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TriptiK

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I give Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016 a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. The ability to convey the whole spectrum of emotions associated with a character in short stories displays the author’s skill. Characters created by the author are so realistic as to allow readers to connect with them. A fast read, the book engages the audience immediately and captures the psyche with captivating stories. Regardless of one’s taste, there is
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Maria Dimitrova

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book grabbed me from the beginning. In fact, this is exactly what happens in many of the stories – the story of the main action begins from the first sentence, without wasting time. There are not many unnecessary descriptions and events that can distract the reader from the mainline of action. Another thing that was repeated throughout the book was that the end of many of the stories remained open, and although some things along
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lumenchristi

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book is well-formatted and arranged. It is exceptionally edited because I found no errors in the book. The author delivered the book in simple and plain English that a pure beginner can easily understand the concepts explained. Perhaps, because it is the content I have been looking for, I was never bored while reading the book. The use of case studies to buttress his points gave a better insight into his explanations and credibility. The
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Eva Nyaburi

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Many people enjoy reading literary stories because they get to experience various adventures through the characters in the book. A great story takes the readers to a different world where they are entertained and they become one with the characters in the book. An author must therefore be able to write a book that captures the heart of its readers and one that is remarkable. However, most times authors fail to express ideas in their stories
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Jose Josphat

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I picked this book since I had an interest in writing, and it did not disappoint. The book was enlightening and opened my eyes to how to write catchy literary stories. I also found it educative as well as entertaining. There was nothing to dislike in this book. As a lover of fiction reads, I found it a masterpiece as it offers insights on the professional formulation of a fiction story. The book teaches fiction writers
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Ebi Robert

Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Conclusively, this book is a very interesting piece which serves as a comprehensive guide for fiction writers. I hereby recommend this book for fiction and non-fiction writers. I also recommend it for poets, dramatists, and literary critics. While it may look like a piece for literary fiction writers on the surface level, it is undoubtedly relevant for writers of all literature genres. This is because one, two, or even more of the things discussed in the book
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Norna Haniaden

Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles explained this writer’s literary fiction guide very well. All ideas are well-informed and are equipped with examples of wrong, right, and good writings. So it enlightens me as a reader because I am not just reading pages of theories about good characterization, dialogue, conflict, and motivation without practicing it. Reading this book enables me to point out excellent characterization, the best point of view to use, how to serve a good dialogue, adding humor,
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Maja Anuszewska

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I also liked how clear and concise the guide was. Every new topic was initially introduced by the author through either a short description or dictionary definitions. That allowed the reader to learn standardized definitions of certain words and avoid any misunderstandings. After the general introduction, the author provided an in-depth analysis of different parts of a fictional story. The topics were illustrated with examples from well-known books and movies. The reader could also easily learn
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Luchris_michael

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book taught me a lot of things. I learned how valuable and important good characterization is. I also learned that imagination allows for the growth of characterization in a book. I enjoyed the author’s presentation of the guidelines and principles. The author used simple words that helped me flow well with the book. I love the part of the book that explains why literary stories fail. It will help me to have a picture in
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Victor ODEYEMI

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I enjoyed this book so much that I did not observe any negative aspect in it. The writer gave diligence to details while writing this informative and educative piece. Obviously, this is coming from an authority in this noble field. This book covers every aspect of storytelling that will make a writer more competent after reading it through regardless of his/her level of accomplishment. It was exceptionally edited and thoroughly formatted. Hence, I rate this book
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Azizah Amatu Z

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is very useful for people who are just starting to make fiction stories, because of the basic and principal things in this book. There are no negative aspects to this informative book. Everything is professionally edited. I didn’t find any typos or grammar errors in this book. This book deserves to get a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. Because this book really opens up knowledge about writing fiction stories. Each chapter in
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MysticSpade

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author did an absolutely exceptional job creating and developing these characters. Their quirks, unique physical features, and personalities made them personable on a whole other level. In the beginning, I didn’t think it was possible for me to hate a character like McDowell as much as I did. As the main character grew, my hate turned into sympathy and I learned to love him. Even minor characters like Willie and Winona were exceptionally developed. This
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Gary Pro

