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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.

    The Anatomy of a Writer’s Website

    Whether you build it yourself or hire a designer, your website can do more than bring you into the 21st century—it can be an invaluable part of your marketing arsenal.

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    Steve Berry’s 8 Rules of Writing

    Bestselling thriller writer Steve Berry says there are eight key rules that all writers must know and follow. Read more

    Don’t Use Adverbs and Adjectives to Prettify Your Prose

    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

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    Opening Scenes: An Overview

    Read Chapter 2, Opening Scenes: An Overview from Hooked Read more

    November is National Novel Writing Month

    NaNoWriMo’s Chris Baty shares five tips for writing your book in a month.

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    Fiction: Point of View

    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

    Principles of Building a Story

    Read "Principles of Building of a Story" from From First Draft to Finished Novel. Read more

    From First Draft to Finish Novel

    A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building Read more


    Beverly Smith-Dawson‘s "Chosen" took first place in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category of the 2008 Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. To read the grand-prize winning entry and other first-place finishers, click hereRead more

    The Power of Persistence

    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.
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    Bulllies, Bastards & Bitches

    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

    Defining and Developing Your Anti-Hero

    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

    The Four Commandments of Writing Good Sentences

    If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct. Some of these bad sentences might even be yours.

    by Bonnie Trenga Read more

    Challenging the Limits of Memory

    In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events. Read more

    Publish Your First Book After 50

    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
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    The Popular Fiction Report

    What’s hot in Mystery/ Crime, Romance, Horror, Thriller/ Suspense and Science Fiction/ Fantasy? Find out in this comprehensive genre-by-genre market report.

    PLUS: A breakdown of fiction sub-genres and their definitions. Read more

    Keep It Real

    Make readers believe that the fantasy world you’ve created actually exists by researching your setting. Read more

    Q&A with Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winner Franny Billingsley

    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

    8 Basic Writing Blunders

    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

    Lisa Lerner’s Just Like Beauty

    “I’m glad that I had the sense to sacrifice something.” Read more

    Dying to Win

    J.K. Mason’s short story about life, death and e-mail takes this year’s top prize. Read more

    5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction

    5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction Read more

    Birth of a Series

    The author writes it and submits. The editor considers it, then takes it on. In their words, both sides of this relationship share their takes on the process of bringing a debut novel to life. Read more

    Terry Brooks on Star Wars

    Noted fantasy author Terry Brooks talks about working with George Lucas on the novelization of The Phantom Menace and about the joy of writing. Read more

    The Hustler

    After 13 months of hand-selling his book from town to town, Christopher Paolini is vaulting to publishing stardom with a marketing savvy beyond his years. Read more

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