- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Manchester University Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0719097061
- ISBN-13: 978-0719097065
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 5.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 86 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Deborah Chester is the John Crain Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma, teaching Professional Writing
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The method of writing presented in this book seems almost too simple. The book covers plots, story questions, goals, dialogue, conflict, pacing, resolution, and much more, all in a logical order. If you have always wanted to write a novel, this book will walk you through the process, step by step. If you have previously started writing a novel but got lost somewhere along the way, this book will help get you organized and back on the right track. Deborah Chester has published more than forty works of fiction, and examples appear throughout the book to illustrate different concepts and techniques.
My only (very minor) complaint with the book is with its title -- specifically, the word "fantasy." While most of Deborah Chester's books are works of fantasy and science-fiction, the techniques included here apply to every genre of fiction writing. If you're not specifically writing fantasy, don't let the title scare you away. No matter what type of genre fiction you are writing, the formulas presented here will work for you!
It's one of those books you will find yourself referencing and re-reading--as you can see from my photos, I've marked my copy really well. (I'd recommend you make sure you have a highlighter when you start reading, or you might soon regret it.) Of those of my clients who have bought the book, every single person has come back raving about the things that they've learned and how it has helped them. It's helped solve their climax. It's helped with their outline. It's helped with description (a problem I've found most writers still don't quite understand). It's helped with ... insert problem area here. For those who might not be fans of Deborah Chester as an author or feel that she doesn't sell well enough to merit writing a good craft book, Deborah Chester does more than write. She has years of teaching experience under her belt, so the things taught here in the book have already undergone a lot of testing in the classroom, which is probably why this book is so easy to follow and builds on its own teachings very well. I've often quoted from this book in the editorial feedback I give to writers because the explanations are so clear.
For those interested, I also recommend watching Brandon Sanderson's 318R class on youtube for writing speculative fiction, because it's a free 300-level college class where you can also learn a lot. You can also find Dan Wells's story structure class on youtube.
Solitary writers will find the book full of new ways to approach difficult writing elements. Writing workshops will be pleased to find and engage in all of the activities Chester leaves at the end of each chapter.
If you don't have an idea of where to go with your fantasy novel by the end of this book, go back to page one and read it again! This is THE source for anyone who wants to write fantasy today.