July 30, 2013
Review: Writing the Paranormal Novel: Techniques and Exercises for Weaving Supernatural Elements Into Your Story.
Writing the Paranormal Novel: Techniques and Exercises for Weaving Supernatural Elements Into Your Story. by Steven Harper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I have a lot of writing books in my house. I tend to overlook new ones, not because I think I don't have anything left to learn, but because I figure the books I already have cover every conceivable subject.
Then I ran across this little book, and realized I could make room for one more.
Paranormal/supernatural stories require some special skills and techniques not found in real-world fiction, and the author details them quite well. He also details the challenges inherent in fitting a supernatural creature into the modern-day world, covering everything from culture to government to technology. These subjects are not dealt with in excessive detail (if the author did that, the book would be two inches thick) but there's plenty in these little snippets to spark one's imagination.
Altogether, this is an entertaining, useful little book, and I'm glad I added it to my collection.
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