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.