Filename: wonderbook.pdf
ISBN: 1419704427
Release Date: 2013-10-15
Number of pages: 352
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

Download and read online Wonderbook in PDF and EPUB This visual guide to writing creative and compelling fiction includes interesting and inspiring artwork as well as motivational tools and essays from today's top fantasy writers, including George R. R. Martin and Neil Gaiman, to help all aspiring authors.


Filename: wonderbook.pdf
ISBN: 1613124635
Release Date: 2013-06-01
Number of pages: 272
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: Abrams Image

Download and read online Wonderbook in PDF and EPUB

The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

Filename: the-guide-to-writing-fantasy-and-science-fiction.pdf
ISBN: 9781440507298
Release Date: 2010-06-18
Number of pages: 256
Author: Philip Athans
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Download and read online The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction in PDF and EPUB 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!

The Fantasy Fiction Formula

Filename: the-fantasy-fiction-formula.pdf
ISBN: 9781784996055
Release Date: 2016-01-01
Number of pages:
Author: Deborah Chester
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Download and read online The Fantasy Fiction Formula in PDF and EPUB There's more to writing a successful fantasy story than building a unique world or inventing new magic. How exactly is a plot put together? How do you know if your idea will support an entire novel? How do you grab reader attention and keep it? How do you create dynamic, multi-dimensional characters? What is viewpoint and do you handle it differently in urban fantasy than in traditional epics? What should you do if you're lost in the middle? How do you make your plot end up where you intend it to go? From the writing of strong, action-packed scenes to the handling of emotions, let award-winning fantasy author Deborah Chester guide you through the process of putting a book together. Convinced there's no need to shroud the writing process under a veil of mystery, Chester supplies tips that are both practical and proven. They are exactly what she uses in writing her own novels and what she teaches in her writing courses at the University of Oklahoma. Along with explaining story construction step-by-step, Chester illustrates each technique with examples drawn from both traditional and urban fantasy. The technique chapters include exercises to assist novices in mastering the craft of writing fantasy as well as suggestions for avoiding or solving plot problems. More experienced writers will find tips for taking their work to the next level. With an introduction by author Jim Butcher, The fantasy fiction formula provides the information you need to gain skill and proficiency in writing fantasy like a pro.

How to Write Science Fiction Fantasy

Filename: how-to-write-science-fiction-fantasy.pdf
ISBN: 158297103X
Release Date: 2001-09-15
Number of pages: 140
Author: Orson Scott Card
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

Download and read online How to Write Science Fiction Fantasy in PDF and EPUB Offers tips and advice on writing science fiction, discussing the rules of fiction, and how to structure a successful story.

Building Imaginary Worlds

Filename: building-imaginary-worlds.pdf
ISBN: 9781136220807
Release Date: 2014-03-14
Number of pages: 408
Author: Mark J.P. Wolf
Publisher: Routledge

Download and read online Building Imaginary Worlds in PDF and EPUB Mark J.P. Wolf’s study of imaginary worlds theorizes world-building within and across media, including literature, comics, film, radio, television, board games, video games, the Internet, and more. Building Imaginary Worlds departs from prior approaches to imaginary worlds that focused mainly on narrative, medium, or genre, and instead considers imaginary worlds as dynamic entities in and of themselves. Wolf argues that imaginary worlds—which are often transnarrative, transmedial, and transauthorial in nature—are compelling objects of inquiry for Media Studies. Chapters touch on: a theoretical analysis of how world-building extends beyond storytelling, the engagement of the audience, and the way worlds are conceptualized and experienced a history of imaginary worlds that follows their development over three millennia from the fictional islands of Homer’s Odyssey to the present internarrative theory examining how narratives set in the same world can interact and relate to one another an examination of transmedial growth and adaptation, and what happens when worlds make the jump between media an analysis of the transauthorial nature of imaginary worlds, the resulting concentric circles of authorship, and related topics of canonicity, participatory worlds, and subcreation’s relationship with divine Creation Building Imaginary Worlds also provides the scholar of imaginary worlds with a glossary of terms and a detailed timeline that spans three millennia and more than 1,400 imaginary worlds, listing their names, creators, and the works in which they first appeared.

