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Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction [Paperback]

Jeff VanderMeer , Jeremy Zerfoss
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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15 Oct 2013 1419704427 978-1419704420
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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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams Image (15 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419704427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419704420
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 18 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for every fiction writer 29 Oct 2013
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It is a treasure for an amateur writer like me. I drag it everywhere with me in the house.
Just browsing through is already an inspiration. It is beautiful, the content and the presentation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars impressive 21 Dec 2013
By vicki86
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I bought this as a gift for someone. For the small price I was expecting a thin book but its actually pretty hefty and looks amazing. The illustrations make the book really interesting even to someone who isnt necessarily buying it for themselves. I also didnt realise it has some really well established contributors. Im sure the recipient will love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating 19 May 2014
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Bought as a gift that I then kept for myself, cheeky bugger I am. Beautiful book full of captivating ideas and tips.
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Wonderbook is a book I'd wanted to pick up for ages. Jeff Vandermeer was taunting his readers for quite a while on Facebook, so it seemed this was a long time coming. But it was certainly worth the wait.

As a professional writer, I read a lot of writing manuals, and probably will continue to do so. But most of them deal with literary fiction and discuss technique rather than creativity. There are manuals out there on creativity and inspiration, but they usually read a little like self-help titles.

Wonderbook, then, is great precisely because it combines the two and focuses on more fabulous and fantastical modes of writing. As well as essays and guides to the mechanics of writing, there are inspirational pictures, exercises, tips and a whole lot of focus on creativity as a way of thinking. This, I think, is absolutely important. I think writing can be taught, but many people don't. I think the reason many people think writing can't be taught is because many teachers of creative writing don't quite know how to establish creativity as a mode of being. Jeff absolutely excels at this. Reading Wonderbook is like discovering the Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory of writing practice. There's loads you'll love here, whether you write 'literary' or genre fiction, or even if you just want to be inspired.
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Also very useful that other authors give their opinion on matters and topics in short texts. Good advice on how to let your creativity come alive.
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