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Are you thinking about writing fiction? Writing a novel? Trying to improve a manuscript? Then you need to know all about fiction-writing modes. Eleven fiction-writing modes comprise all written fiction. If you don't know what they are and how each works, how can your story reach its potential? Writing fiction isn't easy, but trying to write a novel without a solid understa Are you thinking about writing fiction? Writing a novel? Trying to improve a manuscript? Then you need to know all about fiction-writing modes. Eleven fiction-writing modes comprise all written fiction. If you don't know what they are and how each works, how can your story reach its potential? Writing fiction isn't easy, but trying to write a novel without a solid understanding of fiction-writing modes is an exercise in frustration. You can learn about fiction-writing modes in three ways: (1) just start writing and hope you learn over time, (2) read lots of books and attend a bunch of seminars, or (3) study a book devoted entirely to the subject. Mike Klaassen has already read the books and attended the seminars. Combining his copious notes with his own writing experience, he's identified and defined eleven fiction-writing modes that comprise all written fiction. Save yourself a ton of time, money, and frustration with one comprehensive, concise book. Inside "Fiction-Writing Modes," you'll discover: all eleven modes, a definition of each mode, the nuances of using each mode, practical examples of how to use each mode, which modes are the most effective in fiction-writing today, how combining modes can magnify your writing power, and much, much more. Why spend countless hours doing your own research? "Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life" is a treasure of straightforward, practical information that you can use immediately. Unlock your full potential with "Fiction-Writing Modes" today!


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Are you thinking about writing fiction? Writing a novel? Trying to improve a manuscript? Then you need to know all about fiction-writing modes. Eleven fiction-writing modes comprise all written fiction. If you don't know what they are and how each works, how can your story reach its potential? Writing fiction isn't easy, but trying to write a novel without a solid understa Are you thinking about writing fiction? Writing a novel? Trying to improve a manuscript? Then you need to know all about fiction-writing modes. Eleven fiction-writing modes comprise all written fiction. If you don't know what they are and how each works, how can your story reach its potential? Writing fiction isn't easy, but trying to write a novel without a solid understanding of fiction-writing modes is an exercise in frustration. You can learn about fiction-writing modes in three ways: (1) just start writing and hope you learn over time, (2) read lots of books and attend a bunch of seminars, or (3) study a book devoted entirely to the subject. Mike Klaassen has already read the books and attended the seminars. Combining his copious notes with his own writing experience, he's identified and defined eleven fiction-writing modes that comprise all written fiction. Save yourself a ton of time, money, and frustration with one comprehensive, concise book. Inside "Fiction-Writing Modes," you'll discover: all eleven modes, a definition of each mode, the nuances of using each mode, practical examples of how to use each mode, which modes are the most effective in fiction-writing today, how combining modes can magnify your writing power, and much, much more. Why spend countless hours doing your own research? "Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life" is a treasure of straightforward, practical information that you can use immediately. Unlock your full potential with "Fiction-Writing Modes" today!

30 review for Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    This is a tool I will keep beside me. It helps the writer find different ways to communicate more effectively. I really took the instruction to heart and will refer to this again and again. It is a plethora of topics which allows the writer to dig deeper to find the best emotion, with the best intensity and appropriateness. I received this book from StoryCartel in exchange for my honest review. The chapter on recollection really gave me a lot to consider. In my current writing project recollectio This is a tool I will keep beside me. It helps the writer find different ways to communicate more effectively. I really took the instruction to heart and will refer to this again and again. It is a plethora of topics which allows the writer to dig deeper to find the best emotion, with the best intensity and appropriateness. I received this book from StoryCartel in exchange for my honest review. The chapter on recollection really gave me a lot to consider. In my current writing project recollections play a huge role and this has so generously shown clever and meaningful ways in which to do just that. Not just place them in the story but place them in a way that does not break the momentum. I could keep going on and on about this book because I learned so much while reading. Writers should take a look at this book. There is so much to offer inside.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie - Books Less Travelled

