CREATIVE WRITING & CREATIVE WRITING GUIDES. How do widely published authors keep their stories burning hot? Readers learn how to supercharge every story with deep conviction and, conversely, turn fiery passion into an effective story. "The Fire in Fiction" shows not only how to write compelling stories filled with interesting settings and vivid characters, but how to do it over and over again. With examples drawn from current novels, this inspiring guide shows readers how to infuse writing with life.
If you're going to read one book on the craft of writing, this should be it.
What it is most insightful of is that it encompasses the mind of a literary agent and what this one likes and expects from his authors. And perhaps some bit of unintentional verification of something I have long suspected. They really do like purple prose as long as it is purple prose that helps develop the unique character that is integral to the story. There's a lot of it in these example that he critiques.
That leads us to the problem that resides in the pages. This book is a serial compilation of critiques or reviews of what appear to be this authors favorite authors. And I would agree with others that it serves little purpose other than to pat the backs of these authors and fill the pages. Much of what is said here could be condensed and I would expect that to be the first thing that would be recognized by a literary agent when editing this whether it is self edited or otherwise. ( and it would be insane to self edit in this context).
Something that would have been helpful is examples of what went wrong amidst all the what went right.
And at least twice we were told certain things could not be covered here as they would take too much time and space which becomes ridiculous when one considers that 100 pages of this could have been eliminated by narrowing down all of the favorable reviews.
The reason I gave this four stars is that it doesn't deserve five and I am taking enough out of it to rate it higher than three.
I definitely recommend this to any author as a refresher on what works for some of this agents favorite writers. There is much to take away and I would also recommend it to the Forums and writers groups who always claim they are helping each other meet the requirements of an agent. This might help them focus a bit on the real as opposed to their preconceived notions.
It's also engaging and entertaining despite the bloat of examples.
In my ever so humble opinion, this is worth the read for any would-be writer.