Writer's Digest Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy

Everything needed to learn invaluable and timeless techniques for writing science fiction and fantasy, as well as tips for building an entirely new and believable world.
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The Writer's Digest Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy
by Orson Scott Card and the Editors of Writer's Digest
Writer's Digest Books, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-58297-609-9
$24.99, hardcover, 432 pages

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Craft an otherworldly experience for your readers!

Do you dream of writing tales that pull readers into extraordinary realms? The Writer’s Digest Guide to Science Fiction & Fantasy gives you everything you need to build a fantastic world, inhabit it with original and believable characters, and create an authentic and enthralling story.

Two complete books in one, this comprehensive guide includes invaluable and timeless advice for writing and selling speculative fiction from best-selling author Orson Scott Card’s How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy, as well as world-building information and instruction from the indispensable classic The Writer’s Complete Fantasy Reference.

You’ll discover:

• how to wield story elements that “define” the science fiction and fantasy genres
• ways build, populate and dramatize fantastic new worlds
• how to construct compelling stories by developing ideas, characters, and events that keep readers turning pages
• historically accurate information about world cultures, legends, folklore and mysticism
• how to authentically portray the rituals of magic and witchcraft
• in-depth descriptions of mythological creatures, fantasy races, clothing, weapons, armor, and more

The boundaries of your imagination are infinite, but to truly hook your reader you must ground your fiction with credible details. Let this book be your guide as you venture into the fantastic and you’ll create vibrant, captivating new worlds that spring off the page.

About the Authors
Authors include Hugo Award-winner Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead), Terry Brooks (The Sword of Shannara, The Gypsy Morph), Sherrilyn Keyon (the Dark Hunter Series) and many others.

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