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org One of the best aspects of this book is that it is simple to read; the author tried to use simple language throughout the book and define every term that you may encounter while reading. As a result, this book is suitable for readers of all backgrounds, whether experienced writers or first-time writers. The ideas in the book are also well organized, with detailed information on each topic, examples to illustrate each point and a summary
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Amna Khalid

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I liked the division of the book into two parts, and both focus on different components. Furthermore, the best thing is that the author has mentioned relevant content under headings and sub-headings. It will help readers to find the content they are looking for. I liked how the author chose a step-by-step approach to write the entire book and carefully organized the chapters. For the readers who want to understand where they lack and why their
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Johan Erasmus

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked most about this book is how useful and valuable it is in serving as a guide for writers. Coles draws on an abundance of experience (including his published fiction and non-fiction books) and clearly understands the requirements for exceptional and original literary fiction. His tone is authoritative yet patient, and he remains respectful to other literary domains. The book succeeds in providing the correct tools for creating a quality story. Without a basic
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Mariangela I

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The short stories vary in genre and length, the shortest being of one page and the longest being sixteen pages. They all are very interesting, touching subjects such as race, poverty and disability. My favourites were “The Gift”, for Catherine’s point of view of disability; “The Indelible Myth”, because the mix-up of rumors and actual memories, especially from a child’s perspective is a topic very close to me; “Dilemma”, treating one of the biggest moral questions of
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Divya T

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The first thing I like about the book Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles is, it evokes the writer within a person. Even a person who has not much interest in writing seems to gain interest while reading the book. The book has many examples from short stories to Shakespeare’s novels to compare and understand the subject matter discussed by the author. Some chapters have a one-line definition at the beginning
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Caleb Fx

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org While reading the book, I liked and enjoyed very many things. Firstly, I liked the fact that William H. Coles has introduced the book by giving us some of the definitions of the different vocabularies used in fiction writing. Secondly, enjoyed how the author has used several examples from various literary stories such as Emily Brontë’s, Wuthering Heights in explaining some concepts to help us easily understand. I liked the fact that the author has explained
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Hercules van Wyk

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The chapters flow easily and with ease. Descriptions are clear and in plain language. William H. Coles writes with an ease that is hard to find anything at fault. At no point did a discussion about character, emotions, narrations, or point of view become boring or irrelevant. The writer kept the reader engaged the whole time. The book is written with a positive mindset. Nowhere is it assumed that the subject manner is outside of the
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Recee Ann

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Have you ever thought of how to create literary stories? Is learning how to do it even a thing? Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles is a book, which aims at guiding writers on how to write an effective literary fictional work. It encompasses the key elements to writing a story that grabs the audience’s attention. The book is somewhat like a textbook. With it, you can learn how to create
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Oye Timothy

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide is a gem. A book worth sharing. I found it immensely rich with knowledge and insights. I have always been a fan of storytelling and I had no idea of starting the journey until I read this book. I loved how he used fictional examples to explain some concepts in his book. This was really appreciated because someone who has no prior experience in writing or storytelling will find
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Aliel Karen

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles does a wonderful job of making the lessons clear and easy to grasp. The writing feels very technical and sometimes I got the feeling I was reading a school textbook – grabbing pen and paper is a must -, which in my opinion is an awesome way to provide this kind of information. In addition, at the end of the chapters, there are summaries and guidelines with a few questions that make it
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okoriebcugo

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org There were so many lessons to derive from this short yet power-packed book. Such lessons include the mastery of plot development and the principles of characterization andhow to write captivating literary fiction and I enjoyed every part of it. In general, the book was really great. It was short, straight to the point, captivating, knowledge loaded and above all, its plot was properly developed and it was professionally edited. For these reasons, I give it 4
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Gabriella Smith

Audiobook 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I would recommend this book to a wide variety of people. I think high school teachers would be able to dramatically improve their student’s grades if the syllabus included this manual for creative writing. College students studying creative writing would benefit greatly from following this manual as well. New authors could really improve their writing by reading this manual before starting their respective novels or short stories. Even seasoned and successful authors may find it extremely
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Austin Okumu