    *I received a copy from the author for review. This in no way affects my review* Another great read that I plan to keep close by! As I start writing again, I find that there are many things to be learned, and like any art or craft, writing takes practice, but more than that, it helps to have a mentor. So I seek out books like this to help me learn, and to better understand what all goes into writing a book. This book has eleven different aspects of writing fiction that every author should know. F *I received a copy from the author for review. This in no way affects my review* Another great read that I plan to keep close by! As I start writing again, I find that there are many things to be learned, and like any art or craft, writing takes practice, but more than that, it helps to have a mentor. So I seek out books like this to help me learn, and to better understand what all goes into writing a book. This book has eleven different aspects of writing fiction that every author should know. From sensation and emotion, to action, description, and narration, to name a few. All these and more are important in all works of fiction. Seeing them broken down and laid out helped me better realized not only that they are all important, but also when and where each should be used.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    This book began with several concepts I hadn’t really considered in writing before. Without being a book on character development, I felt like the first few chapters helped me to structure characters with more depth. As the book continued, I found it covering concepts that I already know with writing styles. Dialogue, setting, emotions, consistency, passive and active voices, details, summarization, action, and many more “modes” were covered in great detail. Mike Klaassen is very thorough in his This book began with several concepts I hadn’t really considered in writing before. Without being a book on character development, I felt like the first few chapters helped me to structure characters with more depth. As the book continued, I found it covering concepts that I already know with writing styles. Dialogue, setting, emotions, consistency, passive and active voices, details, summarization, action, and many more “modes” were covered in great detail. Mike Klaassen is very thorough in his presentation (a few times to the point of monotony, but overall, I found it to help me solidify the lessons he was teaching well). Even if I knew the concepts by observation, it was good to have them laid out in front of me in a systematic format (and trust me, the formatting of this book is very organized and systematic!). Not a lot was said about actual plot, because this book was about writing styles, not about plot (just mentioning that if anyone is looking for a particular book on plot, this isn’t it). But if you have your plot solidified and are looking for ways to enrich your book as a whole, I recommend this! It’s the type of book I’d like to one day own in paperback for reference. There were a few suggestive scenes and language that I prefer not to use, but overall, I found the author was conscious in how much content he allowed on the pages. Compared to other books on writing that I’ve read, this is one of the milder examples and didn’t have explicit content (so I would rate it PG, not PG-13 if we’re going by a rating system ;) ).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pat Garcia

    It is a book you want to read and have on your bookshelf or your iPad or some other tablet as a study reference. Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life by Mike Klaassen is the summation of the most important steps used in writing. For the beginning writer, it answers questions, which can affect the way you write if you are opened to improving and expanding your skills. For the experienced writer who has already been published, it is a reminder of the proces It is a book you want to read and have on your bookshelf or your iPad or some other tablet as a study reference. Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life by Mike Klaassen is the summation of the most important steps used in writing. For the beginning writer, it answers questions, which can affect the way you write if you are opened to improving and expanding your skills. For the experienced writer who has already been published, it is a reminder of the processes needed to write good fiction when completing our final draft. Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life helps you give your plot proper alignment in the right sequential order; it refines your writer's voice, and it helps you define your world so the reader will hopefully keep turning the pages once he has invested in purchasing what you as a writer have written.. Klaassen thinks it is most beneficial when you read the entire book. For beginners, this is not a bad idea. For the more seasoned writer, selecting the mode needed that pertains to your particular problem is perhaps most feasible. Either way, Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life by Mike Klaassen should be a part of your writer's tools, right next to Strunk's, Element of Style. Shalom aleichem, Pat Garcia

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carla

    Reviewed by Carla Trueheart for Readers' Favorite Whether you’re a beginning writer or a master, there is something for you inside Mike Klaassen’s Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life. The book is expertly formatted and includes just about everything a novice or professional writer might need, broken down into eleven modes. Each chapter opens with a list of forthcoming topics, such as Advancing Plot Through Dialogue: facial expressions, gestures, and movem Reviewed by Carla Trueheart for Readers' Favorite Whether you’re a beginning writer or a master, there is something for you inside Mike Klaassen’s Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life. The book is expertly formatted and includes just about everything a novice or professional writer might need, broken down into eleven modes. Each chapter opens with a list of forthcoming topics, such as Advancing Plot Through Dialogue: facial expressions, gestures, and movement. Other topics addressed include Sensation and Emotion (strong verb use, adverbs and adjectives, character reactions, setting, emotional journey and more), how to use introspection and recollection, how to advance the plot through action, and how to use attributions in dialogue. While the beginning writer will note unfamiliar terms such as exposition, stimulus-response order, scene and sequel, adverbs of attribution, and obtrusive narration, the seasoned writer will hone their skills through reminders of strong verb usage, connotation and denotation, and use of transitions. Because so much is covered in Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life, the book will be a splendid addition to any writer’s library. In addition to providing the eleven writing modes, author Mike Klaassen uses writing examples to illustrate each topic covered in the book. No writing tool is mentioned without a follow-up example so writers get a sense of the ultimate goal. Also, the book covers punctuation, which is something many writing books do not include. Punctuation and grammar are important parts of the writing process, especially during editing and revision. The book concludes with a Glossary of Fiction-Writing Terms, which sums up the terms used in the book. I highly recommend Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life to anyone interested in becoming a writer or polishing their writing skills.

