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Wonderbook : the illustrated guide to creating imaginative fiction

Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: New York : Abrams Image, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Revised and expandedView all editions and formats
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Wonderbook has become the definitive guide to writing science fiction and fantasy by offering an accessible, example-rich approach that emphasizes the importance of playfulness as well as pragmatism. It also exploits the visual nature of genre culture and employs bold, full-color drawings, maps, renderings, and visualizations to stimulate creative thinking. On top of all that, the book features sidebars and essays  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeff VanderMeer
ISBN: 9781613124635 1613124635
OCLC Number: 1044670154
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed July 09, 2018).
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (some color)
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Dedication; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Introduction; Welcome; Unique Features; Organization and Approach; Your Guides; Wonderbooknow.com; The Journey; Chapter 1: Inspiration and the Creative Life; Introduction; The Importance of Imaginative Play; The Fantastical and the Imagination; Imaginative Outputs; The Scar or the Splinter; Inputs for Inspiration; The Strangeness of the Imagination; Chapter 2: The Ecosystem of Story; Introduction; Narrative Life Forms; The Elements of Fiction; A Closer Look at Some of the Elements; Point of View; Dialogue; Description; Style. The Greater and Lesser MysteriesThe Complex Relationship Between Story Elements; The Roles of Types of Imagination; Chapter 3: Beginnings and Endings; Introduction; The Lure of the Hook; Elements of a Good Beginning; When Not to Commit; Bad Beginnings?; Novel Approaches: Finch; Other Approaches to Finch; Style, Tone, and Voice; Finch as Short Story; The End of Beginnings; The Beginning of Endings; Expectations and Elements; Falling Down at the End; The End of Finch; The End of Endings; Chapter 4: Narrative Design; Introduction; Plot; Structure. Unlikely Synergy: Ben Metcalf's Against the Country and Amos Tutuola's The Palm-Wine DrinkardCreating Scenes; Pacing: Beats and Progressions; The Beginnings and Endings of Scenes; Repetition and Invisibility; Cutting Scenes; Intercutting Scenes; Translating Movie and Television Technique into Fiction; What Not to Dramatize; The Uses of Interruption and Contamination; The Role of Time; Chapter 5: Characterization; Introduction; Types of Characterization; The King and His Hippo: Full versus Flat; Whom Should You Write About?; Getting to Know Your Character; Mistakes to Avoid. Creating Further Depth and NuanceCharacter Arcs; Chapter 6: Worldbuilding; Introduction; Worldview versus Storyview; Characteristics of a Well-Realized Setting; Dangers and Opportunities; The Strangeness of the World; Chapter 7: Revision; Introduction; What is Revision?; Drafting Strategies; Specific Questions for Writers of the Fantastical; Systematic Testing; Step 1: Reverse Outlining; Step 2: Interrogating Your Characters; Step 3: Paragraph-Level Edits; Your Process: To Keep in Mind; Choosing First Readers; Reconciling Feedback; Don't Kill the Spark; Workshop Appendix. Letter from the AuthorLARP and Writing by Karin Tidbeck; George R.R. Martin on the Craft of Writing; Shared Worlds: The Benefits of Collaborative Storytelling; Let's Find the "Duck": Conceptual Art and You by Rosie Weinberg; Theo Ellsworth on Comics and the Organic Impulse; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah: Intercutting Scenes for Maximum Effect; Gormenghast: Flay Vs. Cook, "Blood at Midnight" Action Scene; Normal: First Scenes; Annihilating Annihilation Book-To-Film; The White Deer Terroir Project; Unconventional Ways of Approaching Narrative; Additional Writing Exercises.
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Wonderbook has become the definitive guide to writing science fiction and fantasy by offering an accessible, example-rich approach that emphasizes the importance of playfulness as well as pragmatism. It also exploits the visual nature of genre culture and employs bold, full-color drawings, maps, renderings, and visualizations to stimulate creative thinking. On top of all that, the book features sidebars and essays from some of the biggest names working in the field today, including George R.R. Martin, Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, and Karen Joy Fowler. For the fifth anniversary of the original publication, Jeff VanderMeer has added an additional 50 pages of diagrams, illustrations, and writing exercises creating the ultimate volume of inspiring advice that is also a stunning and inspiring object.

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