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How To Write Your Best Story:
Advice for Writers on Spinning an Enchanting Tale
by Philip Martin
Crickhollow Books • eBook edition
“An inspiring, captivating gem of book on the storyteller’s art. I loved it.”
– Douglas Clegg, author of Neverland, Isis, and other bestselling novels
“What he succeeds in doing, admirably, is not only describing some of the elements of good storytelling, but describing them in such a way as to model good storytelling in the very act of explaining it. In short, this book is wonderfully readable.” – Moira Allen, Writing-World.com
This book looks at what really makes fiction work: good storytelling!
Unfortunately, storytelling skills, despite their immense value to all writers, are seldom emphasized in writing courses. As Flannery O’Connor said, “I find that most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one.”
This book explores the three key elements that fuel the magic of story: intriguing eccentricity, delightful details, and satisfying surprises.
The proven techniques are time-tested and used by successful authors whose work is treasured by generations of fans. The practical tips, techniques, and examples of best practices found here draw on the work of great literary storytellers – from Shakespeare, Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Mark Twain to Willa Cather, E.B. White, and James Thurber to Neil Gaiman, Ivan Doig, and Patrick Rothfuss.
This guide draws on the author’s decades of experience in the book trade, studying what really works for emerging writers and editing many books of advice on literary craft and career development.
How To Write Your Best Story will help you understand how to craft better fiction (or nonfiction) and to get your best work published.
Philip Martin is an experienced editor, publisher, and writing coach for emerging authors. Previously acquisitions editor for The Writer Books, he has also written A Guide to Fantasy Literature and award-winning books on traditional culture. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.