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Formats: Paperback, eBook
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Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer is full of fruitful prompts and challenges, one of which led this writer and reader to forty minutes of uninterrupted writing – a major goal of any writing guide, accomplished. The full-color fantastical (sometimes eccentric) visual presentation of material makes this reference book fun and heartening – and almost irresistible – to turn to again and again. Another thing that sets Wonderbook apart is that, beyond writing examples and author profiles, the “imaginative fiction” genre of the title gets its own coverage as a rich tradition that synthesizes with other creative outlets like game creation and acting/role-playing. For writers of all stripes who want to hone and deepen their storytelling, Wonderbook is a good bet.

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