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Brewing Fine Fiction

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  9 ratings  ·  5 reviews
"Check any bookstore and you'll find a host of titles on writing. Some are good, some not so good. Every author has his or her own strengths and weaknesses. But in Brewing Fine Fiction; Advice For Writers From the Bookview Café, you get a smorgasbord of professional advice and expertise. From the plausibility of fantasy, by Ursula LeGuin, to Deborah Ross's comments on revi ...more
ebook, 270 pages
Published 2010 by Book View Café
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I have reviewed this book; the review can be found here, on Booklikes, and here, on my blog. (also, go check out Leafmarks - it's going to be terrific.) However, I will no longer be posting reviews on Goodreads, due to its recent changes to terms of service and, far worse, the boneheaded and incomprehensible way it is proceeding with the new policy. Deleting content, almost randomly, and without warning (whatever they may have said) is wrong, and a half-hearted apology later doesn't make it all ...more
This is a collection of essays from many different authors about writing, the writing process, writing as a career, how to find agents, how to behave at cons, etc. It ranges from the usual sort of "learn to spell" and "you need to put your butt in the chair and write" advice that every book for aspiring writers offers to more specific discussions concerning research, plotting, outlines, and the like, with a lot of emphasis on secondary worlds, and one informative though somewhat out-of-left-fiel ...more
Sherwood Smith
I contributed an essay mostly about revising. The book is full of articles mostly aimed at new writers, but there are parts of it that might be useful for writers at any stage of the process who are looking at new ways to approach their work.

I don't agree with them all. But we all know that there is no One True Way to success. I can guarantee that anyone reading it will find much to think about, and some new perspectives on what might seem to be familiar territory.
Pati Nagle
Aug 05, 2010 Pati Nagle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I co-edited this book. I'm adding it to my reads list because not only did I read it (boy, did I read it!), I got really excited about it. There are some really great articles by bestselling writers in this book, including pieces by Ursula K. Le Guin, Patricia Rice, and Gerald M. Weinberg. It's just outstanding and a book any writer will enjoy reading.
Great tips for the aspiring writer.
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Professional or Amateur -- what's the diff? 1 1 Nov 11, 2010 11:25AM  
Maya’s addicted to speculative fiction. For this, she blames her dad and Ray Bradbury. She’s authored eight novels of speculative fiction, short fiction that’s appeared in Analog, Amazing Stories, Interzone, and others, and has been short-listed for the Nebula, Sidewise, and British SF awards. She and writing partner Michael Reaves are promoting the November release of STAR WARS: SHADOW GAMES—a ne ...more
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