  6. 5 out of 5

    L.D. Alford

    Essential Writing Tools Mike Klaassen has done his writing homework Renown, young adult author Mike Klaassen gives back relevant and new information on fiction writing. In an easy to read and easy to use compendium of eleven writing modes, Mike enumerates the writing modes all authors use, but few have really thought about. He wades through a very difficult subject with unusual clarity in a valuable outline style. He puts together and defines the modes of sensation, emotion, introspection, recoll Essential Writing Tools Mike Klaassen has done his writing homework Renown, young adult author Mike Klaassen gives back relevant and new information on fiction writing. In an easy to read and easy to use compendium of eleven writing modes, Mike enumerates the writing modes all authors use, but few have really thought about. He wades through a very difficult subject with unusual clarity in a valuable outline style. He puts together and defines the modes of sensation, emotion, introspection, recollection, action, summarization, conversation, narration, description, exposition, and transition. He provides many excellent examples of each. As a skilled and published novel writer himself, Mike is well able to offer advice as well as easy to understand explanations of the writing modes. This work is a necessary part of every author’s bookshelf, but it especially lends itself to the new writer who wants to significantly improve his or her fiction writing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gerd

    * Received a free copy of this book via Story Cartel * Fiction Writing Modes is a succintcly written guide offering examples for every style and format talked about, which makes it easy to see what the author meant to convey and letting you decide which style would suit your personal writing goal best. The chapters are structured in a logical way so that you can read through from start to end or just go in and pick whichever interests you right at a given time. It's offering helpful insights into * Received a free copy of this book via Story Cartel * Fiction Writing Modes is a succintcly written guide offering examples for every style and format talked about, which makes it easy to see what the author meant to convey and letting you decide which style would suit your personal writing goal best. The chapters are structured in a logical way so that you can read through from start to end or just go in and pick whichever interests you right at a given time. It's offering helpful insights into crafting a story for both writers and readers.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I am in the process of submitting a manuscript for a Creative Writing summer program, and I found this to be extremely useful. With quick, helpful hints on a wide range of topic, from punctuation to believable, enthusiastic dialogue, the book gave clever insights and very basic dos and donts of the craft. It also included a multitude of examples, which helped me understand the topics better. It was written clearly and was very useful. I recieved this book from Goodreads Giveaways

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elianna

    Most of the times, books like these, provide tricks and not real techniques to improve your writing. I am glad that I came across a book that falls into the second category. After finishing this book which I read pretty fast, I think that I have learned many valuable things.

  10. 4 out of 5

    E.

    “Fiction Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life” by Mike Klaassen provides an excellent overview of the elements needed to write a cohesive story. Because it includes an extensive index and table of contents, one can look up a particular topic and read a definition and examples, as well as consult the reference works that are cited in footnotes and in the bibliography. I suspect one could use this book to teach either oneself or a classroom of aspiring authors abou “Fiction Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life” by Mike Klaassen provides an excellent overview of the elements needed to write a cohesive story. Because it includes an extensive index and table of contents, one can look up a particular topic and read a definition and examples, as well as consult the reference works that are cited in footnotes and in the bibliography. I suspect one could use this book to teach either oneself or a classroom of aspiring authors about the basic elements needed for writing. I admit that I was initially concerned that this book was going to be a compilation of citations from other books on writing, a book full of reference to other analyses on writing. As the book moved from a description of frameworks and the basic principle behind a work of fiction, the author listed clear definitions and explained how they applied to writing. Each subsequent chapter explores the different styles of writing and how they should be best used for the maximum effect. There is a recap at the end of every chapter that summarizes the information presented. I think this is a great reference tool, whether you are an aspiring writer or in search of information to polish your style. The information is practical and the citations are excellent for pursuing more detail about various aspects of crafting a story. This isn’t a book that can be absorbed in a single sitting, and I think one would benefit most by perusing a chapter or two at a time, but it will definitely be added to my reference recommendations for authors. A copy of this title was provided to me for review

