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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
As well as writing guides for beginner and inexperienced writers, the wannabes of the writing world, Hank Quense has written a considerable number of parodies, humorous and satirical fantasy, and science fiction stories. He is very thorough and disciplined in his writing and it is this discipline that he shares with others in his writing guides, like Creating Stories. For the wannabe writer who doesn’t know where to start, this is the book for you. Writing stories can be quite simple if you follow Hank’s guidelines. Basically, “Stories are the result of three separate creative processes: Creative ideas, Story design and Story-telling technique.” And, with these three basics, Hank sets out to lead the novice writer through the overall creative process, breaking down the essentials of a good story.
To begin with, a good writer must be cognisant of the makings of a story. There is the setting and the characters, the plot, and, finally, the creative process of story-telling. You can’t have a story without viable characters, real life dialogue and believable settings. And you can’t have a plot without a conflict that progresses through a series of events to a compelling climax, followed by a resolution. A good story must be told with care and this requires consideration and planning on the part of the author. The whole point of writing a story is to capture the attention of readers. In order to do that, the author must hone the entire writing process, the craft of creating, of telling a good story. Through examples, and quirky dialogue inserts with a wannabe author, Hank helps novice and experienced writers perfect their writing and tell a good story.