I received a book from Amazon last night (a real one that you hold in your hands?!?!) and immediately fell in love. (Again.)
Since it is an awesome resource for writers, I will share it here: Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction – by Jeff Vandermeer
So to give you some background, I wasn’t really looking for another writing book, I have three on my Kindle right now that I haven’t even had time to start yet. I was actually on a personal quest to learn as much about Jeff Vandermeer as possible. He is a well respected anthologist (along with his wife Ann), so I’ve been learning everything I can about what makes their anthologies successful. In doing so I realized he also writes incredible fiction, so after reading some short stories, I looked up all of his work on Amazon, and then I saw… The Book.
I haven’t purchased a non-digital book in ages, so when I saw that it was not available for Kindle, I was kind of depressed, then decided, what the heck, I’ll just have to wait for it to arrive in the mail. I am so thankful now that it was only available in hard copy.
And what a wonder it is. I could never do it justice in writing (this from a writer), but it is the most beautifully illustrated how-to book I’ve ever seen. Magnificent. I would say every page is a work of art, but it goes beyond that: every inch of every page is sublime. The illustrations are brilliant and many of them are also infographics to help you visualize (and retain) the key concepts in the book.
The content is topnotch (based on reading the first chapter and skimming portions of the remainder). Jeff’s writing style is smooth and straightforward–a very easy read. There are also guest essays by writers such as George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, and others.
The final chapter is filled with advanced writing exercises that I can’t wait to tackle.
Anyway, I fell in love again, and just wanted to share it.