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Publisher's Note:

Want to write a fantastic work of fiction? Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. This book takes you through the steps of writing a story from beginning to end. Learn how to gather inspiration and develop a story's characters. Then visualize and organize your story's plot with a writing map. And after you've written a really rough draft, check out tips for revising your work. You'll also …

Writing Fantastic Fiction

by Jennifer Joline Anderson

Overall Book Review:

Step on up and come write this way to learn the basics of writing fiction in Jennifer Joline Anderson’s, Writing Fantastic Fiction. A great introductory book for adolescents who are keen to discover useful techniques to help them devise a story. So, what can the reader expect?

You’ll also discover advice on gathering story ideas and developing characters, a setting, and a plot. And you’ll move from writing a rough draft to editing, revising, and perfecting your story. You’ll even find advice and examples from master writers along the way

With a splashy design, colorful typography, and pictures, the book feels fun. The visually dynamic layout of photos and quotes by relevant authors contributes to the engagement of a more youthful reader. This formation is an intuitive part of the book, as it breaks up the informational tone and adds the flair a younger audience may crave.

Ms. Anderson really likes to jam-pack this short book with a lot of references to famous authors and novels, which can feel a little overwhelming at times. However, the “name dropping” may enlighten those who are less familiar with some of these popular works of fiction, so hopefully it’s not too redundant.

A rudimentary look into what it takes to write fiction, this brief book covers a lot, but does not delve deep into any one particular set skill on how to facilitate fantastic fiction. This makes it a good starting point for a novice who is ready to pursue their fictional debut.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Lerner Classroom

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 mild obscenity.

Violence/Gore:  Character shoves another character, described as a “bully”; threat of being cut.

Sex/Nudity:  Reference to writing romance; holding hands.

Mature Subject Matter:


Alcohol / Drug Use:

Reference to a novel that deals with alcoholism.

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I appreciate books of all genres, but my main squeeze is fiction. Depending on my mood it could be romance or suspense; lately I’ve been courting fantasy. When I don’t have my nose in a book, I am locating tasty paleo recipes, writing in-coherent poetry, and crafting with paper.