The Writer’s Bookshelf: Recommended References and Writing Resources (Episode 43: Discussing “The Emotional Craft of Fiction” by Donald Maass)

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The Donald-sance continues this week (no, not that one—the Donald Maass-a-sance), with Donald Maass’ latest book, The Emotional Craft of Fiction. If you liked the last two books we covered, then you’ll no doubt appreciate Maass’ unique take on the subject matter driving the thesis of this book.

And what exactly is that thesis?

Emotional investment.

Okay, that’s the topic. But that’s also what his latest book is about. For the most part.

Honestly, this one’s difficult to talk about because it goes beyond the craft of writing, and it has no peers, as far as I know. It’s a unique take on a topic that is hardly ever addressed but still important to consider if we want to approach our work with more than just a half-heart. So, it’s one worth putting on the list.

Welcome back to The Writer’s Bookshelf. Check out the discussion in this week’s video.

Note: You aren’t imagining things. We did skip Donald Maass’ third and fourth books. Why? Because they’re not on my bookshelf yet. Maybe for Season 3.

The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface

by Donald Maass


Amazon Metadata:

·  Paperback : 224 pages

·  ISBN-10 : 9781440348372

·  ISBN-13 : 978-1440348372  

·  Publisher : Writer’s Digest Books; Illustrated edition (December 30, 2016)

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