Welcome to Wonderbook‘s Web Extras. Hopefully you’re visiting while you read Wonderbook to check out the extras promised via Webinator web icon in the book, divided up by chapter. If you haven’t read Wonderbook, you should know that this section is not meant to provide a comprehensive look at creative writing topics but to provide supplementary material. This is especially true of the Appendix extras, which generally provides a “key” to exercises set out in the book.
Two Major New Features
For the revised Wonderbook, we’ve added two robust features based on the environmental storytelling section of the Appendix: White Deer Terroir Project examples and Seneca Depot Postcard Project by biologist and HWS professor Meghan Brown and The Ecology of Storytelling by Kate Schapira.
Later this year we’ll build a complete page of outside resources on any number of writing topics. In the meantime, to enhance and supplement information in the book about diversity and writing the other, writer and teacher K. Tempest Bradford kindly provided these useful links: Nisi Shawl’s essay “Representing My Equals,” Bradford’s “Representation Matters,” and the resources section of the Writing the Other website. Bradford has also created a Google+ community called The Picture Game, which provides a daily writing exercise.
A few Wonderbook pages were retired for the new, revised edition. But you can still find those pages here.
General Bonus Features
In addition to the web extras indicated by icon in the book, here are a few bonus features:
Features by chapter
Chapter 1: Inspiration & the Creative Life
Chapter 2: The Ecosystem of Story
Chapter 3: Beginnings and Endings
Chapter 4: Narrative Design
- Types of Story: Shapes to be Wary Of
- More Examples of Scene, Half-Scene, Summary
- More Intercutting Examples: Adichie’s Americanah
Chapter 5: Characterization
Chapter 6: Worldbuilding
Chapter 7: Revision
- More Discussion of Drafting Strategies
- Testing Examples
- Other Writers’ Weaknesses
- Sample Novel Excerpt with Line Edits
Note: All discussion sections below except The Exercise Room link contain spoilers, in that it is important to do the exercises listed in the book before reading the discussion pages below, which will otherwise affect how you complete the exercise.