Pin It
Favourite

Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction 

by Jeff VanderMeer, illustrated by Jeremy Zerfoss (Harry N. Abrams)

reviews_wonderbook.jpg

Wonderbook is the creative writing textbook you wished you'd had as a teenager. Rather than dictating rigid rules, it encourages play and creativity: instead of charts and diagrams it uses pictures of gangly monsters and abstract paintings to illustrate its points. This fits, as Wonderbook is aimed at sci-fi and fantasy writers, and also because VanderMeer champions images as an inspiration for the written word. VanderMeer's advice is warm and sensible, good for novice writers but also for more advanced scribblers looking for a new perspective. Aside from VanderMeer's insight, the book also contains over a dozen essays from writers such as Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, and George R.R. Martin. Wonderbook manages to be weird but approachable, like the creatures that decorate its pages. It would make a great gift for any deviantArt-trawling teen writer, or for anyone that wants to shake their imagination awake.

Tags:

Support The Coast

At a time when the city needs local coverage more than ever, we’re asking for your help to support independent journalism. We are committed as always to providing free access to readers, particularly as we confront the impact of COVID-19 in Halifax and beyond.

Read more about the work we do here, or consider making a voluntary donation using the button below. Thank you for your support!

Pin It
Favourite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Shannon Fay

Survey Asks

These are...

  • Trying times
  • Challenging times
  • Difficult times
  • Unprecedented times
  • Changing times
  • Exceptional times

View Results

COVID-19

More »

In Print This Week

Vol 27, No 43
March 19, 2020

Cover Gallery »


Real Time Web Analytics

© 2020 Coast Publishing Ltd.