Monday, May 14, 2012
Review of CRAFTING NOVELS & SHORT STORIES from Writer's Digest Books
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Stories help us make sense of the world, and it’s been said that whoever tells the best stories shapes the future. The best storytellers are always learning more about their craft, learning from the best writers and instructors the world has to offer. Writer’s Digest Books has compiled an indispensable new resource on creating stories that features essays from some of the best minds in writing. The book is called CRAFTING NOVELS AND SHORT STORIES: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO WRITING GREAT FICTION.
Writer’s Digest Books has been producing quality writing instruction resources for a long time, but this one is really great because it packs so much information on the core elements of writing fiction all in one book. Most writers of fiction want to be published. They want their stories read by people and want to impact their readers. The idea behind this book is to create stories that agents, editors, and readers want to read and can’t put down. I personally try to read everything on the writing craft from James Scott Bell and Steven James, who are both featured in the book, and made the book an immediate draw for me.
All the important elements of fiction are covered in the book. From characters, to dialogue, to plot, to revision, this book will walk you how to write better and more impactful stories. I especially enjoyed the “Focused on the Writing Life” sections which covers things such as making time to write, beating writer’s block, productivity, and research.
CRAFING NOVELS AND SHORT STORIES is a great resource for fiction writers that you’ll want to go to over and over again. If you aspire to write great fiction, the essays in this book will help.
I received this book for free for review from Writer’s Digest Books, and the opinions contained in this review are completely my own