How To Write Your Best Story:
Advice for Writers
on Spinning an Enchanting Tale
by Philip Martin
Crickhollow Books • June 2011
Trade Softcover • 128 pages
“This is a gem of a book – a must-read for anyone who wishes to craft the ‘best story’ possible.” – Raymond Bial, author of more than 80 books for children and adults, including Amish Home, The Underground Railroad, and Where Lincoln Walked.
“A good writer is basically a storyteller,” said Isaac Bashevis Singer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
“I find that most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one,” according to Flannery O’Connor.
Beginning writers often wonder: how do I get published? This book looks at what really makes fiction work: good storytelling!
This book explores three key elements that fuel the magic of story: intriguing eccentricity, delightful details, and satisfying surprises. Emerging writers will find advice here to help them improve almost any work of fiction (or narrative nonfiction); just add the spice of story!
Philip Martin is an experienced editor of many books of advice for authors. Previously acquisitions editor for The Writer Books, he has also written A Guide to Fantasy Literature and award-winning books on traditional culture. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.