Gisela Dixon


Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide is a non-fiction book on the do’s and don’ts of writing creative fiction stories. William H. Coles is himself an author of fiction stories and in this book, he talks from his own experience about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to fiction or creative writing. In this book, he discusses in detail the craft and techniques of creating stories. The topics covered in this book include character development in fiction, narration, dialogue, depicting conflict, humor, emotion, writing scenes, the importance of first-person point of view, second-person narration, the pitfalls to watch out for and some reasons why literary stories fail, how to create a literary fiction story, how to make it come to life, essentials, revision, and more. There are also examples provided within the appropriate context that really highlight these techniques and how to use them.

Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles is a book that I am sure any aspiring fiction writer will find handy. It is a fairly short read but provides plenty of tips and techniques for the novice or amateur writer to improve upon and hone their skills. It can also be helpful for anyone who has never written a book before but would like to be an author of literary stories. William writes in a clear, lucid style and although the book should ideally be read in sequence, I feel readers can jump around to certain topics and chapters if they want. This is a handy guide for aspiring writers.