So I challenged myself to start doing two blog posts a week. I think I might be a little crazy and I’m sure I will have times where I will regret my decision, but I also feel the necessity of pushing myself just a little bit more. And I can do that with my idea for the second blog post and that’s writing book reviews.
The past few months I have read a heaping pile of books. In fact, I amaze myself every time I think of how many I’ve read. And I actually liked most of them, which was an even bigger surprise. Now I feel the need to write reviews for all or most of them, and if I’m going to do that then why not post them on my blog and share.
I ordered Writer’s Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy when it first came out earlier this year, knowing it would be great because of it’s predecessor Writers Workshop of Horror. Both of these books should be on all aspiring writers bookshelves, as they give wonderful insights on all sorts of writing areas.
The best part about Writer Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy is that you don’t have to be a writer of science fiction or fantasy to get something useful out of the book. Most of the topics touch on areas that span all genres of story telling. Just some of the topics covered in this book are; Beginnings, Middles, Endings, Unbending Gender, Tactics of World building, and Rhetoric and Style.
Editor Michael Knost has brought exceptional authors together to tell how they do it right. It’s then up to the reader to decide what works best for them as they read and apply the techniques to their own writing.
Writers Workshop of Horror is a fabulous book complied by editor Michael Knost who brings authors together to talk about what works for them in certain areas of the writing craft. Authors like Tom Piccirilli, Johnathan Maberry, Tim Waggoner, Joe R. Lansdale, and Brain Keene.
Not a horror writer? No problem. That’s the best part about the book. The topics talked about in this book work for any genre from romance to steampunk. Just a few topics discussed are; Point of View, Dialogue, Manuscript Formatting, and Ten Submission Flaws that Drive Editors Nuts.
After reading this book, I felt like I’d been apart of a whole weekend of writer workshops instead of at home reading a book about writing. Each topic has a unique and individualized approach that makes it fun to read as well as informative. This is a must have book for aspiring writers.