- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Abrams Image (October 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419704427
- ISBN-13: 978-1419704420
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 156 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction
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if the number of PostIt notes one writes as the result of inspiration from a book is a valuable to metric to anyone, I think this book has more PostIt's per page than anything I've ever read. I stopped putting them in the book because it was a distraction of its own.
If there is any complaint I would lodge, it is that the glossy pages reflect a lot of light if one is sitting at a desk to read the book. Maybe I need a different desk lamp, so the problem isn't the book. But I'm spending several hours a day, moving at a glacial pace because I get so many ideas. If you think you are an idea person, and you want to write fiction, then get this book to help you organize your ideas. If you don't think you are an idea person, get this book and see if it doesn't help you unlock the part of you that your peers made you hide under a mattress when you were young.
The first chapters are appropriate for beginning writers but VenderMeer moves quickly into more complex issues. Although some of the sections specifically deal with fantasy and science fiction writing, everything in the book can work on a more general level as well.
VanderMeer includes short essays from a variety of writers, including George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Lev Grossman, Karen Lord and Ursula K. Le Guinn, among others. All are interesting and appropriate to the sections they are included in.