The Art and Craft of Fiction with this “2nd Practitioner’s Manual.” In the first book, she covered the basics of storytelling; in this one, she digs deeper to show the bones beneath the flesh of any good story. Her warm, engaging, incorrigibly cheeky voice guides you past the surface level of the craft to understanding those seemingly mystical inner workings of structure.
The first half of the book was easily my favorite section, surpassing even the treasure trove of advice offered in her first book. Sections on character and narrative arc, exercises in utilizing our pleasure reading to learn major plot points and structural efficiency (some of those exercises can be found in a guest post on my blog Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors), developing rounded characters who fuel the plot, and, especially, several delightful sections on the differences and similarities found within the broad scope of genre.
In short, this is a heavier book than the first one, but just as worthy of a place on the serious author’s shelf of writing craft books.
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