Worlds of Wonder

Filename: worlds-of-wonder.pdf
ISBN: PSU:000045700750
Release Date: 2001
Number of pages: 246
Author: David Gerrold
Publisher: Writers Digest Books

Download and read online Worlds of Wonder in PDF and EPUB Worlds of Wonder showcases the range and power of the human imagination, transported across strange worlds, lost civilizations, and brave new realities. Now, with the help of David Gerrold, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author, readers will learn, step-by-step, how to turn their words into works of wonder.Drawing on a career spanning three decades of writing and teaching, Gerrold also uses examples from numerous classic books and films to support their growth within the genre. Readers will gain insight into the craft as well as practice techniques that will immediately improve their writing as they are charmed and challenged by Gerrold's infectious passion for his craft and profession. Worlds of Wonder will ignite the engines of readers' enthusiasm in ways that will astonish them.* Written by one of the biggest, most-recognized and most-honored names in the field!* the science fiction and fantasy genres are currently riding a new wave of popularityDavid Gerrold is one of the most popular science fiction writers working today. His first professional sale, the Star Trek episode "Trouble With Tribbles," won a Hugo Award. He has written for television, published over forty books, and has written columns for six magazines. In 1995, his novelette the Martian Child won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Gerrold lives in San Fernando, California, and teaches writing at Pepperdine University.


Filename: plotto.pdf
ISBN: 9780981928470
Release Date: 2011-08
Number of pages: 308
Author: William Wallace Cook
Publisher: Norton Creek Press

Download and read online Plotto in PDF and EPUB Have you struggled to expand your initial idea into a complete story? Plotting can be frustrating work! What if there were a tool for this very problem, so you could navigate these uncharted waters as quickly as possible? A tool that starts with what you have (a situation, perhaps, or a group of characters) and sets you on the road to new possibilities? Plotto does all this. Created by a master of organized creativity, William Wallace Cook (one of the most prolific writers in history), Plotto has been prized by professional authors and screenwriters since its publication in 1928, and is still in demand today, with copies of the original edition selling for up to $400. This Norton Creek Edition is an exact reproduction of Cook's work. To keep the book down to a manageable size (300 pages of very small type) while retaining its powerful features, Cook uses a telegraphic format that takes some getting used to, so working your way carefully through the introduction and its examples is the key to professional-quality results. Because Plotto was written in the Twenties, its situations can seem old-fashioned and its terminology politically incorrect, but these problems are more apparent than real. Cook himself wrote both westerns and early classics of science fiction, so you see how replacing stagecoach with star ship or dance hall girl with male stripper are within the reach of anyone using the Plotto system, and, in fact, this kind of substitution is how the book is intended to be used, and is the key to its flexibility and enduring popularity.


Filename: finch.pdf
ISBN: 9780857893574
Release Date: 2011-03-01
Number of pages: 300
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

Download and read online Finch in PDF and EPUB AMBERGRIS: 239 Manzikert Avenue, Apartment 525. Two dead bodies lie on a dusty floor. One corpse is cut in half, the other is utterly unmarked. Only one is human. Ambergris is occupied, ruined and rotting. Its buildings are crumbling, or mutating into moist and hostile new life forms. The population is brought to its knees by narcotics, detention camps and arbitrary acts of terror. And for motives unknown, the new masters of the city want this bizarre case closed. Now. With no leads and one week to conclude his investigation, Detective John Finch is about to find himself in the cross-hairs of every spy, rebel, informer and traitor in town. And what he discovers will change Ambergris forever...

A Passion for Narrative

Filename: a-passion-for-narrative.pdf
ISBN: UVA:X002423684
Release Date: 1993
Number of pages: 298
Author: Jack Hodgins

Download and read online A Passion for Narrative in PDF and EPUB This book is not intended to persuade you to take up writing novels or short stories - "It's going to be a lot of work," Jack Hodgins warns. Nor will it tell you how to market your stories. But it will take you through the problems facing any fiction writer and show you how some of the best writers in English have solved them. The chapters are clear and comprehensive: " Finding Your Own Stories; One Good Sentence After Another - on the skills of writing well; "Setting; Character - how to make your characters come alive; "Plot; Structure - "The Architecture of Story"; "Point of View and Voice; Metaphors, Symbols and Allusions; Revising - an all-important chapter that also deals with the impact of writing on a computer; "The Story of a Story - where Jack Hodgins talks of his own experience with one of his most famous stories; and the final chapter, "And Now What? - "Creating Your Own Workshop, which builds on the fact that every chapter in the book contains writing exercises to help you work away at home at "the mysterious business of writing fiction." As an award-winning novelist and short-story writer Jack Hodgins is uniquely qualified to preach what he practises. As a trained teacher, he has been giving creative lessons for thirty years, at high schools and universities and to writers' summer schools. In recent years his creative writing courses at the University of Victoria have become discreetly famous. Now, anyone who buys this book can share in the experience of learning fiction-writing from a master. With its scores of examples of first-class writing this lively, truly fascinating book will almost certainly make you be atter writer; it is guaranteed to make you abetter reader.

