5 Star Review: The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass

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The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great
The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great by Donald Maass

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. I’ve read a lot of books on writing. On building characters, on story structure, and on writing craft in general. The Fire in Fiction falls into the category of general craft, as it touches on many aspects of writing. It is one of the — if not the — best books on craft I have read. Maass’s insight hits home every time, explanations are clear, examples further make his points, and by far the best, the exercises after each section are so immediately helpful I had stopped reading and started applying them to my WIP. I then decided to finish the book first, so now I’m going back to the exercises. They’ve already improved my manuscript!

If you’re going to read one book on the craft of writing, this should be it.

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