Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fiction-Writing Modes by Mike Klaassen (review)

Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools For Bringing Your Story To Life

By Mike Klaassen

Publisher: Bookbaby
Publication Date: Oct ober 3, 2015
Genre: Nonfiction/Reference/Writing Skills


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!


Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Toolsfor Bringing Your Story to Life is the most comprehensive and concise resource available anywhere regarding fiction-writing modes and the mechanics of presenting them. A mode is a particular manner of doing or expressing something. Eleven different modes comprise all written fiction. Most books about the craft of writing fiction explain a few fiction-writing modes, but none addresses or even identifies all eleven.

"Fiction-Writing Modes" offers beginning writers an invaluable foundation from which to build skills. This book can help experienced authors reach new levels of success. A better understanding of fiction-writing modes can help any writer understand why some writing works and why some does not.

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Author Bio:

Mike Klaassen is the author of "Backlash: A War of 1812 Novel," two young-adult novels ("Cracks" and "The Brute"), and Klaassen's Classic Folktales, a series of fairytales retold as novellas: "Hansel and Gretel" and "The Frog Prince."

Mike has also written two nonfiction books: "Scenes and Sequels: How to Write Page-Turning Fiction" and "Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life." He publishes For "Fiction Writers," a free monthly ezine about the craft of writing fiction. For more, visit


My review:

4.5 out of 5 stars

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

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