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- Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing (April 8, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 8, 2016
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Writers on Writing Vol.3: An Author's Guide (Writers On Writing: An Author's Guide) Kindle Edition
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"Creating Effective Characters" by Hal Bodner is about character creation and how to avoid short hand character development and reach the essence of the character.
"Treating Fiction like a Relationship" by Jonathan Janz was my favorite essay of the volume. It encourages authors to write without fear of expressing raw emotions through our characters to make an impact on the reader. Very heavy stuff here which Janz drives the point home with two passages from his novel, The Nightmare Girl. I'll be picking that one up soon.
"Home Sweet Home" by Ben Eads discusses the advantages of having editors review your work before trying to send it out to a publisher or self-publishing and how to navigate the rough waters of the publishing industry.
"You" by Kealan Patrick Burke is a motivational essay about overcoming the obstacles arising in life which get in the way of writing.
"Fictional Emotions; Emotional Fictions" by James Everington is about the different emotional responses readers get from characters and how authors can use this to their advantage in writing.
"How about them free books, eh? (the art of becoming a book reviewer)" by Nerine Dorman is the outlier in this volume. As the title says, it is about getting into book reviewing and how to navigate the waters in that area. It makes sense to include it in this volume since writer should be able to read critically and know how to write reviews of the works of others.
Can't wait for Vol. 4!!
Bodner's "Creative Effective Characters" was intelligent and insightful. As a writer myself, I often find myself at a loss as to how to talk about the process, and have used the blanket statements Bodner talks about in his essay, "Let the character lead you" and that sort of thing. Here Bodner gives some very practical and helpful advice on ways to infuse your characters were 3-dimensional personality to the point that they can lead you.
Everington's essay "Fictional Emotions: Emotional Fictions" focuses on different techniques a writer can use to make the reader feel genuine emotion for the characters and the story. This can be a tricky process, as lesser writers may just overly use schmaltz to try to get emotional reactions, but that often doesn't read true and can have the opposite effect. Everington offers solid advice on how to get your readers invested and thus genuinely FEEL things while reading the story. I also like his final note to writers.
Eads' "Home Sweet Home" is a compelling guide to finding a place for your story once you've finished it. I don't agree with everything he says here, in particular I felt he was too dismissive of for-the-love markets which some writers including myself found vital in our early years, but the great thing about such books is you don't have to agree with everything. We all have different paths, and it's fascinating to read what paths others have taken. And Eads offers good advice here on selecting markets, working with editors, and dealing with both small press and New York publishing. He even offers his email for readers who want further information from him.
"You" by Kealan Patrick Burke is next. He talks about writing, day jobs, and passion. I particularly related to his talk about how when he isn't writing he isn't himself. I went through a period where my own day job pulled me away from writing, and I always felt a bit like a shell. He offers his personal journey about how he approached his writing, and how he set aim to make his passion his living. It is a wonderful insight into a storyteller's mind and an inspiration for the rest of us.
Nerine Dorman offers with "How about them free books, eh? Or, rather, the art of becoming a book reviewer" a look at book reviewing in this modern technological age. As a writer of the small press, I know that my kind live or die by word of mouth and online book reviews. Ezines, personal blogs, book sites...the more exposure we get on those sites, the better off we are. Dorman provides a prospective we writers don't often think about...that of the reviewers we so depend on. He tells us how he became a book reviewer, and provides a step-by-step for others interested.
Jonathan Janz closes the book with "Treating Fiction Like a Relationship: The Importance of Vulnerability" and offers a raw and moving essay about dropping your walls as a writer and being authentic within the fiction. Because within the lie there has to be truth for it to be effective and powerful. The essay is poignant and honest, and includes a "crankshaft" joke, what more could you want?
I found all the essays helpful and interesting. There is no one path to writing fiction and finding success, as I said, but having people who have been there and done it offering their advice is invaluable. I think this book will appeal to other writers but also readers who like to peek behind the curtain.
I have enjoyed the first two volumes of the Writers on Writing series from Crystal Lake Publishing so I jumped at the chance to pre-order the third and most recent volume, which is a worthwhile investment for any writer. The essays are a mixture of the business side of writing as well as craft and they all feature topics that most writers would do well to read about. Whether you struggle with finding time to write or with self-confidence and putting yourself out there as an author or indeed how to create three-dimensional characters, this series has you covered.
Volume 3 features essays by such authors as Jonathan Janz, Hal Bodner, and Kealan Patrick Burke to name a few. It covers effective characterization, the art of being a book reviewer, and how to inject your fiction with more raw vulnerability and emotions without being, you know, melodramatic. Each of the pieces were engaging, well-written, and easy-to-follow as with the previous two volumes, so if you're a writer striving to improve, consider this series an investment.
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