My Review of Jane Eyre: Writer’s Digest Annotated Classics by K.M. Weiland

By Brent King On October 22, 2014 Under Reviews, Writing

Jane Eyre by KM WeilandWhen K.M. Weiland sent me an advanced copy of Jane Eyre: Writer’s Digest Annotated Classics, she mentioned that she learned a lot writing this book. So did I! I’m sure I learned a lot more than she did.

The way it is structured makes for ease of understanding and retention. I believe it’s the best way to learn the critical building blocks of story building. Weiland teaches many of these same principles on her website, but to see them close to the context of one story (and such a great story as Jane Eyre)—side by side with the action—drives them home efficiently and effectively.

Many writing books attempt to do this with snippets from many books, and they are effective. Yet it is much more effective when an author sticks to one, and not just any author, but one, like Weiland, whose writing instruction is comprehensive and rings true.

One of my favorite lines in the book is where Weiland says, “Hook a reader with the first line of your story and he’s yours for the next 300 pages. Hook him with the last line, and he’s yours for life.” This is typical of her instruction throughout.

In her characteristic style, Weiland ends her book with a series of probing questions related to different parts of story crafting. These are related back to the source chapters in the book and are invaluable in critiquing a work in progress.

Few serious authors would not benefit from going through this book and digesting its many story-spinning nuggets. I highly recommend it.

Title: Jane Eyre: Writer’s Digest Annotated Classics
Author: K.M. Weiland
Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books; annotated edition edition
Published: July 24, 2014
See more on this book and author here.

kmweilandK.M. Weiland is the internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, as well as the western A Man Called Outlaw, the medieval epic Behold the Dawn, and the fantasy Dreamlander. When she’s not making things up, she’s busy mentoring other authors through her award-winning blog.


Find Weiland on her Website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. AshleeW
    October 23, 2014
    6:32 pm #comment-1

    Wow … how did you get on the list for an advance copy?! I’m a bit jealous 🙂 Her site is one of my favorites. I’ll definitely have to check the book out now!

    • Brent King
      October 24, 2014
      3:01 am #comment-2

      Katie’s site is one of my favorites too. She definitely has a heart and a knack for teaching writing. I think I must have been on her list because I had been in touch with her by email for some time and had already reviewed her book, Structuring Your Novel.

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