The Worlds of R. A. Hortz
Writing Fiction for Dummies
Writing Fiction for Dummies
By Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy
Wiley Publishing, Inc. (2010)
Reviewed by Auggie Moore - Posted January 14, 2012
Whether you are a beginning writer or a seasoned pro, you will find a wealth of information contained within the pages of Writing Fiction for Dummies. Taking you by the hand, Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy walk you step-by-step through the process of writing, editing, and selling your novel. While, this book is geared toward those interested in novel writing, the information contained within it can be applied to all aspects of fiction writing.
If you are not already familiar with him, Randy Ingermanson is a well-known figure in fiction writing circles. Not only is he a theoretical physicist and an award winning novelist, but he is also a phenomenal writing teacher who has perhaps one of the most widely read newsletters, at least by writers, on the internet. The newsletter in question is called the Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine and it contains a wealth of how-to information on every aspect of writing from crafting dynamic characters to the business side of writing. Peter Economy, who co-wrote this book with Ingermanson, is also a published author and as well as a writing consultant.
In writing Writing Fiction for Dummies, Ingermanson has pooled his years of experience as a writer, teacher, and lecturer to provide a concise and easy to follow, and at times a very entertaining book, which will help guide you from want-to-be-writer to published novelist. If you have been an avid reader of his newsletter, you will discover that much of the information from the newsletters has found its way into to this book, along with additional tidbits of advice. Best of all, the information in this book is organized both thematically and intuitively, whereas with the newsletters you may have to do a great deal of hunting to find what you might be looking for.
The information in Writing Fiction for Dummies is organized into five main parts:
Granted, this book is geared more toward the novice writer than to the pro. However, no matter how skilled a writer you are, or where you are in the novel writing process, you are sure to discover a wealth of information within the pages of Writing Fiction for Dummies. As such, I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to hone their fiction writing skills.
- Getting Ready to Write Fiction
This section covers the basics of fiction writing, from getting organized to popular novel writing techniques.
- Creating Compelling Fiction
This meaty section covers such essentials as creating your story world, crafting memorable characters, story structure, plotting, dialogue, and more.
- Editing and Polishing Your Story and Characters
This section deals with editing and polishing your novel.
- Getting Published
If you are serious about writing a novel, you should also be serious about wanting to get it published. This section will teach you how to format your novel for submission, how to write a query letter and a proposal, how to make contact with agents and editors, and other pertinent information.
- The Part of Tens
This final section comprises two lists, one detailing how to analyze your story and the other a list of reasons that a novel might be rejected - and how to correct these faults in your own work.
Story Structure Architect, by Victoria Lynn Schmidt.
A Writer's Guide to Building Dramatic Situations & Compelling Characters. This is an indispensable reference book on plotting.
Beginning Writer's Answer Book, edited by Jane Friedman.
This, the 30th Anniversary Edition of this essential writer's reference guide provides the answers to the top 1,000 questions most often asked by beginning writers.
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