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie M

    Mike does not leave a stone unturned with this reference book targeted for aspiring fiction writers.  This is a book however, is not only great for aspiring writers, current writers, and students, but is a great tool for editors, proofreaders, professors, tutors, and those who want to learn English rules. The great thing about this book is that you don't have to read it front to back; you have the choice to read each chapter independently as needed, but is best if read in its entirety and then r Mike does not leave a stone unturned with this reference book targeted for aspiring fiction writers.  This is a book however, is not only great for aspiring writers, current writers, and students, but is a great tool for editors, proofreaders, professors, tutors, and those who want to learn English rules. The great thing about this book is that you don't have to read it front to back; you have the choice to read each chapter independently as needed, but is best if read in its entirety and then referenced.  This is a book that I will consistently reference as I pursue my goal to write a novel of my own. *A copy of this book was provided to me for review purposes only, all opinions expressed are my own*

  12. 5 out of 5

    KnottyGirl Reviews

    As a writer soon to be writing my first full-length book and a blogger, I found Mr. Klaassen’s educational book on Fiction writing modes to be helpful and informative. This is a great guide to have on hand while writing a fiction story, be it romance, mystery, or sci-fi. There were some parts of the book I was well aware of, so I really didn’t need to pay as much attention, but then there were chapters such as Conversation and Dialogue to increase Conflict that were extremely helpful. A good boo As a writer soon to be writing my first full-length book and a blogger, I found Mr. Klaassen’s educational book on Fiction writing modes to be helpful and informative. This is a great guide to have on hand while writing a fiction story, be it romance, mystery, or sci-fi. There were some parts of the book I was well aware of, so I really didn’t need to pay as much attention, but then there were chapters such as Conversation and Dialogue to increase Conflict that were extremely helpful. A good book to have for both aspiring writers and seasoned authors.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Holcomb

    Full disclosure: I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. Writing is something I've always wanted to do, have taken a few turns with and had some poems published, but nothing beyond that. I was exited to receive this book and give some of it's advice a turn. Found out, that I don't especially enjoy writing all that much, even if I'm good at it. You have to have a passion for something to truly make it work. That said, at least this book left me with that feeling, so I do feel it helped. Full disclosure: I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. Writing is something I've always wanted to do, have taken a few turns with and had some poems published, but nothing beyond that. I was exited to receive this book and give some of it's advice a turn. Found out, that I don't especially enjoy writing all that much, even if I'm good at it. You have to have a passion for something to truly make it work. That said, at least this book left me with that feeling, so I do feel it helped.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    OK. Nothing new really, but I suppose it would be especially helpful for someone who hasn't had much instruction on writing. I found the repetition and bullet points a bit pedantic but the author does a good job giving examples and writing in an easily understood manner. *Full disclosure--I won a copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway* OK. Nothing new really, but I suppose it would be especially helpful for someone who hasn't had much instruction on writing. I found the repetition and bullet points a bit pedantic but the author does a good job giving examples and writing in an easily understood manner. *Full disclosure--I won a copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway*

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Cahhal

    One for the writers toolkit Great book to define and make sense of all these writing mode. Most writers touch upon them in one way or another in their books, but Mike Klaassen does a great job bringing them all together under one resource and organized in a logical way. A must have!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jackson Tejada

    Great reference book! Definitely one I would like to add to my reference shelf. I've read books which described some of these modes, but this may be one of the most comprehensive breakdowns of the tools a fiction writer can use. Great reference book! Definitely one I would like to add to my reference shelf. I've read books which described some of these modes, but this may be one of the most comprehensive breakdowns of the tools a fiction writer can use.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stan

    I found the book helpful and informative. The author approaches writing in different modes since this is a different approach than most books it takes sometime to adjust to thinking in modes. Ultimately it is the same matrial presented in a different form.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Libby Stott

    Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life, by Mike Klaassen Mike Klaassen’s ambitious book has a wealth of information, examples, advice, and ideas; it also has an encouraging, heartfelt tone. But it needed another revision to make it reader-friendly: The book has significant problems with organization and clarity. Granted, Klaassen has undertaken a daunting task in trying to identify, define, illustrate, and differentiate these modes; he also takes on which mod Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life, by Mike Klaassen Mike Klaassen’s ambitious book has a wealth of information, examples, advice, and ideas; it also has an encouraging, heartfelt tone. But it needed another revision to make it reader-friendly: The book has significant problems with organization and clarity. Granted, Klaassen has undertaken a daunting task in trying to identify, define, illustrate, and differentiate these modes; he also takes on which mode to use, when. Much in this book is insightful, creative, and helpful to the writer of fiction. But it needs to be easier to take in. For example, the book’s front matter is a little wordy, wandering, and repetitious. Klaassen needs to name and define his eleven modes more quickly (especially since he focuses on immediate, to-the-point fiction). These modes are “sensation,” “emotion,” “introspection,” “recollection,” “action,” “summarization,” “dialogue,” “narration,” “description,” “exposition,” and “transition.” The Preface should be tightened, and the “Note to Reader” about the evolution of modes should be placed in an appendix. Also, when Klaassen first discusses modes, he moves from those more familiar to those less familiar. But when he defines the modes, he uses a different order. This is confusing. Plus, wouldn’t it make more sense to begin with modes that readers are familiar with and then move on to less-familiar modes? The book’s organizing principles and terminology suffer from fuzziness and overlap. Other than front and back matter, the book is divided into four parts for the eleven modes and a fifth section for combining and expanding the modes. The first four parts are labeled “Interiority,” “Activity,” “Dialogue,” and “Exteriority.” A more natural division, using the organizing principle of space, would have only two main sections: “Interiority” and “Exteriority” (with “Activity” and “Dialogue” both under “Exteriority”). And does it really make sense to put “physical reaction” (part of the “sensation” mode) under “Interiority,” as Klaassen does? The chapter structure of the book is also confusing. Klaassen says that he gives one chapter to each of the eleven modes, but there are actually nineteen chapters. This is because he gives the mode “Dialogue” several chapters, not one, and because the last chapter goes beyond the modes. Even on the sentence level, the book presents organizational problems and tautologies. Klaassen states, “Exposition may be delivered through three methods: narrative exposition, characters, or expository devices” [emphasis mine]. A rewording would help: “Exposition may be delivered through narration, characters, and devices,” or something like that. Now on to content, where things improve markedly. Each of the chapters on these modes shows thought and energy. Throughout the book, the content is useful, whether Klaassen is referencing others’ work or giving his own insights and examples. I am particularly grateful to have the examples. Klaassen also discusses creative ways to make novels more “real” for the reader. His advice would help writers become more conscious about what works and what doesn’t. And I found his chapter on “transition” especially interesting, as I hadn’t really thought much about this element before. The glossary is useful, too; and the “Note to Readers” might make an interesting appendix, discussing as it does different approaches that others have taken in their analyses of fiction. I am glad that I have a copy of this book, and I anticipate using it as I write. Klaassen writes that it is “most beneficial” to read this book straight through. However, unless he improves the book’s organization, Fiction-Writing Modes would best be used as a reference or troubleshooting book, or perhaps broken into eleven smaller booklets (one on each mode). As it is, the reader has to access the wonderful contents in spite of the current organization, and that can be frustrating. I got a free advance copy of this book(ebook) in exchange for my honest review. Libby Stott, author of "Dancing with a Baptist"

