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A book I just found out about —

Did you know that Patricia Wrede wrote a book about writing?
It just came out in December.

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I basically don't find books about writing actually helpful, but for some reason I kind of like reading them anyway.  Wrede is one of the authors I think improved the most from her earliest books to her later books.  I wonder how much improvement was due to a deliberate focus on craft?  And how much of that she managed to figure out consciously and put into this book?5487

For characters, it’s hard to beat Amberglas from THE SEVEN TOWERS, but my favorite book by Wrede is probably . . . oh . . . it’s actually hard to pick.

TALKING TO DRAGONS

SORCERY AND CECELIA

MAIRELON THE MAGICIAN

THIRTEENTH CHILD

Honestly, it’s hard to choose. One of those. You should probably read all four, if you haven’t had the pleasure of reading Wrede before. The Dragon ones can be read out of order just fine, btw. I read this one first, so I thought of it first, but the whole series is a lot of fun. This is the fourth, but it works well to read before the others.

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4 Comments A book I just found out about —

  1. Maureen+E

    SORCERY & CECELIA!

    Although I have a major soft spot for the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, which delighted me to no end when I discovered them in middle school.

  2. Rachel

    Maureen, those worked for me, and I discovered them as an adult! Nice to see a series that can be read with delight by any age, no matter when you stumble across them.

  3. Elaine T

    yep. The teenager demanded the paper edition for Christmas. I’d been sending her things from Wrede’s blog ever since she started writing fiction.
    I’m not a writer, but I think it’s pretty great. Her examples of how the short story writer thinks of ‘Cinderella at a Rock Concert’ vs the novelist’s way, and the various renditions of the same scene in different POV styles are very clear and helpful.

  4. Rachel

    Good, because I just ordered the e-copy! Has The Teenager read Orson Scott Card’s CHARACTER AND VIEWPOINT? Because I have always thought that was one of the few books that might be actually helpful as well as insightful and interesting.

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