Monday 26 August 2019

Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

I just finished reading Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: Speculative Genre Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers.

The fifth volume in the acclaimed Now Write! writing-guide series offers a full toolbox of advice and exercises for speculative fiction writers hoping to craft an engaging alternate reality, flesh out an enthralling fantasy quest, or dream up a bloodcurdling plot twist, including: 

 -Harlan Ellison (R), on crafting the perfect story title 
 -Jack Ketchum, on how economy of language helps create a truly frightening tale 
-Piers Anthony, on making fantastical characters feel genuine and relatable 

 Among the other writers included are: Steven Barnes, Peter Briggs, David Brin, Sara B. Cooper, Brian James Freeman, Joe R. Lansdale, Bruce McAllister, Vonda N. McIntyre, William F. Nolan, Michael Reaves, Melissa Scott, Michael Dillon Scott, Vanessa Vaughn and others. This collection of storytelling secrets from top genre writers—including winners of Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Bram Stoker awards—is essential for any writer looking to take a leap beyond the ordinary.

I want to venture into sci-fi writing and figured this would help show me the way. What I discovered was this book gave me many tips and things to think about, not only for writing Science Fiction but really, for all genres of writing. When I first picked up the book I figured I would be skipping over the horror and fantasy sections but found excellent advice from those writers too.

Each writers piece is only a few pages long, so allows for a multitude of writers and advice from every angle, character building, creating suspense and surprise, mood, relationships between characters, creating tension and so much more.

I learned from it.

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