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I really loved this book Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer`s Guide by William H. Coles very much. I found quite a number of built stories as Coles tries to explain his guide to writers on how good fiction could be given weight. There was nothing I found not to dislike about this book. For instance, under the sub-topic, Fundamentals of Telling a Literary Story, it is clear to say the author Coles is using his
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Elon Gathungu

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org For me, the most exciting factor in Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles is gaining the insight of an award-winning author. William H. Coles’ expertise shows through his informative interpretation of the writing process and concepts. His experience as a writer shines through in this book. The ideas in the book are well explained and demonstrated. The author applies each concept in examples from classical stories and books excerpts. For example,
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Vine001

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I chose this book to review because I write for fun and wanted to see ways I could make myself better. My expectations were met and I was completely satisfied. The book was concise. Straight to the point yet not in the least bit boring and tiresome. Reading this book was enlightening. I like the fact that a lot of terms in the book were broken down so that anyone can understand them. There were a
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Akshada Joshi

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I would start by complimenting the author on the amazing skills he showed in this book. Every character was fleshed out so beautifully that you feel every emotion that the character feels at any given point in his or her story. No character felt out of place or two-dimensional, no matter how minor their role may be in the story. The author’s experience with the human psyche can be seen through every story. The fluid language made
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david isaji

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author’s enthusiasm to teach people about how they can be better writers is infectious. He walks us through the theoretic elements of writing and how to put them into practice. He offers guidelines that teach aspiring writers how to give life to characters and arrange scenes in order to build a whole world inside their stories. The author uses his years of experience to breaks down the components of writing interesting literary fiction. The information
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akhil tummala

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I like most about this book is the detailing of every section that he mentioned. It is easy to understand the language that he used. As I want to become a writer, I felt this book provided me with information that is required to start a book. He mentioned both positive and negative examples for each category so that readers find the difference between them. He discusses various perceptions and problems with that. This book
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Authentic Voice

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is thought-provoking, capacity building and creativity shaping for writers. William’s way of writing leaves a reader with a greater desire to improve and correct the mistakes in their literary fiction work. He challenges the status quo in style of writing for the fiction story. This opened my eyes to start considering writing a literary fiction story. Though he does not give a step-by-step guide, he offers a great help in content, structural and key
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Moon flower

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org We’ve all been in this situation where we get tired after a few pages of a story and decide to put it down, whereas another story we can’t put down since it’s engaging. But what makes us feel bored or entertained while reading stories, and are there truly ingredients for a story’s success? Why are some stories, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and others, adored and told generation after generation, while others fade and
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samps1910

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked most about the book was how straight-forward and honest the advice was. The author did not miss a beat to talk about what will be the downfall of a writer. I also liked that he mentioned humour and how it can be tough to please every reader. The appendix of the book includes the motivation and desire a writer should have to write a successful story. Getting the message across is harder than
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wowitsalison

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles does a better job of teaching and explaining what goes into a story than any writing class I’ve ever taken. All of his points are concise and well explained. One thing that I particularly liked about this book was how it is laid out and organized. At the beginning of each chapter, there are definitions of terms that are used throughout the rest of the chapter. This helps make sure that everything is very clear
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Mantha1

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org As a lover of fictional stories, this book has opened my eyes to things I ought to look out for in any literary fiction. The author highlighted different reasons behind some words used by writers, and how these words are meant to make readers feel, which I thought was amazing. The vocabulary used was also something I enjoyed about this book because of its simplicity. There is absolutely nothing I dislike about this book because it
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dhn1n18

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I like the organized structure of the book. There are definitions and discussions of terminologies, which have tremendous educational value. I appreciate that the author could explain the most fundamental aspects of storytelling in a short book instead of a long textbook for creative writing. I admire how William H. Coles used different writings from the same plot to describe how the change in words and phrases can completely change the way readers perceive the story.
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Maureen Dangarembizi

