Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology
Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler
Yes, I’m reviewing another Anthology; when less than a month ago I said it would be a VERY LONG TIME before I did this again. Oh well… This is less of anthology than a writing tool, anyway. The idea is that you read the stories and then see how the authors came up with them. A kind of brainstorming to editing kind of thing. This is definitely the first time I’ve EVER seen anything like this and it is great! I loved seeing how things went from brainstormed ideas to a rough story to an edited story with the help of discussion and critique. The stories, of course, are great. But I think that seeing the process is ACTUALLY the more valuable thing here. I would suggest this book to anyone who is an aspiring writer who likes science fiction and fantasy. This is a really great look into the process that is normally glossed over by other writing books.