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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Probably someone with low standards. It might be a prime example of a "how not to write a how to book" so there is something informative to be had here.
Would you ever listen to anything by Blaine Hart again?
In something else. Maybe anything else.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
In a way, he does sound like if reading an infomercial. I'm wary of holding him responsible for the terrible content he had to give voice to.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Aversion for the most part. Add a bit of contempt for the lack of true, worthy content. Add a speckle of disgust for the trite examples and the woefully wrong pieces of advice such as "Deus-Ex machina is totally A-O.K. in fantasy settings".
Any additional comments?
Let me preface this by the fact that this is well... not as terrible an event as I might make it sound. Mostly, it's wasted money and time. Not that much time, but wasted it was.
Now, it wasn't so much money wasted. Neither too much time, clocking at a short length. What boggles the mind is how with such very little, precious time to craft some useful advice, the author decides to blather on about setting up aromatic doodads, relaxing with tea, and setting up music. It is no small wonder he has the time to write anything at all. Around the 1/4th mark of the whole turgid thing, he actually gets onto the topic.
And oh man, that's where it gets mediocre at best. The good advice I've heard before (and never anything really excellent as the writer has not the most keen of insights) and the terrible advice really does its best to set you astray on your writing career. Terrible in every possible way.
If you'd like some better writing knowledge for your time: Try anything by the great courses. Or better yet! Want quality sans cost? Podcasts like "Writing excuses" and "Helping authors become writers" deliver useful, solid, and quality advice at a regular pace and they do take so much less time than this unbelievable heap of mediocrity.
So yeah, not that much harm done and I won't be returning it. But by the good Lord is it terrible.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I was really interested learning something about writing fantasy stories: what are the specialities, and what are the elements that differentiate fantasy form other genre. The length seemed to be right to cover this subject.
I have to say I'm dissatisfied. Maybe quarter of the book covers writing advice that directly related to fantasy, and half of that is common knowledge, or you just learn it while reading fantasy books.
The rest was general writing advice and common task management knowledge related to writing in general. I found myself repeatedly tapping the +30 second icon (I was listening to the audio version) or jumping to the next chapter.
The book is not total waste of time, it gives sound advice for wannabe writers who just start to learn about the craft (hence the three stars). But it should be clearly mentioned in the summary that this book is about writing in general with some aspects of fantasy writing added.
The narrator did a good job.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I'm astonished by some of the reviews of this audio book. I made the mistake of buying this book on the basis of those reviews. I should have looked at the author's fantasy output before deciding whether he/she had the credibility and track record to be providing advice to others. Looking at Hart's books on Amazon, I find the reviews suspect - the mainly 5-star ratings in stark contrast with reviews of the same books on Goodreads (generally 2 star). Frankly, I think an author who doesn't know the difference between "its" and"it's" or whose hero is expect to "bare" pain rather than "bear" it, should focus on his/her own craft before advising others.
This audio book follows a similar vein. The advice is mainly generic, and could easily have been ripped out of any "write a novel" guide. I got bored an hour in and decided I had better things to do with my time than listen to the rest. "The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction" by Philip Athans is much better.
On the other hand, if your ambitions are limited to writing 50 page "epic" fantasies with amateur covers and copious spelling mistakes/word misuses/grammatical errors/cliches etc then be my guest.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about this story?
I especially liked the author’s ideas on how to create a plot twist and reflect your theme in the ending. There is great advice to be followed such as the way to grow your protagonist while they become a better person.
Any additional comments?
I have enjoyed listening to the Writing Fantasy book by Blaine Hart. Writing fantasy books can be very exciting but challenging as well and this book offers great tips and advice. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to become an author. The book not only offers tips on writing fantasy books but it gives valuable advice on general writing as well. You can find useful tips on how to prepare your book, fantasy elements usually used in this genre and techniques on writing fantasy stories.
''Keep your details consistent and make your story too'' was a great advice!