  19. 5 out of 5

    Venky Iyer

    This is a review of the book Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential tools for Bringing your Story to Life by Mike Klaassen. I did not buy this book; I received a review copy from Story Cartel. Apart from my understanding with Story Cartel that I am expected to read and review the book in exchange for getting it free, I do not have any other understanding of any nature whatsoever with Story Cartel, the author of the book, the publisher of the book or any other entity with any connection to the b This is a review of the book Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential tools for Bringing your Story to Life by Mike Klaassen. I did not buy this book; I received a review copy from Story Cartel. Apart from my understanding with Story Cartel that I am expected to read and review the book in exchange for getting it free, I do not have any other understanding of any nature whatsoever with Story Cartel, the author of the book, the publisher of the book or any other entity with any connection to the book. The book, as its title suggests, is all about the approaches—the modes—you as an author can take to writing your book. I must confess, I never thought there would be eleven ways to approach the writing of your book. When you read the list of all eleven, you find that you knew about so many of them, even if you did not recognize them, categorize them or write about them as the author has done in the book. You just had them somewhere in the depths of your mind, guiding you when you sat down to write without your knowing it. Thus (and very obviously), it is the things you learn that you didn’t know that make the book worth the first read. And a repeat (I have started). Maybe two (I probably will, after a suitable gap). Here’s an example of something I learned from this book: DON’T italicize introspection, passages reflecting unspoken thoughts. I am not sure if this is common knowledge among authors, but it certainly wasn’t with me. This bit of information has had me scrambling through the pages of my work in progress the last couple of days. Here’s another instance: You don’t use an attribute with the word asked or queried when writing dialogue consisting of questions. You let the content of the preceding lines make it obvious to the reader who has done the asking, or you use other techniques. Here, too, it is back to the drawing board for me. I could give you other examples—my copy of the book is full of highlighted text, but that would make for a much longer review than necessary. On the minus side, I came across a lot of content that I felt was unnecessary, things that any greenhorn writer who is serious about his or writing would know. May be I am wrong, I don’t know. Let me just conclude by saying this: you will gain by buying this book. You will find something you didn’t know, you will find something that answers a question that has been bugging you.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Insightful handbook, a writer’s toolbox Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life, written by Mike Klaassen, approaches writing not like an art but like a craft. Here lies its particularity and value. This handbook is an artisan’s tool-box, where every writer can find practical insight to enhance his/her writing. The Note to Readers at the beginning broadened my views on writing modes, adding to the general four (narration, description, dialogue and expositio Insightful handbook, a writer’s toolbox Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life, written by Mike Klaassen, approaches writing not like an art but like a craft. Here lies its particularity and value. This handbook is an artisan’s tool-box, where every writer can find practical insight to enhance his/her writing. The Note to Readers at the beginning broadened my views on writing modes, adding to the general four (narration, description, dialogue and exposition) other forms that boost the intimacy and immediacy of the writing (sensation, emotion, introspection, recollection, transition, action and summarization). Although the latter concepts are well known strategies, shifting perspective to see them as standalone modes of fiction, brings them at the forefront of the writing process. What the book does best is that it provides the screws that tighten flimsy writing. But no handbook can do magic; it’s in the actual use of the tools and continuous practice that a writer can bring his/her story to life. Each chapter tackles a specific aspect of fiction writing modes through clear explanations and vivid examples. The author defines concepts and breaks down the outcome into specific action-steps that lead the writer throughout the process of giving life to words. By doing so, Klaassen followed his own advice of “showing” instead of “telling.” At the end of each chapter, a list distills the content into ideas to retain. Although those filtered pieces of information are extremely useful and fast to grab, they could gain in precision by better portraying what was so delightfully explained. Avoiding some repetitions could have lightened the handbook. Also, I expected to read about the general four modes of fiction first, before moving to the additional forms that modify the flow of the writing. This could’ve avoided some of the repetitions. Overall, I am glad to have received this book in exchange for an honest review. I would say that this guide should be strongly recommended for any writer seeking effective ways to enhance his/her craft and better understand the underlying mechanisms of his/her art.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joyce McPherson

    “Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential tools for Bringing your Story to Life” by Mike Klaassen is an excellent resource for writers. I was delighted to receive a review copy in exchange for an honest review because books on writing are my hobby. I wish I had this book during my MFA! It provides a clear exposition of eleven modes—several of which are sub-sets of recognized modes. The process of breaking these modes into smaller sub-modes (my definition of Klaassen’s method) clarifies the purpos “Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential tools for Bringing your Story to Life” by Mike Klaassen is an excellent resource for writers. I was delighted to receive a review copy in exchange for an honest review because books on writing are my hobby. I wish I had this book during my MFA! It provides a clear exposition of eleven modes—several of which are sub-sets of recognized modes. The process of breaking these modes into smaller sub-modes (my definition of Klaassen’s method) clarifies the purpose and construction of these modes in a helpful way. Klaassen identifies these eleven modes: sensation, emotion, introspection, recollection, action, summarization, dialogue, narration, description, exposition, transition. Interested, yet? Another strength of the book is that Klaassen references with footnotes dozens of the best books on writing, which could lead to further useful studies. The amalgamation of so much writing knowledge makes this a valuable resource for authors, whether beginners or experienced. I would suggest reading slowly and stopping when you reach an intriguing idea. Try a writing exercise or edit a few pages of a manuscript to apply the concept. You will be surprised how rapidly your style sharpens! “Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential tools for Bringing your Story to Life” by Mike Klaassen is a delightful compendium of writing knowledge that may change the way you write.

