Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

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.

 

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  • jayxwolf
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    just got my copy yesterday after a long period of hemming and hawing at the Amazon page. We just recently got a new bookstore in town and they had it there, and being able to pick it up and thumb through it gave me the urge to own it. it’s really fantastic and very organically organized, I like it quite a lot already and I’m only through the first chapter.

    • Kira Butler
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      That is stellar. I’d imagine the supplemental materials are up to par too. (I’m not a huge fan of “exercises” but if they work and they’re interesting, then all the better.) Let me know if it’s up to your expectations when you finish. 🙂

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