Have you always wanted to write a best-selling book? If you have ever wanted to try your hand at writing fiction, started a novel, written a short story, or even completed a manuscript – only to find that it lacks that certain something, then this is the book for you. How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss takes you through all aspects of the craft of fiction writing and gives you a clear understanding of the fundamentals, along with tools and tips to enhance your writing skills.
This audio "manual" for all budding creative writers will teach you how to:
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I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
This book is a solid introduction to fiction writing. I listen to as many as 5-7 fiction novels a month and so I like to read about the mechanics of fiction; how they are assembled; what makes them work; what keeps a reader interested. There are definitely commonality in theory across genres. Overall, this novel does do a fair job at providing that overview. However, I think a much better, more detailed and exceptional book is "The Hero's Journey" written by the late Joseph Campbell and popularized recently by Christopher Vogler in the "Hero's Journey." I highly recommend these two works as they are an excellent complement to this work but provide a clear framework.
This is a short listen and for that I recommend it, especially because Lorelei Kind narrates. She is one of my most favorite readers. I would have graded to book lower hadn't it been for her familiar voice. So read this if you want a taste for theory this book, Vogler if you want clear formula and Campbell if you want mega knowledge.
"Easy for her to say...". I believe her, I just don't have the imagination to create or the intelligence to present a story in an effective way. I don't care how many great techniques you may hear, if you don't have some degree of talent to begin with, no one can make you a successful writer. You can profit from the techniques in proportion to the amount of innate talent you have and to the degree you have time and are willing to work at developing that talent.
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