So, let's say you started out your path to writing by reading a lot of books about writing, then you earned a couple of fiction writing certificates,So, let's say you started out your path to writing by reading a lot of books about writing, then you earned a couple of fiction writing certificates, and you got an MFA in fiction and you read a lot of craft books then, too. So, Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, The Triggering Town, Bird by Bird, On Writing, The Writer's Journey etc. you name it check, check, check, check.
And then you spot Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction. Whoa, just what you need, right? Another writing book! *facepalm*. But, gosh, it looks pretty and didn't you love "The Third Bear" by Jeff VanderMeer and don't you always want the anthologies edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer over at Tachyon Publications (coolest books ever)! And, wow, is that one pretty looking book and check out the website.
So, you get the book. You have to, right? But you don't read it right away because, c'mon.
Then, one day, the writing maybe isn't flowing so well and you're feeling discouraged, but, hey, pretty book. Cheered up. And, wow, is the best book ever? It is! Just what you need. And, was it mentioned? Very pretty.
So, yes, a lot of this information sounded familiar (and no matter what, you always have a tendency to read the chapters about fun stuff like character carefully and then skim the ones you really need like point of view), but it was presented in new ways (and sometimes it's hearing something just in the right way, at the right time that makes it click). It uses examples from some of the most interesting writers (Karen Joy Fowler, Ursula K. LeGuin, Rikki Ducornet, Elizabeth Hand) and it gets you adding to your to-read list wildly (even though you just tried to pare that monster down to a reasonable size). And if you like writing prompts, it's got those. Fun ones.
It's also unique among craft books in that it actually generates creativity as well as giving writers the info and tools. It does not bore. It does inspire.
For a new writer (who maybe has not read every other how to writing book under the sun) and particularly those interested in fabulist, spec fic, sf, fantasy, wild, surreal, audacious, wonderful, imaginative fiction (American realism *yawn* so last week) this is a slam dunk.
And it really makes the "read this for all writers list," because it's entertaining and inspiring as well as delivering the goods. And, it was mentioned: very, very pretty. If Jeff VanderMeer is not your editor *alas*, here's the next best thing. Happy writing. ...more
A must have for lovers of poetry, writing, and foxes! Darling illustrations at the beginning of each section. Writing inspiration and companionship deA must have for lovers of poetry, writing, and foxes! Darling illustrations at the beginning of each section. Writing inspiration and companionship delivered in poetic form.
"My at my desk slowly scribbling story. You at your leisure, now reading my heart." — "Our Natures"
"Art is our reply to weariness. Gather it to you, emulate the tulip, shed your petals one by one, and dance." — "Saturday, Sunday"
"Let my heart of ink be rivers feeding the landscape where a thousand flowers spill over river's banks, and animals as yet without names drink deep of the water." — "Wings of Paper, Heart of Ink" ...more
A lovely book to dip into for inspiration. There's nothing here about how to write a novel, short story, or even an essay, but the book says much abouA lovely book to dip into for inspiration. There's nothing here about how to write a novel, short story, or even an essay, but the book says much about what to put into sentences and paragraphs. It offers food for the process, nourishment of the writing life, and companionship on the journey....more
An inspiring collection of essays on reading, writing, and social justice — Le Guin's geeky, syllable-counting fascination with the rhythm of writing,An inspiring collection of essays on reading, writing, and social justice — Le Guin's geeky, syllable-counting fascination with the rhythm of writing, thoughtful point of view, love of storytelling, and audible passion for her craft becomes infectious. Under her tutelage, the decision to sit at the keyboard and write, even on a beckoning sunny day, seems perfectly rational, fun and undeniable.
Le Guin discusses and admires the works of authors including: Virginia Woolf (To the Lighthouse), Jane Austin, Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Diaries of Adam and Eve), J.L. Borges (The Book of Fantasy), Cordwainer Smith, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Salman Rushdie, Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings), Tolstoy (War and Peace, Anna Karenina) Italo Calvino (Invisible Cities), Philip K. Dick (The Man in the High Castle), and Carol Emshwiller. ...more