  22. 4 out of 5

    C.E. Hart

    Fiction-Writing Modes, by Mike Klaassen, prompted me to rethink how I write. I have many helpful writing books on my shelf, but this one is unique. It not only reveals eleven tools for bringing my stories to life, but also actually caused me to rethink how they are structured. The tips the author provides are practical and beneficial. Yes, I found some things repetitious of other technique books, but what I learned outweighed what I already knew. The eleven modes (or as I like to call them, expres Fiction-Writing Modes, by Mike Klaassen, prompted me to rethink how I write. I have many helpful writing books on my shelf, but this one is unique. It not only reveals eleven tools for bringing my stories to life, but also actually caused me to rethink how they are structured. The tips the author provides are practical and beneficial. Yes, I found some things repetitious of other technique books, but what I learned outweighed what I already knew. The eleven modes (or as I like to call them, expressions) of fiction writing are: Sensation, Emotion, Introspection, Recollection, Action, Summarization, Conversation, Narration, Description, Exposition, and Transition. I gained something from each section, but found the Transition and Conversation devices and advice most advantageous. From using the five senses, to the glossary of fiction writing terms, this book is chockfull of stimulating, effective, and respected techniques and treasures. It’s a great go-to guide for any writer. The organization allows you to find just what you need, and the wording is easy to follow. I have the ebook, but highly recommend the paperback. I prefer flipping to particular modes or highlighted texts more easily. Either way, the information is sure to influence and benefit the way you write fiction. Cover: Okay Title: Like it Publisher: BookBaby Pages: 234 ISBN: 978-1682221006 I received an Advance Reader Review Copy from StoryCartel.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This book identifies eleven different modes in which one can write fiction. The modes are aspects of a story such as action, dialogue, and description. The author begins with modes that bring the reader into the mind of a character. These are sensation, emotion, introspection, and recollection. He moves one to the action modes--action (which portrays the action in detail) and summarization. The next section has several chapters on dialogue, including using dialogue to advance the plot, and attri This book identifies eleven different modes in which one can write fiction. The modes are aspects of a story such as action, dialogue, and description. The author begins with modes that bring the reader into the mind of a character. These are sensation, emotion, introspection, and recollection. He moves one to the action modes--action (which portrays the action in detail) and summarization. The next section has several chapters on dialogue, including using dialogue to advance the plot, and attributions (telling the reader who said what). The final section is about the story's external world, covering narration, exposition, description, and transitions from one part of the story to another. The author provides through, detailed explanations, and every chapter ends with summaries of the main points. Some readers will find this helpful, others may find it a bit much. The section on dialogue is especially helpful, as it answers many tricky questions about attributing and formatting dialogue. Readers should be aware that there are a couple instances of bad language. Full disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book through StoryCartel.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lonzine

    If Mike Klassen was teaching this at a writer's conference, I'd sign up for the track. Normally I write reviews about books that I have completed. Fiction-Writing Modes is not a quick read, this is a steady absorption of how to craft fiction. I am at the beginning of my fiction writing journey, however I believe I will improve much as I work my way through this book. Hey, maybe I will have learned how to navigate through Scrivener by the time I finish. :) Did you know there were 11 fiction-writin If Mike Klassen was teaching this at a writer's conference, I'd sign up for the track. Normally I write reviews about books that I have completed. Fiction-Writing Modes is not a quick read, this is a steady absorption of how to craft fiction. I am at the beginning of my fiction writing journey, however I believe I will improve much as I work my way through this book. Hey, maybe I will have learned how to navigate through Scrivener by the time I finish. :) Did you know there were 11 fiction-writing modes? I do now, but don't test me on what they are. Yet. Since I have a PDF copy, my purple highlighter isn't going to get a great workout. But that's okay, this one is worth writing out my notes. To sum it up: I'm so glad I have this book, it is a definite keeper. I obtained my [first] e-copy through Story Cartel. The paperback version that I buy through my bookseller will not retain its new book look or smell. I guarantee it will be marked up. If you're serious about writing fiction, buy the book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    With this book Klaassen offers a unique perspective on the art of writing fiction. Much of his information is new and different from other “How to Write” books, making this particular guide a useful piece in my writing arsenal. Klaassen provides specific instruction on how best to utilize elements like sensation, conversation, and summarization in ways writers may not have previously considered, and I really appreciated that he provided plenty of examples for each of his points. I did find the b With this book Klaassen offers a unique perspective on the art of writing fiction. Much of his information is new and different from other “How to Write” books, making this particular guide a useful piece in my writing arsenal. Klaassen provides specific instruction on how best to utilize elements like sensation, conversation, and summarization in ways writers may not have previously considered, and I really appreciated that he provided plenty of examples for each of his points. I did find the book a bit dry at times, and some of the examples Klaassen provided felt a bit overwritten, but overall this book introduced me to new perspectives and tips on the art of writing. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anonymous

