The Linchpin Writer

Author: John Matthew Fox
Publisher: Bookfox Press
Date Published: October 26, 2022

Book Review
The Linchpin Writer: Crafting Your Novel’s Key Moments
By John Matthew Fox

John Matthew Fox engages writers in discourse on the pivotal tools they can use to engage readers. At first, I thought this book would be a humble brag about the author’s accomplishments, but it was anything but, as I soon found myself gaining valuable tips, while chuckling at some of Fox’s anecdotes. He uses examples from published novels to show how to (or not to) create characters, emotion, and excitement in your stories. There are a lot of prompts for writing exercises. But my very favorite chapter was “How to Kill Your Characters”. Fox tells you when and how to disappear people in your novels, even though they may be fan favorites, “without enraging your readers”.

Background photo courtesy of Gülfer ERGİN on Unsplash.

Thanks to Book Sirens and the author for an advance reader’s copy.

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