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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Outside the Box: Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories without End for Learning and Discussion by Taylor Sapp is a book you should have if you want to write in a creative, imaginative way. It is written for students and works like “writing prompts.” There is much to enjoy in this book. The stories are incomplete and they keep the reader thinking about what could happen next. Taylor Sapp creates a hook for each story, a strong premise, and then allows the imagination of the reader to be ignited. Each story is followed by a series of questions that help in building character, exploring ideas for plot development, writing the setting, and crafting a conflict that can take the story forward.
Taylor Sapp is a great teacher who makes the writing process easier for students with prompts that are strong and mind-boggling. I found the questions to be relevant and formulated to keep the reader thinking about the different things that can happen to the story. One of the stories is a confrontation between Sam and a genie who asks her what she really wants. It is a clichéd idea, one may think at the opening, but the questions that follow invite the reader to think deeper and to consider complex issues that might arise. The stories range from making a wish to the powerful body swap candy, to the English class on Mars, to time travel, and to many others. Outside the Box: Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories without End for Learning and Discussion is intelligently conceived and written to be a powerful tool for teachers and anyone interested in writing a great story. This author just gave me ideas for my own writing. The book will be a great companion for writers and I loved the fact that each story contains guiding questions that can lead the reader to multiple writing paths.