This book is made up of interviews of well-known novelists. It's written in Q/A format. For example: Daniel Alarcon sent a questionnaire to several noThis book is made up of interviews of well-known novelists. It's written in Q/A format. For example: Daniel Alarcon sent a questionnaire to several novelists. In the book, he indicated the question he asked, then provides the answers from all of the novelists. Then moves on to the next question.
There is a lot of insight to be gained from reading this book, especially if you're new to the world of writing. It really shows that there is not one correct way of doing it. Everyone has their own styles, methods, and thoughts on how to write a novel.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who is interested in writing a novel, is currently writing a novel, has ever written a novel, or is just interested in learning about the process of writing a novel and how the authors manage to get it done....more
Overall, I really liked this book! It struck me as a cross between sci-fi and fantasy, '1984'-ish.
It was exciting from beginning to end, with the plotOverall, I really liked this book! It struck me as a cross between sci-fi and fantasy, '1984'-ish.
It was exciting from beginning to end, with the plot in full swing the whole way through. The characters were all very likeable in their own, unique ways. The worlds the author created (and how they all intertwine with each other) is mind boggling!
It is literally a sequence of letters written to unknown from unknown (possibly the author, but who knows?).This book wasn't at all what I expected.
It is literally a sequence of letters written to unknown from unknown (possibly the author, but who knows?). The first letter is nice because it is an interesting analytical piece about why writers write. It was basically a psychological explanation of the human need to create stories.
The second letter was also interesting, because it was the first of many to break down different writing techniques. The author of the letters points out sly ways in which writers make their fictional stories believable to readers.
While there were some very interesting and educational parts in this book, I was nearly bored to tears by the rest of it. In my opinion, the author of these letters spends way too much time on examples of the techniques that are picked apart in the letters. Sometimes the examples were pulled from well-known classics, in which case the examples enrich the explanation. Most of the time, though, examples are pulled from obscure (often Spanish) novels that no one has ever heard of. This wouldn't be such a problem if the author didn't spend so much time explaining the novel in such detail. I think it was unnecessary. He could have just pulled and analyzed a small excerpt from these novels, instead of explaining the whole plot.
But then again, this book wasn't written with readers in mind. It is evident that the author of these letters was writing to someone whom he assumed has read the books he talks about.
On the other hand, there's a lot to be learned here. The writing techniques and devices the author talks about are only discussed on a very basic level, but it's still very interesting.
WARNING: If you happen to come across a section where the author starts talking about a book you haven't yet read, but are intending to read, skip it! Reading it will ruin the book for you, because of the extreme detail in which the story is described. ...more