Of the few people I’ve spoken to about writing who don’t come equipped with creative writing degrees, I’ve found that we usually have one thing in common: there’s a willingness to self-educate as much there is to write like a bat out of hell. I can’t say I read a ton on writing practice, but I do have a few staples in my arsenal that act as a touchpoint whenever I feel like I’m getting rusty.
On Writing by Stephen King, On Writing Horror by the Horror Writers Association, The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler are a few of my favourites, but every now and then I try to find something specific to speculative fiction that might help me along when it feels like I’m hitting a wall.
I came across Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction yesterday. Someone mentioned that they’d got it as an early Christmas gift on twitter, and I leapt at the word “illustrated.” I put the amazon order for this thing (along with House of Leaves because I’ve been meaning to get through that book for ages) this morning, so this is a pre-emptive post to see if anyone out there’s had a chance to check it out yet.
I’m including the trailer in case this is new to you too. It’s beautifully designed, and they offer a website with supporting materials as well.