Ray Simmons


I decided to read Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles because I am a writer and I’m always trying to work on and improve my craft. I have four books published, but I always want to improve, I always want to write more, and better. I have taken courses and read books but, to be honest, not recently. I hoped I would get some new ideas and a new perspective from reading William H. Coles’s book. I looked him up and he has a lot of books on writing, as well as a website dedicated to helping writers improve their skills. I had high expectations as I began reading Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide and I am pleased to say, those expectations were met and even exceeded. I don’t know what the practical result will be as I just finished the book. All I can tell you is that I learned a lot and I’m eager to start putting it into practice.

Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide is a very well-organized book. It’s short so I suggest you read the whole book and not skip around reading only what you think you might need. I think most writers need it all. Especially beginners who might be trying to find their voice. Start at the beginning. The Literary Fictional Story is a great chapter. It defines fiction and literature and the various components that make these concepts powerful and meaningful. I found every chapter relevant to my journey as a writer. Several chapters, like the ones on revision, character in a literary fictional story, and the fundamentals of telling a literary story really spoke to areas of my writing that I especially feel need improvement. William H. Coles’s writing style is easy to understand. You feel as if the teacher is in the room with you.