Header collage featuring the cover of How to be a Fantastic Writer by Danuta Reah

How to be a Fantastic Writer

Short, easy, fun to read and above all, practical.

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Commercial fiction is all about hitting the accepted mark within the genre, and laying the foundations is paramount to an immersive experience for the reader. This book helps both the beginner and the experienced writer to check they are hitting that mark.

How to be a Fantastic Writer

How to be a Fantastic Writer is a step-by-step guide to writing popular fiction. It offers support and advice to new and more experienced writers in a step-by-step guide to writing your novel and getting it published.

  • Overall structure of a book

  • Establishing a fictional world

  • Creating characters

  • Writing a compelling opening

  • Building and releasing tension

  • Winding up: bringing your story to a satisfactory conclusion

  • Creating a compelling pitch

These are supported with examples from successfully published fiction, including The Last Room, Life Ruins, and Strangers.

If you’re just starting out and want a solid framework to give you confidence, or if you are a seasoned novelist who wants practical advice on how to draw your reader in from the first page, or inject tension into a scene that inexplicably seems to drag, then this is the book for you.