Sure, the subtitle of The Writer’s Partner
by Martin Roth boasts "1001 Breakthrough Ideas to Stimulate
Your Imagination", but does it deliver?
Depends on what you’re looking for.
Looking for exercises for setting goals?
Sorry, not here. Want suggestions for making your synopsis
sparkle? Try again. How about plotting diagrams, editing insight
or query letter advice? No, no and…no.
But if you’re looking for a fascinating read
full of insight you never imagined and information to spark
ideas from now until 2025, The Writer’s Partner is your
In an introductory section entitled "Putting
Your Writer’s Partner to Work for You", it is advised that the
book not be read in sequential order but instead read as best
determined by the writer. With 25 sections including information
on such topics as Briticisms, female names in five languages,
comedic problems of the elderly, methods of murder and sea
vehicles, that’s good advice to consider.
The thorough and detailed table of contents
will give you a concise view of the book’s contents and point
you in the right direction for whatever you’re seeking. Of
particular interest, the first three chapters (The Story First,
Characters and Development and Storytelling and Plotting) apply
to all fiction writers regardless of genre. From there, we move
into chapters on action/adventure, sci-fi, horror, romance/love
and comedy situations. Rounding out the rest of the book are
chapters on such topics as medicine, the Old West, the military,
espionage, sports, language, religion, crime and marriage and
The only limitation/drawback of the
information in The Writer’s Partner isn’t exclusive to
this book. While the 2001 publication date was the third
edition, some of the information has been rendered obsolete or
updated (i.e. the addition of the Columbus Blue Jackets to the
National Hockey League but not included in the book) as is with
the nature of information.
While a cheesy cliché, The Writer’s
Partner: 1001 Breakthrough Ideas to Stimulate Your Imagination
really does offer something for everyone, whether you’re
seeking advice or need something to spark the next great story
idea. Give it a test-drive today!
About the author: Beth Morrow is a
freelance writer who has more ideas than she could ever count.
When she isn’t working on deadline, she enjoys writing fiction
and updating her blog for writers at
Visit her on the web at