5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing
And the biggest challenge comes from the inability to see what isn’t working. The prose feels off. The scene isn’t gelling. The dialogue sounds stilted or clunky. But they don’t know why or how to fix it.This book lays it all out
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This is the first book on the writing craft I’ve finished in a while. I’ve started a lot but stopped reading because they felt so basic. Often they all have the same information, and it just doesn’t feel like it is worth my time. This book was amazing! Not only did it tackle some different information, but the whole set up made it very useful.
These editors worked together to tackle the fatal flaws from different perspe ...more
Together they explore twelve areas authors commonly find difficult to master. Taking one “fatal flaw” at a time, these editors take turns discussing ways to identify these issues and ways to fix them. Each ...more
If you are an author, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this book today and try not to take it personally when ...more
For every flaw addressed, you get the suggestions of at least three editors. Five offer their hard-won wisdom throughout the book, and I have no doubt you'll find tricks and ideas that work for you. It's so easy as a reader to see what wor ...more
This book has already transformed my writing more than any other book I've read----more than any class I've taken.
Showing the examples of when it's done wrong and when it's done right, was exactly what I needed. I have struggled for years to understand why my writing stays very much on the page----no leaping off it whatsoever.
Practicing the techniques in this book was not only fun, it has completely changed the way I approach my writing! I am definitely going to read ever ...more
Experienced writers will find it less useful than beginning writers, but even for the experienced writer, there is probably good insight in some of the chapters.
There are a lot of writing exercises, which I don't bother with, but I didn't find that a reason to lower my rating.
That this isn't just another book about How To Write, is made clear in the intr ...more
With five editors writing on the sa ...more
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This how-to-write book is different from the myriad other writing how-to books on the market in that these editors SHOW rather than just TELL. And then they SHOW why the mantra “Show. Don’t Tell” is not always the best advice.They reiterate that you need to know the rules in order to break the rules.
This book caters to writers who love examples. ME!
Each fatal flaw is contained in its o ...more
I liked the variety of editors who wrote this book. Together they covered much more ground than one could alone, and I liked reading their different voices as they explained the flaws of fiction writing from each of their uniqu ...more
The five editors cover 12 subjects and all 12 subjects are, I think, spot-on. Thematically, this book has real value. However, the individual editors are hit-or-miss; Lakin is probably the strongest of the whole. My only gripe is that all five editors seem to favor a specific style of writing that isn't necessarily the best style for beginning authors to emulate. The highly emotive blend of third-person narration with first-person mental asides pervades the examp ...more
I'll be sure to reference each chapter's Fatal Flaw checklist as I revise each of my chapters. And recommend everyone else do the same.
Through practical examples and friendly teaching, five fiction editors explain how to fix those stories which have potential, and yet seem mediocre. There are check-lists for quick reference and sections to test your structure editing skills.
A must-read for fiction writers.