The DIY MFA book is very thorough and covers just about everything that a writer may come up against, even things that one might not had thought about. Not only does Gabriela cover the basics of story structure and craft as well as facets of storytelling from character development and motivation, but she also includes how to form critique groups and ‘working workshops.’ It makes the experience of reading the book more enjoyable and a welcome manual during all steps of the writing process. I also appreciate her examples of close reading to stress her points. She walks the reader through her reading of a text and explains how she developed that conclusion. It allows for someone else to digest what she is saying and learn how to be a better reader for it.
The only small criticism I have is that sometimes the tone comes across a little harsh. It’s mostly stated as a way to break through excuses and a way of tough love to get the reader recognizing that they are in control of their writing life. It is effective but it just didn’t rub me the right way at times.
However, bottom line, the material is sound, delivered very well, and on point. I would recommend it to anyone!
Received an advance review copy.