I bought this book, along with five other books about various aspects of writing under the recommendations of Steve Alcorn.
I wish I hadn't bought this book. Or, I wish he had been more transparent about it.
You see, I took his writing course to improve my fiction writing. I was working at the time, and I would wake up at 4:00 am to do each daily course. After the end, I got my certificate for the course, and a sense that I could be a better writer.
I guess in a way, I am now, but back then I was out of practice.
I listened to his advice, bought every book he recommended, tried to watch every movie suggested.
I finally got around to reading this book a few months after the course.
My heart sank.
The information in this book was everything he covered in his class — practically word for word. There was even added material that I am sure was from another course.
I spent a lot of my family’s money for that course, only to find out that I could have received that information for a fraction of the cost. I felt deceived.
The information in the book is helpful for the beginner; the three-act structure, themes, plot, climax, etc.-- it's all there with plenty of examples and additional information.
I beg you that if you are planning to buy a book on writing, there are some better ones out there, and I'm not saying that because of what happened to me. I have done a lot of research on books that delve deeper into the tree act structure that are honestly much better reference books then this one.
I guess the moral to this is ”buyer beware.”