July/August 2013 Issue
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Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy
Want to be the next George R.R. Martin or Jim Butcher? Here you’ll find information on writing for this specialized market, including world building, creating aliens and systems of magic, selling your work, and much more.
Bestselling thriller writer Steve Berry says there are eight key rules that all writers must know and follow. Read more
Learn how adjective and adverbs create redundancy and promote lazy writing and see how you can make your writing direct, vivid, and descriptive without making your readers want to get rid of your book.
by William Noble
NaNoWriMo’s Chris Baty shares five tips for writing your book in a month.
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How many times have you heard this around the workshop table: “Why don’t you consider a new point of view?” (Actually, the term used more often is “POV” because it sounds a lot cooler, I suspect.) Everyone then agrees that a new POV might help matters, including the writer, who knew something was wrong and is now relieved to have a likely suspect.
by Steve Almond Read more
Read "Principles of Building of a Story" from From First Draft to Finished Novel. Read more
The characters in David J. Schwartz’s debut novel, Superpowers, wake up overnight with super speed, super strength, invisibility, the power to read minds and the ability to fly. The author, however, had the power of persistence on his side. From the day he started writing the manuscript to its publication, six long years passed.
With Jessica Page Morrell’s Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, you’ll be able to tap into your story’s dark side by creating realistic and memorable anti-heroes, villains, antagonists, and difficult protagonists. Read more
Anti-heros are the bastards of fiction—those bad guys readers love to hate and hate to love. Find out whats makes a memorable anti-hero tick in this excerpt from Bullies, Bastards & Bitches by Jessica Page Morrell. Read more
Who says publishing is a young person’s game? Here are an agent’s tips for writing and publishing well into your golden years.
By Scott Hoffman
J.R.R. Tolkien’s myth-making tales are most alive in their original form: ink and paper. Read more
A Firebrand at 69: An Interview with Harlan Ellison Read more
Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.
by Raymond Obstfeld
Make readers believe that the fantasy world you’ve created actually exists by researching your setting. Read more
Franny Billingsley”s young adult fantasy novels open readers to new worlds. Here she discusses the process of creating award-winning books, revising her work, and working with renowned editors. Read more
These big-picture writing errors might make you cringe with recognition. But shake it off: Bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins will help you fix them.
by Jerry B. Jenkins Read more
J.K. Mason’s short story about life, death and e-mail takes this year’s top prize. Read more