Saturday, January 18, 2020

Review: "Writing Fiction: A User-Friendly Guide," by James Essinger

Anyone can improve their writing immensely by learning the basics of a good novel. Crafting believable and interesting characters, plots, settings and dialogue is a skill that everyone can acquire with the right tools and devoted practice. One such tool is the book, Writing Fiction: A User-Friendly Guide, by James Essinger. Writers will learn:

What is a plant? (Hint: It’s not a green, leafy thing.)
When should you “show,” and when should you “tell”?
Why is editing important?
What is a quest?
What is voice?
How do I add suspense?
How long should my novel be?
…and much more

Essinger cites many real-life novels and movies as examples of using various literary techniques. He also provides valuable tips for submitting the best possible manuscript to a publishing company. Appendices address grammar and poetry. Aspiring writers should study their craft diligently, and Writing Fiction is an essential addition to every writer’s toolkit.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through this link.

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