The Spirit of Want 5/5 Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS Spirit Of Want by William H. Coles is contemporary adult fiction. Lucy MacMeil is a bitter woman who feels unwanted by her adoptive family. On the surface, she seems to be a happy, successful lawyer but that could not be further from the truth. A chance encounter and a terrible car crash expose the McMeil family for what they truly are to Luke Osbourne. To Luke, Lucy’s nasty behavior can be explained away
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Hayley Haun

The Art of Creating Story Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS The Art of Creating Story by William H. Coles is a writing help masterpiece. The massive work is loaded with priceless nuggets of literary knowledge. Get on your brain’s wetsuit and be ready to plunge into the invaluable treasures offered within. Coles leaves readers wanting for nothing. There are essays, sections on story and craft, interviews from countless authors, writing blog posts, and short stories that are great examples of literary work. Every segment
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Grace Masso

The Art of Creating Story Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS In The Art of Creating Story by William H. Coles, the author defines the essential components of good fiction and teaches readers how to go about developing these elements. The main points of the book are developed in the first two parts that expose the concept of a story and the writing craft. In this book, readers will understand the place of character in literary fiction, how to successfully create drama, what it takes
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Grace Masso

Audiobook 5/5 Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles is an audiobook that tells the story of a successful female lawyer who falls in love with a TV-evangelist she is representing on a case of child sexual abuse. The evangelist skips the country and Lucy leaves everything — her career, husband, and child — and follows him to Africa. What happens next is shocking as she makes new discoveries about the man she believed
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Foluso Falaye

Guardian of Deceit 5/5 Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS Seventeen-year-old Darwin Hastings is forced to accept a new lifestyle when his dying aunt sends him to New York to stay with a guardian, who is a wealthy and well-known footballer. Darwin seeks a sense of family and belonging, the type he experienced with his parents when they were still alive. However, he meets a cold atmosphere infused with lavishness, disrespect, stardom, gambling, scandal, and inappropriate sexual urges; Darwin is told he has
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Rolanda Lyles

The Surgeon's Wife Review from Readers’ Favorite William H. Coles’ The Surgeon’s Wife is a story set in New Orleans about Dr. Mike Boudreaux and his mentor, Dr. Clayton Otherson. The story opens with Mike in surgery and called to assist Otherson because his surgery is going awry. The patient is saved, but Otherson’s mishap opens the door for complaints and eventually a malpractice claim against him for his elective surgeries. Dr. Mike Boudreaux is busy trying to shield his aging friend and
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Kimberlee J Benart

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 5/5 Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS The Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016 includes thirty-three short stories illustrated by six artists, two graphic novels illustrated by Peter Healy, and a novella. The graphic novels are retellings of two of the short stories in the collection. Having previously read Coles’ excellent presentation on The Art of Creating Story, I was eager to explore this collection by a master of the genre, and I wasn’t disappointed. Warning: this isn’t
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Vincent Dublado

The Surgeon's Wife 5/5 Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS A novel that will surprise you by the way author William H. Coles brings depth to his characters, The Surgeon’s Wife is set in New Orleans and centers on the friendship between two brilliant doctors. Clayton Otherson is Mike Boudreaux’s professor and mentor during training, renowned in the medical field for his bold innovations and unmatched results, and is Mike’s senior partner for the last twelve years. But while performing a critical procedure,
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Grace Masso

The Surgeon's Wife Review from Readers’ Favorite The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Coles is a literary fiction novel that presents a conflict between two strong characters and medical professionals. Clayton Otherson is a senior influential and respectable surgeon. Or he once was. But he is growing old and this leads to him making mistakes that can have devastating effects on patients. The sad thing is that he refuses to admit that he is losing the skill because of age. Mike Boudreaux is
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Patricia Reding

Creating Literary Stories 5/5 Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS In Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide, author William H. Coles says that a work of literary fiction is a story that “has a character-based, character-driven plot, with carefully developed and sequenced motivations . . . presented through scenes structured with conflict, action, and resolution.” He then elaborates on various themes. What is a character? How is one developed and molded from the stereotypical to something outside the norm? Why might a
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Lorraine Cobcroft

