Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Nonfiction Book Review: Creating Stories by Hank Quense

This week, I have a couple of self help books for authors in our book review spotlight. Today, I have Creating Stories by Hank Quense.  Check out this nonfiction guide for fiction writers, learn about the author, read my thoughts on the book & enter the book tour giveaway at the end of this post. Tomorrow, I will be sharing my thoughts on Hank Quense's Self-Publish a Book in 10 Steps!

Book Title:  Creating Stories by Hank Quense
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 106 pages
GenreSelf Help, ​
Publisher:  Strange Worlds Publishing
Release date:  April 1, 2017
Content Rating:  G 

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About the Book

Do you have a story in you?

Do you know how to write it or how to tell it? Creating Stories has the answers. Hank Quense, the author of more than twenty books, tells you how to do it. He believes that stories come from the melding of three elements: getting ideas, story design and story-telling. Ideas have to come from the author. Creating Stories covers the last two. The book concentrates on developing characters including such rarely discussed requirements such as a dominant reader emotion and the character's biography. Plots are also covered in depth and a number of graphics are included to illustrate complex points. Another topic discusses subplots and how to utilize them and how to nest them within the main plot. A separate chapter discusses the relationship between the plot and the emotional arcs. Other topics covered are: character arcs, scene design, point-of-view, writing voice.
My Review

The Author Maps Out Creating Stories in a Very Useful, Well Organized Manner. This writing guide is packed with helpful information for fiction writers. While the material is more suited to new writers- or those still developing their writing voices and crafts- there are pieces within each section that could certainly serve to re-focus writers still seeking improvement tips and guidance. The author is very systematic and structured in his story creation style. Just as he offers tips and suggestions to readers, he provides examples and insights into his own writing processes, character, and story development. This book could be read section by section--but it will also prove helpful to use as a resource or reference guide while working through the writing of a fictional piece.  


Readers will Find an Easy to Understand Guide for Fiction Writing. I have taken creative writing courses and workshops in the past. This book really covers so many elements of the creative fiction writing process in such an easy-to-read, easy-to-apply method that it is a very valuable resource to writers. The examples and suggestions provided by the author come from experiences and time-developed insights. While educational, this book is also engaging and well-designed for readers to both enjoy and employ in their writing works.


Would I Recommend Creating Stories by Hank Quense? Anyone can tell a story. Not everyone can successfully engage a reader with a fictional story from start to finish. The elements taught by Quense in this self-help book offer authors much to consider as they bring their story from idea to written fruition. The format of this novel is handy to new writers, but plenty of experienced self-published writers could also benefit from the structured methods this author suggests. If you are interested in fiction writing, this book is one that you could reference repeatedly as you develop your voice and storytelling style.


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After Creating Your Story:

Book Title:  Self-Publish a Book in 10 Steps: And Market It by Hank Quense
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 88 pages
GenreSelf Help ​
Publisher:  Strange Worlds Publishing
Release date:  Dec 1, 2021
Content Rating:  G 

About the Book

Self-publishing a book is difficult.

This book simplifies it by breaking down a self-publishing and marketing project into 10 steps. This step-by-step process will get your book published and initiate the pre-launch marketing.

Hank Quense has written and self-published over twenty books, both fiction and non-fiction. He is the author of the Author Blueprint Series of books. The Series concentrates on providing valuable guidance on fiction writing, self-publishing and book marketing. Self-publish a Book in 10 Steps is Book 6 in the series.

The book details such vital tasks as developing a compelling book description, building an author platform and getting book reviews to list a few.

Learn the ten-step process that will self-publish and market your book!

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Meet the Author

Hank Quense has self-published his books for over 12 years. His non-fiction books cover fiction writing (Creating Stories), self-publishing (How to Self-publish and Market a Book, Self-publish a Book in 10 Steps), marketing (Book Marketing Fundamentals) and author business (Business Basics for Authors).

He also lectures on these subjects in schools, libraries and on webinars.

Hank recently started https://hankquense.podia.com/ The site provides solutions to pain points (problems) for fiction writers, self-publishing authors and authors who are trying to market their books.

Connect with the Author: Website X ~ Facebook Pinterest YouTube ~ BookBub ~ Goodreads

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