The Thackery T Lambshead Pocket Guide To Eccentric Discredited Diseases

Filename: the-thackery-t-lambshead-pocket-guide-to-eccentric-discredited-diseases.pdf
ISBN: 9781447276425
Release Date: 2014-06-05
Number of pages: 496
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Download and read online The Thackery T Lambshead Pocket Guide To Eccentric Discredited Diseases in PDF and EPUB This humorous collection includes work by Neil Gaiman, China Miéville and many other talented authors. Marvellously entertaining dip-in spoof guide to exotic fictional illnesses and afflictions. Fifty-eight authors contributed, including the editors, with work by Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore and Rachel Pollack among many others. This must be the most extraordinary and complete guide to imaginary ailments ever assembled - with each 'disease' carefully documented by the most stellar collection of speculative fiction writers ever to play doctor. Detailed within for your reading and diagnostic pleasure are the frightening, ridiculous, and downright absurdly hilarious symptoms, histories, and possible cures to all the ills human flesh doesn't suffer, including Ballistic Organ Disease and Reverse Pinocchio Syndrome. The guide is also illustrated throughout with curious and humorously unenlightening sketches.

World building

Filename: world-building.pdf
ISBN: UVA:X002782285
Release Date: 1996
Number of pages: 198
Author: Stephen Lee Gillett
Publisher: Writers Digest Books

Download and read online World building in PDF and EPUB With Stephen Gillett's help, you'll be on solid ground, no matter what kinds of worlds you create for your science fiction. World-Building explains science to help you make your fiction plausible. You'll give your worlds the pull of gravity, aware of the effects on inhabitants and the planets themselves. Mix elements and build planets with chemically credible, geologically accurate characteristics - and anomalies - that affect those who live there. Create planetary "engines," convincing atmospheres and fact-based weather patterns. Colonize a truly weird world: ancient Earth. Explore our neighboring planets and their satellites for SF possibilities. Light and heat your landscapes with the right types of stars. See how things might be on a "chloroxygen" world and other hypothetical places. In this book, you'll follow calculations, read tables, view diagrams, learn what forces are at work in the universe, and see how you can harness them to give realism to the fantasy in your storytelling.

Snoopy s Guide to the Writing Life

Filename: snoopy-s-guide-to-the-writing-life.pdf
ISBN: 1582971943
Release Date: 2002-09-15
Number of pages: 192
Author: Monte Schultz
Publisher: Writers Digest Books

Download and read online Snoopy s Guide to the Writing Life in PDF and EPUB Presents a collection of "Peanuts" comic strips that revolve around writers and the art of writing along with advice and insights from such authors as Clive Cussler, Elmore Leonard, and Daniele Steele.

The Steampunk User s Manual

Filename: the-steampunk-user-s-manual.pdf
ISBN: 9781613127087
Release Date: 2014-10-10
Number of pages: 256
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: Abrams

Download and read online The Steampunk User s Manual in PDF and EPUB Steampunk, the retro-futuristic cultural movement, has become a substantial and permanent genre in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. A large part of its appeal is that, at its core, Steampunk is about doing it yourself: building on the past while also innovating and creating something original. VanderMeer’s latest book offers practical and inspirational guidance for readers to find their individual path into this realm. Including sections on art, fashion, architecture, crafts, music, performance, and storytelling, The Steampunk User’s Manual provides a conceptual how-to guide that motivates and awes both the armchair enthusiast and the committed creator. Examples range from the utterly doable to the completely over-the-top, encouraging participation and imagination at all levels.

Children s Writers Artists Yearbook 2017

Filename: children-s-writers-artists-yearbook-2017.pdf
ISBN: 9781472924971
Release Date: 2016-07-28
Number of pages: 480
Author: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Download and read online Children s Writers Artists Yearbook 2017 in PDF and EPUB Foreword by Frances Hardinge The annual, bestselling guide to all aspects of the media and how to write and illustrate for children and young adults. Acknowledged by the media industries and authors as the essential guide to how to get published. The 70+ articles are updated and added to each year. Together they provide invaluable guidance on subjects such as series fiction, writing historical or funny books, preparing an illustration portfolio, managing your finances, interpreting publishers' contracts, self-publishing your work. NEW articles for the 2017 edition included on: - Wanting to be a writer by Simon Mason - Finding new readers and markets by Tom Palmer - News and trends in children's publishing 2015-16 by Caroline Horn - Series fiction: writing as a part of a team by Lucy Courtenay - Creating a children's comic by Tom Fickling All of the 2,000 listings of who to contact across the media have been reviewed and updated. The essential guide for any writer for children.