Creating Literary Stories Review from Readers’ Favorite William H Coles is an accomplished author, having written several novels, many short stories, and several instructional texts for writers. He knows what makes for good literary fiction. Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide delivers a wealth of helpful information for the would-be author, and for established authors who wish to improve, or who perhaps want to migrate from genre fiction to literary fiction. Coles begins by pointing out that ‘literary means writing that is
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Liz Konkel

The Art of Creating Story 5/5 Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS The Art of Creating Story by William H. Coles is the ideal resource for writers to have on their shelves. Coles delivers a breakdown of the literary story by sharing about the craft, advice, and providing useful interviews and examples. Coles delves into the breakdown of the various parts that include creating the character, narration, drama, dialogue, and action. One aspect of this book that stands out is the use of interviews Coles
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Carolina Restrepo

Creating Literary Stories 5/5 Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide is a book dedicated to the must do’s and mustn’t do’s when writing fiction. It’s separated into subjects and strategies: characters, narration, points of view, emotions, motivation, dialogue, writing in scene, humor, and more. This is an essential guide for anyone who wants to write fiction. William H. Coles, an award-winning and multiple novels and short stories author, brings to the world a complete and enjoyable
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Emily-Jane Hills Orford

The Art of Creating Story Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS What is involved in writing the best short story? The best work of literary fiction? Is it the narrative? The characterization? How does a writer improve the craft of writing? We, as writers, are always (or, at least we should be) working on honing our writing skills. We need to consider at all times our ability to work with all the key elements of literary fiction: characterization, narration, character-based plotting, dialogue, drama, point of
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Mamta Madhavan

Creating Literary Stories 5/5 Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles is a handy tool for all those writers who want to embark on fiction writing because of the detailed information it gives when it comes to writing fiction. Writers must always have a clear idea of what words mean when it comes to successfully narrating a story in fiction The author discusses the three POVs (points of view) from which one can
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Peggy Jo Wipf

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from Readers’ Favorite I stood in awe of the amazing writing skills of William H. Coles in Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016. This collection of short stories will not leave you with that fuzzy feeling of happy endings, but you will view humanity in times of our darker acts. Each mesmerizing piece touches a raw nerve that leaves you questioning choices that were made. After each story, I was thinking “this is the one is my
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blackjack1

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars since it is well-written and has no errors or mistakes and I personally enjoyed it very much and recommend it to any fiction writer out there who wants to strengthen his literary knowledge and ability to write fiction books. You don’t need any previous knowledge in order to read this book and understand (except for knowing how to read in English of course). Even if you can’t
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Dayodiola

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org “Knowledge is available everywhere,” what needs to be done is the will to crave it. This book will prod the interest of any author or student to know more about story-writing. There isn’t anything I find off in this book, even the author’s proficiency is evident in the lack of grammatical error, devoid of profane words, well-edited, and crafted in an academic sense — simple words that are easy to understand. For this, I will rate
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Laila_Hashem

The Spirit of Want 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The thing that I love most about the book is the way that the characters are demonstrated. The book successfully presents each character’s personality, intentions, history, and development in such a way that the readers feel they have known the characters their entire life. Even though Lucy was presented as a hostile, stubborn, manipulative liar, I found myself sympathizing with her and truly understanding the motivation behind her actions. Finally, the book has clearly been professionally
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Arma-Wolfomatiko

The Spirit of Want 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book is easy to read and all the characters described by William H. Coles are very vivid. This made me immerse in the story so much, that at times I was left reading while gritting my teeth. You get to know the characters inside out. It makes you fall in love with one, while wishing the worst for the other. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. As I mentioned before, the book
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Ladybug1516

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is a story about self-discovery and redemption. It teaches us how we, as humans, are easily ready to forgive those who we dislike when we see that they are trying to improve themselves. For example, the reader starts off hating Hiram but soon begins to love him as they read about his journey of self-discovery, grief and how he is trying to rebuild his reputation. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an
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MoniqueBatty

