Book Recommendation: Jeff VanderMeer’s WONDERBOOK

WonderbookI’m a HUGE fan of books on writing. Like, I probably have an addiction and I know my husband would be REALLY happy if I’d throw out some of these gazillion craft books hogging up the basement…

Recently and sort of on a whim, I picked up Jeff VanderMeer’s Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction. I am so, so, SO glad I did. Seriously guys, this is my new favorite book on writing craft. Not only does this book give beginners everything they need to know to start crafting stories, but it’s an incredibly helpful book for experienced writers too.

Here’s the trailer:

Not only does VanderMeer introduce some awesome concepts and prose possibilities that I’d never considered before, but he also shares tons of essays from other authors on how THEY do things.

Then there’s all the art to go along with it!! A few of the crazy diagrams left my Muse spinning in the best possible way. Like this Hero’s Journey as depicted with a Mexican Luchador:


On top of all the graphics, there’s an interactive website to go along with the text. SO. MUCH. INFORMATION. It took me weeks to get through this book, and I enjoyed/savored every sentence.

So watch the trailer below, read an excerpt or the web extras, and maybe pick a copy of your own. I promise: all artists can gain something from this fantastic guide.

JEFF VANDERMEER is the author of more than 20 books and a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award. His books have made the year’s-best lists of Publishers Weekly, LA Weekly, the Washington Post, Amazon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many more. He is the co-founder and co-director of Shared Worlds, a unique writing camp for teenagers, and has taught at Clarion, the world’s premiere fantasy/sci-fi workshop for adults. VanderMeer is based in Tallahassee, Florida.


4 Responses to Book Recommendation: Jeff VanderMeer’s WONDERBOOK

  1. Zezee Sep 1 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    I’m addicted to books on writing too and I love VanderMeer’s Wonderbook. When I discovered it (I forgot where), I immediately placed an order at B&N. I like that it includes illustrations, which helps to make it a fun read.

  2. Adam Silvera Sep 1 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    THIS BOOK SOUNDS AMAZING! I was sold on the cover alone. I don’t read enough craft books because I’m scared it’ll influence me into thinking THIS IS WAY TO DO THIS and THIS IS THE WAY TO DO THAT, but it’s good practice to digest what sounds good to you – and what doesn’t – as well as experiment to see if something fits.

  3. Anita Sep 2 2014 at 6:54 am #

    The YouTube video was so intriguing. Thank you for the recommendation.

  4. Kaye Sep 2 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    I must say that every time I’ve listened to you, in book recommendations or music, I’ve always been pleased, so I’m definitely checking this one out! 😀

    (Also, I’m super upset to be missing you at Books of Wonder tonight. Next time!)

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