Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer
The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

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It is important to know where the story-bones fit, but a taxonomic sense of structure won’t tell us how our fictions might behave in the wild. Come join them in the wild — which is also the parlor, where wise and celebrated authors are still playing games. You’re invited.
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This all-new definitive guide to writing imaginative fiction takes a completely novel approach and fully exploits the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps, renderings, and exercises to create a spectacularly beautiful and inspiring object. Employing an accessible, example-rich approach, Wonderbook energizes and motivates while also providing practical, nuts-and-bolts information needed to improve as a writer. Aimed at aspiring and intermediate-level writers, Wonderbook includes helpful sidebars and essays from some of the biggest names in fantasy today, such as George R. R. Martin, Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, Catherynne M. Valente, and Karen Joy Fowler, to name a few.
 

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Jeff VanderMeer is the author of more than 20 books and a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award. His books have made the year's-best lists of Publishers Weekly, LA Weekly, the Washington Post, Amazon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many more. He is the cofounder and codirector of Shared Worlds, a unique writing camp for teenagers, and has taught at Clarion, the world's premiere fantasy/sci-fi workshop for adults. VanderMeer is based in Tallahassee, Florida.
 
Published June 1, 2013 by Abrams Image. 272 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by William Alexander on Dec 14 2013

It is important to know where the story-bones fit, but a taxonomic sense of structure won’t tell us how our fictions might behave in the wild. Come join them in the wild — which is also the parlor, where wise and celebrated authors are still playing games. You’re invited.

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