How to Write Fiction

The Basics

Non-Fiction - Writing/Publishing
58 Pages
Reviewed on 05/10/2017
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Author Biography

Dorothy May Mercer is the successful author and publisher of numerous novels, memoirs, short stories, pictorial travel-logs, plays, seminars, meditations and musical compositions. Having taught for forty years, she loves to help others learn. Thus she has published the successful series How to For You, for improving authors and self-publishers.
She has appeared on radio and television many times and had her own show. With her husband she has traveled all fifty of the United States, eleven of the Canadian provinces, Africa, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Australia, New Zeeland and England. Her careers are too numerous to count, having been fired three times, ending up as president of two small to medium corporations. Dorothy is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College, a summa cum laude graduate of Western Michigan University with further studies at Perkins School of Theology, Albion College and Grand Valley State University. She is a Certified Leader in Heaing and Wholeness Ministries, a Certified Director of Music and Ordained Deacon with the United Methodist Church and has been listed in Who's Who in America, in the World, in Business and in American Women for many years.
In spite of it all, her greatest accomplishments have been a happy husband, two well-educated daughters and six beautiful and smart grandchildren.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite

In How to Write Fiction: The Basics, the twenty-second book in Dorothy May Mercer's How To For You series, Mercer dives into the mechanics of writing with helpful tips for the burgeoning storyteller. Taking the reader and hopeful writer through the step by step basics of grammar, formatting and syntax, How To Write Fiction is a great primer for anyone looking to start on their road to publication. With an eye on self publishing, Mercer also informs the reader on how to correctly format their book as well as craft eye catching blurbs. Filled with minimal jargon and populated with creative exercises every step of the way, the budding writer will feel confident that they have the tools necessary to accomplish their dreams while the more experienced author will be able use this booklet to sharpen their tools of the trade.

How To Write Fiction by Dorothy May Mercer is a nifty little booklet. She does not mince words or fill the text with superfluous fluff, which is something that any writer looking to get straight to  the point will appreciate. The exercises are simple and will not intimidate the novice, and there are also examples of the types of writing pitfalls to avoid. The overarching scope of How To Write Fiction follows the beat of any competent novel, focusing on the opening and offering its final exercise with how to properly end a novel. How To Write Fiction by Dorothy May Mercer is a great supplement to any writer's shelf.