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is without a doubt a 4 out of 4. It is very well written, packed with engaging characters, thought provoking, and intelligent. I appreciated the short, italicized inserts which kept the story moving without over explaining. The characters were very real and each was unique with their own personalities and character traits that were well explored. All the characters, no matter how minor, were well defined and had real depth to them. I found
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HMH93

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is, like the expeditions that its main character enjoys so much, a trek into the unknown with priceless gems scattered along the way. I appreciated the use of third-person in this work because, in a way, Hiram is more or less on trial and not just before a jury of his peers and his loved ones. The readers serve as part of the jury as well. Coles moreover artfully lays out the evidence for his
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Rhainu

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is an impressive book. I could not find any misspellings or grammatical mistakes, and it was overall, very well written and exceptionally well-edited. The novel itself is written in mostly short, descriptive sentences. At first, I found it a little off-putting, as I am used to the more flowery, descriptive lines used in many novels, but I found that this style of directness fits well with the story. It also made it easier to read,
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smaloy94

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell by William H. Coles is an excellent read. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars for it’s intriguing adventure, the characters, and the editing. This book is excellent and I really didn’t dislike any part outside of what is expected. There are some situations that are uncomfortable to read but that’s reality and I appreciate what it adds to the story. The book is very well edited with no noticeable grammar issues. Majority
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Kristina Louise

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org In addition to an ever-evolving and expanding theme, this book charms the reader with life-lessons about everything from blaming others for our misfortunes to understanding what’s really important in life. I enjoyed the storyline; it’s one of those books where you think you know what’s coming next but you’re not even close. The story gracefully weaves in and out of the lives of the characters creating a web of ethical and moral dilemmas the reader is
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loriaharris

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org A novel written by award-winning author William H. Coles, McDowell is one of the best examples of Literary Fiction I have read since such authors as Salinger and Fitzgerald. With the character of Hiram McDowell, Coles ranks right up there with the best. I must rate this a 4 out of 4 stars. If I could I would give it more. I loved just about everything about this novel. Coles should go down in history as
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Bertha Jackson

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I really liked this book because of the morals involved. It made me stop and wonder about some actions that I may have taken in my personal and professional life that may have been harmful to others. Sometimes something that can be insignificant to you can be harmful to others. Definitely, something I am going to start taking note of. There was not anything I disliked about the book because it flowed smoothly and kept my
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McCrimmonal_91

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell, written by William H. Coles, was absolutely captivating throughout. It presents the characters and scenes in a way that makes them truly believable, and makes one forget it is a fictional read. The way it made me feel, as I read the beginning, contradicted how I felt by the ending. I found myself deeply drawn into the text and couldn’t wait to continue on to each chapter to find out what conflict would arise next.
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Lonawin

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org It was an honor and privilege to write this review for the novel, McDowell. The author, William H. Coles, is a literary genius who created a dramatic story about a surgeon’s adventures through a tumultuous life. The book was very believable, especially considering the author’s background of ophthalmic surgery. He allowed the reader to experience the main character, Hiram McDowell’s, vulnerable life ridden with constant decision-making and significant trials accompanying such a prominent profession. McDowell is
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Christy G

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Each chapter explains the many aspects of fiction writing, with examples that help explain the points made. I could find no mistakes, the book is well edited. It has no foul language. There were no grammar mistakes i found while reading the book. The thing I liked most about the book is how every element of fiction writing is well outlined, with the author going a step further to illustrate using examples on how to apply
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samps1910

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked most about the book was how straight-forward and honest the advice was. The author did not miss a beat to talk about what will be the downfall of a writer. I also liked that he mentioned humour and how it can be tough to please every reader. The appendix of the book includes the motivation and desire a writer should have to write a successful story. Getting the message across is harder than
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Clorinda Donovan

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org For anyone getting fumbled on how to formulate dialogue, characterization, in scene descriptions, finding your own voice, and so much more this is a book to treasure. Here is an excerpt from the story that I thought was so simple yet quite on point. “Feelings in a story can be told. “He was angry with her.” Although necessary at times, this lacks energy and taxes reader interest. (“Angry” is abstract.) Although it is much more strenuous
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Ms Awuor

