Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! Today I’m throwing out the order of my reviews in favour to review A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook, which was kindly sent to me for an honest review! Thank you Richie Billing for sending me an advanced copy! A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook was released just yesterday, June 12th, 2019! Not only did I want to accept the book for myself in the hopes of bettering my writing, but also my brother who has always wanted to be a writer and doesn’t know how to start.
My Lame Synopsis: An informative guide to writing fantasy, but could help any writer to get better. Goodreads
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect from this since this is the first book I’ve read on writing for any genre. Sure, I’ve read a few articles, but not a novel. I’m floored by how accessible the book is. There’s personality in a how-to book, which I so greatly appreciate. It’s very well structured where it flows into each new chapter. From reading this handbook, I have found other books on writing and editing that I feel confident in because Billing’s recommendation.
There is so many topics covered in here, but doesn’t take away from the easiness of reading his word. Topics include sub-genres, fighting, landscape, senses, and more. Things that I never have thought about in writing, but it stands out even more now in books I have read, for example, Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James where the sense of smell had such a huge part in the book that I haven’t seen before. I can appreciate these details even more based on my new understanding of what goes into writing.
I loved how Billing included examples and advice from other authors like one of my favourites, Brandon Sanderson. The whole book felt like I was peering behind the curtain, and it was a great experience!
As always, thanks for reading!
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