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What if you could ask Neil Gaiman where he gets his ideas from? What if Orson Scott...moreI received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
What if you could ask Neil Gaiman where he gets his ideas from? What if Orson Scott Card gave you his insights on developing voice and style? Imagine picking Elizabeth Bear's brain on the joys and intricacies of world building?
"The only thing an author can always depend upon is craft. Craft doesn't always enable the author to scale mountains. That depends on the author's talent and inspiration and dedication. But craft is like the mountaineer's tools and experience. They help when the going gets tough." James Gunn
The Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy is full of entertaining and informative short essays by some of the most respected writers in the genres.
The difficulty with books of this kind is that it can be a retread of other writing guides that do it in more detail, but this one, while it does present some material you've probably read before, skirts the problem by being something much more.
Sometimes it's good for writers to understand the genres they are writing for, and how it got there. Sometimes reinventing the wheel isn't necessary, and sometimes, maybe it is.
Starting with the inception of the idea with Neil Gaiman's essay 'Where Do You Get Your Ideas?' through to the tough middle and the endings, authors have their own ways of dealing with each area, but reading how successful authors do it is instructive and their voices of experience shines through each workshop. These writers love their craft and it shows whether they are writing their next novel or sharing their most important lessons about being a writer that people will want to read.
Middles that justify the openings and earn the endings are the hardest to develop. George Zebrowski
Particularly good are the ones on 'Middles' by George Zebrowski, 'On Rhetoric and Style' by Orson Scott Card and a thought-provoking one on 'Unbending Gender' by Nisi Shawl that includes a link to a fun and gorgeously detailed chart on the pathways to stereotyped female characters.
This book is the collected wisdom of those who not only have been there, but have done it amazingly well. Each essay is chock full of experience, examples and anecdotes that reminds us why we love these writers. It's not only a writers' guide, it's a fans' guide into the minds of our favourite authors.
Entertaining, illuminating and challenging, this book is for readers and writers alike. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
A good, instinctive style that is a pleasure to read cannot be taught or learned directly. Is there nothing you can do, then to enhance your own style, to improve it? Why, of course there is! But, paradoxically, you don't do it by working on your style. Orson Scott Card(less)
I've always loved SH and am always on the lookout for stories with my favorite detective. I've found one in Tales from the Deed Box. Excellent additio...moreI've always loved SH and am always on the lookout for stories with my favorite detective. I've found one in Tales from the Deed Box. Excellent additions. Enjoyable cases and most of all, it's great to 'hear' their voices again. The author has done a wonderful job in recreating the characters. Looking forward to more cases.