Book Review: ‘How to Write a Blockbuster’ by Lee Weatherly and Helen Corner

This book review series seeks to investigate those books on the market which promise to help you write, with an emphasis on writing within the crime/thriller/mystery genres.

As I gain more confidence writing creatively, I find myself in need of a writing reference book. I would like to recommend How to Write a Blockbuster as a really easy read that packs in tons of hints and tips for the beginner.

Here is my review!


The blurb on the back:

“Designed for all those wanting to be the next Dan Brown this introduction to writing popular fiction will be a key addition to the writer’s bookshelf. Authored jointly by a literary consultant/agent, and a highly successful published author, it offers not simply a guide to writing a novel, but an introduction to writing a plot-based, action-focused blockbuster. Rather than focusing on literary theory, it covers such key practicalities as the importance of plot, pace, action, character and the different demands of such popular commercial genres as romantic fiction, thrillers, and so on. With a substantial part of the book devoted to finding an agent and making a living, and with such key features as editing exercises, soundbites and chapter summaries, it will prove indispensable to all those looking to write for a living.”



(Used) from £2.75 (paperback) on Amazon


My rating:


My review:

This is the perfect beginner’s guide to a wide range of subjects relating to writing your very first book, from developing your plot through to finding yourself an agent. We are introduced at a high level all of the building blocks of a story, complete with tons of activities to put into practice all that you have learnt.

If you are brand new to creative writing I would highly recommend this book as a crash course on writing, to get a broad understanding before you sniff out books that are specific to your genre or that focus on one aspect of writing in more detail. You could also treat it as a reference book to refer back to particular sections when you find yourself stuck.

The book is peppered with real author tips and some particularly great sections such as pacing and dialogue. The only reason I didn’t give this five stars is I wanted to go into certain sections in more depth; given that the authors have backgrounds in children’s fiction I’m not surprised this is written at a higher level than perhaps required but serves its purposes as a solid overview of fiction writing.


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