Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction
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After hearing many recommendations of this book, I recently caved in and treated myself (it didn't take much persuasion). The rave reviews proved to be very well deserved.
The book is loosely organised into sections, covering key aspects of creative writing, such as structure, characterisation and so forth. However, it's so much more than a 'how-to' guide; it actively seeks to fire up the imagination and force writers to question their ...more
Reread comments. I just reread this, well it took me a month of serious reading to do it. Making notes, etc.
1) Writing is so organic, think of your book as a living organism that is constantly evolving.
2) You gotta learn techniques. No way around this one. You can't master something if you don't even know what it is ...more
Of course I had read several books by the author and was excited to read any advice he’d have on writing and he delivered. I have the feeling this book will be with me for a long time. I’ll be reading it again and again, highlighting, scribbling and taking notes. It’s a great book with sound advices.
What stole my heart however was the artwork. The artwork and outlay of the book is outstanding. My almost four year old likes to sit down with ...more
It's hard the summarize the contents without referring to the visuals. Vandermeer and his contributors (who include a veritable Who's Who of modern SF and fantasy authors - Catherynne Valente, ...more
What I liked and thought was valuable was the insight from the other authors. Great stuff there.
The title says it so I don’t have to: Wonderbook is about how to write fiction – specifically aimed at writers of ‘imaginative’ fiction, e.g. fantasy, science fiction, new weird, surreal, horror… ‘genre’ fiction. VanderMeer gives you chapters on the basics: beginnings, endings, plot, structure, narrative design, characterization, worldbuilding, etc.
VanderMeer’s chapters read more like essays or discussions on these parts and how they fit together, or points to think about, rather than a...more
It's a beautifully designed book, though very heavy and unwieldy; I wish it had been bound in spiral to make it easier to hold and to withstand its own weight. The back pages are already feeling weak like they could come loose. The content is well-organized and very friendly. This would be an ideal textbook for a creative writing class--it's certainly a hundred times better than the dull ...more
More advanced writers may find some of the ...more
Wonderbook is aimed at writers of ...more
If you're looking for a 'how to' book on writing, this isn't it. This book steers firmly away from formulas for writing in favour of stirring the imagination and getting the individual author to think more deeply about their own process and how to use the building blocks of story-telling (character, pacing, ...more
I'm going to start off by telling you that I didn't finish this book; I'm also going to ask you to read through this review because this book is so awesome, and so good at what it does, that I've had it to review for months and I'm still not done. It deserves a review, especially considering it was published somewhat recently, in 2013.
For those of you not familiar with speculative/imaginative fiction, here are some examples of genre's that all under that phrase: There's Steampunk, an alternate ...more
Since many creative people are visual learners, this beautiful book with its impressive artwork may help aspiring writers better retain some of the guidelines that the author presented. Personally, I liked the illustrations, but sometimes, I found them to be ...more
The book really is what it says it is - a guide to creative imaginative fiction. At first glance it can appear rather basic and even patronising in its approach with cartoon style characters being used to emphases certain key ...more
This book is filled with a lot of great advice and suggestions to improve your writing. It is particularly geared towards speculative writers but would be helpful to all. There are very thorough chapters on character, plot, worldbuilding, revising, etc. - all the essentials ...more