Unblock your writing and recapture the playfulness of fiction.
Maybe you just can’t start. Maybe you complete a first draft only to discover that it feels like a betrayal of your vision, a pale imitation of the story you had in mind. Maybe your drive toward perfection keeps you continuously editing the same scene; you just can’t get it right. Maybe you don’t know where your story is going anymore, or maybe you’re waiting for time to get magically freed up so that you can devote long afternoons or long days to creating your story.
In this new toolkit, Stant Litore propels you through 33 exercises that will help you unblock your writing and rekindle your creativity. What we forget easily is that storytelling is play, so in this book we will recapture the excitement, play, and improvisation of fiction. Besides tackling the various causes of writer’s block, discover exciting ways to find new characters, plots and subplots, and ways to reignite your love of language, your love of story, your sense of wonder, and your courage as a writer.
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REVIEWS FOR STANT LITORE’S TOOLKITS FOR FICTION WRITERS
“Not only is the advice great, but there’s a warmth to the chapters that makes writing inviting rather than intimidating.” – Todd Mitchell, author of The Traitor King and The Last Panther
“There are other worldbuilding books out there; this is the one you want.” – Travis Heerman, author of the Ronin trilogy
“A master class: Litore has created an accessible, comprehensive approach.” – S.G. Redling, author of Flowertown and Damocles
“This is a clear, comprehensive, and beautifully written guide that will not only help emerging writers to find their voices and build imaginative worlds and characters, but one that will also prove invaluable to experienced writers seeking to spark their creative impulses or deepen the worlds they create.” – Angela Mitchell, author of Falada and Dancing Days
“Stant’s masterclass take on writing fiction…makes me want to rewrite everything I’ve done, and push on to new works. He is clear, entertaining, and passionate. I wish these books were available when I started writing, and I’m happy they are available now.” – James Van Pelt, author of Pandora’s Gun
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stant Litore is the author of the nonfiction titles Lives of Unforgetting and On the Other Side of the Night, and the fiction titles Ansible, The Zombie Bible, Dante’s Heart, and The Dakotaraptor Riders. Best known for his weird fiction, alternate history, and science fiction, he holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver (as Daniel Fusch). He has served as a developmental editor for the independent writers’ collaborative Westmarch Publishing, and his work on character development has been featured in Jeff Vandermeer’s Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction. Litore’s fiction has been acclaimed by NPR, has served as the topic for scholarly work in Relegere and Weird Fiction Review, and he has been hailed as “SF’s premier poet of loneliness.” He is fascinated by ancient languages, history, and religious studies. He does not currently own a starship or a time machine but would rather like to. He lives in Colorado with his three children and hides from visitors in the basement library beneath a heap of toy dinosaurs, tattered novels, comic books, incomprehensibly scribbled drafts, and antique tomes. He is working on his next novel, or several.
He has taught these classes for Clarion West, Pikes Peak Writers, Writing the Other, Apex Writers, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and other professional associations and events for fiction writers.
Cover art by Ashley Hankins.