB CHOICE FOR APRIL AND MAY IS.... The Science of Storytelling: Why Stories Make Us Human, and How to Tell Them Better by Will Storr.

In the UK you can currently buy it through Hive (https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Will-Storr/The-Science-of-Storytelling--Why-Stories-Make-Us-Human-an/24079242), which helps support local book shops. And goodness knows, they need our help now.

Here is the blurb... 

Who would we be without stories?

Stories mould who we are, from our character to our cultural identity. They drive us to act out our dreams and ambitions, and shape our politics and beliefs. We use them to construct our relationships, to keep order in our law courts, to interpret events in our newspapers and social media. Storytelling is an essential part of what makes us human.

There have been many attempts to understand what makes a good story – from Joseph Campbell’s well-worn theories about myth and archetype to recent attempts to crack the ‘Bestseller Code’. But few have used a scientific approach. This is curious, for if we are to truly understand storytelling in its grandest sense, we must first come to understand the ultimate storyteller – the human brain.

In this scalpel-sharp, thought-provoking book, Will Storr demonstrates how master storytellers manipulate and compel us, leading us on a journey from the Hebrew scriptures to Mr Men, from Booker Prize-winning literature to box set TV. Applying dazzling psychological research and cutting-edge neuroscience to the foundations of our myths and archetypes, he shows how we can use these tools to tell better stories – and make sense of our chaotic modern world. 

As we approach the end of March, and having experienced some quite unexpected external events through the period of reading this book, I'm interested in suggestions for the next book. Something that will help take out minds off the news and nurture us creatively! Any suggestions?