    No one can have too many books on writing fiction. This book walks you through the basics for writing and tackling the writing “modes”. If you’re someone who’s new to writing, it’s great to help you from falling into the standard writing traps, like clichés and overusing words. Even if you’re someone who understands how to write, it’s still good to have on hand. I feel, like many other reviewers, the best way to approach it is to just troubleshoot through and read what you need to work on. The b No one can have too many books on writing fiction. This book walks you through the basics for writing and tackling the writing “modes”. If you’re someone who’s new to writing, it’s great to help you from falling into the standard writing traps, like clichés and overusing words. Even if you’re someone who understands how to write, it’s still good to have on hand. I feel, like many other reviewers, the best way to approach it is to just troubleshoot through and read what you need to work on. The book is far too complicated, and simply overbearing to read from cover to cover. It’s not just for fiction, though, anyone can use these techniques for writing essays, nonfiction, just about any piece of writing is applicable here. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    P Dreadful

    Received a free copy of this book via Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review This book gives sound advice to budding authors. I found it to be quite helpful. But, the author could have explained a bit more about ADVERBS and their usage. I tend to use adverbs a lot, and I know it's "lazy writing" but how do I make it descriptive without using adverbs? I wish the author had explained that in his book. Received a free copy of this book via Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review This book gives sound advice to budding authors. I found it to be quite helpful. But, the author could have explained a bit more about ADVERBS and their usage. I tend to use adverbs a lot, and I know it's "lazy writing" but how do I make it descriptive without using adverbs? I wish the author had explained that in his book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    James Fant

    Novel writing is similar to baking a cake. You start off with an idea of what you're going to make and at the end, if you've done your job, you wind up with something pretty sweet. But it's the middle to me that bears the greatest similarity. It's all about the ingredients. First off, the right ingredients, because the cake will never be a cake without them. And second, using the ingredients in the proper amounts. This leads us to FICTION WRITING MODES by Mike Klaassen. Not only has Mike assembl Novel writing is similar to baking a cake. You start off with an idea of what you're going to make and at the end, if you've done your job, you wind up with something pretty sweet. But it's the middle to me that bears the greatest similarity. It's all about the ingredients. First off, the right ingredients, because the cake will never be a cake without them. And second, using the ingredients in the proper amounts. This leads us to FICTION WRITING MODES by Mike Klaassen. Not only has Mike assembled the ingredients for a novel, he's shown us how to use each effectively to create a killer story. PROS: Off the bat, Mike lays out what sets his book apart from other books on fiction writing. This in itself is helpful because as a writer, you have to be able to describe what sets your work apart. It doesn't have to be this huge thing either. Just a fine tweaking that distinguishes you from the rest of the pack. The Ingredients! Or if you're not big on cake (can you believe that some people don't like cake?) you can think of the fiction modes as tools. Think of building a ‘67 Ford Mustang. You'll need tools to do it. Well, in building our Mustang of a novel, one that changes gears smoothly and just flows and flies off book shelves, we will need the tools and material to do the job right. Mike assembles those tools and materials for us. He's assembled those tools in an easy to find outline style. One of the things I love about this book is that each chapter has headings and hyperlinkable (is that a word?) Yes, hyperlinkable subjects. Take for instance the fiction mode of Sensation. Well there is a hyperlink for that Mode that will take you directly to it. So after you've read through the book, you can go back and use it as a handy desk reference. I loved his section on FRUSTRATION and its role in Plot. I won't go into detail here because I'd like you to read about it in the book. But I will say that if you follow this one piece of advice alone, you'll go far. Just imagine if you follow them all. CONS (And there weren't many): I think Mike spent too much time in the beginning talking about how he developed his modes. That could've been placed in the appendix or referenced in a separate article or blog post. In keeping with that first con, while he explained to us the superiority of his modes, he kept referencing the inferior modes. Yes, I know one needs a point of reference. But when referring to that point, it's best to downplay it. Perhaps mention the inferior once and the superior ten times. Overall, FICTION WRITING MODES is a well written, thorough, tool for writers at any stage. Whether starting out or fine tuning skill, this book is an awesome desk reference. I give the book four out of five stars!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael Edwards

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris

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