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Writing is a skill. Writing a fiction story requires even more of it. Unlike in a memoir where events in the narration are a reality, a fictional story takes a lot more effort. The author has to put together the characters, come up with a setting, theme, and plot. What’s more, the author has to ensure that the read was worth the reader’s time. Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles is
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Eriny Youssef

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org CREATING LITERARY STORIES: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles explains everything needed to write a literary fiction story, starting off with the basics (definitions and introductions) all the way to the more complicated items. The content is delivered in a fun non-academic way. It’s not easy to achieve this kind of readability when writing a guidebook made up of advice and lists of dos and don’ts. The author crafted the chapters and sections skillfully
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Wy_Bertram

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Short-story veteran, William. H. Coles condenses his years of experience into this book which attempts to explain the intricacies involved in creating powerful literary fiction stories. Having read a few of Coles’ books, most of which I thoroughly enjoyed, I was quite pleased and excited to finds this manual listed on the website. And after reading, I am satisfied with the amount of knowledge I obtained from this. Read the entire review here… Wy_Bertram


Anngladys

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked about the book was how simply the information was presented. That is always a winner for me. It is easy to understand what the author meant and put it to good use. I enjoyed the book because I love writing. I also like to know how other writers approach the craft and I was glad to get a sneak preview into Cole’s mind. I also found the definitions of difficult words that the
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vee_blanche

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Inside the book, there are four things that I like. These are the definitions, examples, summaries, and the whys, like “why literary stories fail.” Every chapter starts with the definitions of literary words. These terms are operationally defined as to what their functions in the story that the writers are creating. As an experienced writer Mr. Cole is, I love using different classic stories in his examples. His examples are diverse from fairy tales-to Shakespeare’s classic
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Suzer6440 xyz

Guardian of Deceit 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This is the first book I have read by this author. He definitely had a way of drawing me in and keeping me interested. I was intrigued as it challenged my emotions and thinking. I am looking forward to reading more novels written by William H. Coles. Personally, I liked the overall message this book created for me. It was a great example of what hard work can accomplish in life. I loved how the author
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timd

Guardian of Deceit 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author manages to create emotions of intense sympathy and interest for many of the characters in the reader. His writing is crisp and very effective. Written from the third person narrative, a compelling plot is created that generates excitement and an atmosphere of mounting social tension. An feeling of life in the social stratosphere of society, but the main protagonist’s maintenance of his own morals and noble ambitions, are skillfully woven into the narrative. For
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Alex Baadom

Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I loved best about Guardian of Deceit was the character development. William H. Coles really did a great job of developing almost all the characters that appeared in the book. He made the likes, dislikes, history, attitudes, weekeness etc. of characters such as Sweeney, Mrs Thompson, Helen, Lazlo, known intimately to his readers. This he did by not making the whole book about Darwin or his life. Chapters were dedicated to certain characters and their life.
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sdblack

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org enjoyed the variety of characters and locales throughout the book. Hiram interacts with many work colleagues, family, and then strangers who become friends in the second half of the book. There is something for just about everyone included in McDowell. I would recommend this book to all readers. There was nothing I disliked about it. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The author’s style is very fast and easy to read. The editing
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GerardTaylor

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I rated McDowell, by William H. Coles, 4 out of 4 stars. This is a fascinating and thought-provoking novel. The plot and character development are exceptional, as is the writing and editing. This novel would appeal to the reader who is fascinated by character study and development, and a nuanced examination of ethics and success in our modern world. Mr. Coles is a first rate writer and accurate observer of the human condition. Despite my early
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Michele Harris

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is complex and tackles many facets of one man’s life. The book is entertaining, engaging, and reads like a thriller movie. It is told from several different viewpoints and the narrative skips back and forth to provide varying perspectives of a man you love to hate. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I was going to get through the book while reading part one. Certainly not because it wasn’t interesting or lacked plot. It was
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