My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’ve been waiting for this book to come out since I first heard about it earlier this year, and Maass didn’t disappoint. After devouring the book the day I got it, I rethought the entire second half of my next novel and rewrote big chunks of it — more than 13,000 words in two days with more to come. Maass knows his stuff and uses examples to drive home his points about what it takes to lift books from ordinary to extraordinary — what he calls high impact.
If you’re a fiction writer, you need to read this book. I’m already planning that once the current book is finished, I won’t start the next one until I work through the dozens of questions Maass poses each chapter to help readers define the best storytelling possibilities for their fiction.