The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

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"This all-new definitive guide to writing imaginative fiction takes a completely novel approach and fully exploits the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps, renderings, and exercises to create a spectacularly beautiful and inspiring object. Employing an accessible, example-rich approach, Wonderbook energizes and motivates while also providing practical, nuts-and-bolts information needed to improve as a writer. Aimed at aspiring and intermediate-level writers, Wonderbook includes helpful sidebars and essays from some of the biggest names in fantasy today, such as George R. R. Martin, Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, Catherynne M. Valente, and Karen Joy Fowler, to name a few"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Abrams Image, c[2013]
ISBN: 9781419704420
Branch Call Number: 808.3 VANDERMEER
Characteristics: xix, 323 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm.
Alternative Title: Wonder book.


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Nov 12, 2019

Wonderbook combines images and sidebars from respected writers with a systematic approach to writing fiction from Jeff VanderMeer. I liked the creativity of the approach and there were nuggets worth digesting scattered throughout. A few suggestions here will give me extra tools to make my fiction better, and since I have already read many writing books, that's rare. However, I found VanderMeer's voice off-putting and he values different aspects of fiction than I do, so I needed to carefully sort what I could use from what would take my writing in the wrong direction for me.


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