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The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction; 6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!
From the Introduction by R. A. Salvatore:“There weren’t many fantasy books on the shelves in 1982 and I had read all I could find and wanted more, even one of my own. What I didn’t realize then--in fact, what took me many years to come to appreciat--was that writing in this wonderful genre would become for me a lifelong journey of personal exploration and revelation.”Science fiction and fantasy is one of the most challenging--and rewarding!--genres in the bookstore. But with New York Times bestselling author Philip Athans and fantasy giant R. A. Salvatore at your side, you’ll create worlds that draw your readers in--and keep them reading! Just as important, you’ll learn how to prepare your work for today’s market. Drawing on his years of experience as one of the most acclaimed professionals in publishing, Wizards of the Coast editor Athans explains how to set your novel apart--and break into this lucrative field. From devising clever plots and building complex characters to inventing original technologies and crafting alien civilizations, Athans gives you the techniques you need to write strong, saleable narratives. Plus! Athans applies all of these critical lessons together in an unprecedented deconstruction of a never-before-published tale by the one and only R. A. Salvatore!There are books on writing science fiction and fantasy, and then there’s this book--the only one you need to create strange, wonderful worlds for your own universe of readers!read more
Philip Athans is the New York Times best-selling author of Annihilation and more than a dozen other books, including The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction. He teaches creative writing, appears at numerous conferences and conventions, and is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, and publishing consultant (www.athansassociates.com). His blog, Fantasy Author's Handbook, is updated every Tuesday, and you can follow him on Twitter @PhilAthans.read more
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According to the Writing Guide, the six steps to writing within the genre are: 1. Storytelling, 2. Characters, 3. The World, 4. Details, 5. Nuts and Bolts, and 6. Finishing Touches. Within each of the six steps, Athans provides professional advice and direct quotes from seasoned novelists in the genre. Everything that was mentioned on the dos and don’ts has been extremely helpful. I would recommend this reference book to anyone that is looking to “break into” the writing industry, or just looking to pass the time with some creative writing. This handy-dandy reference book is absolutely fabulous!read more
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