Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy
5 Things Fan Conventions Taught Me About Writing Novels
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Romance and urban fantasy writer Seressia Glass discusses how attending fan conventions has helped her writing process and how they can help yours.
R.A. Salvatore: On Building Worlds in Fantasy Fiction
New York Times bestseller R.A. Salvatore discusses the process of writing his new fantasy novel, Starlight Enclave.
How to Write a Science Fiction Novel
In this post, learn how to write a science fiction novel from beginning to end, including 4 approaches for the first chapter of your novel, tips for writing about fictional technology, writing dystopian fiction, writing a science fiction series, and more.
In Search Of Utopia: Why Is There So Little Utopian Fiction?
Dystopian fiction has waxed and waned and fractured into subgenres over the past few years—but where is all the contemporary utopian fiction? Author Sayde Scarlett discusses.
The WD Interview: Author N.K. Jemisin on Creating New Worlds and Playing with Imagination
The master fantasy world-builder reveals her secrets to success on Patreon and speculates on how imagination might test-drive our future.
Reddit for Writers: 47 Writing Subreddits to Explore
This supplement to the 2019 edition of our 101 Best Websites provides a guide to writing subreddits—destinations across Reddit where writers can find useful information, community, and resources.
Jaleigh Johnson: Improving Your Writing With Dungeons & Dragons
For New York Times-bestselling fantasy novelist Jaleigh Johnson, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is more than just a role playing game, it's a writing tool.
YA Author Cassandra Clare Reveals the Practical Magic Behind Her Bestselling 'Shadowhunter' Series
YA sensation Cassandra Clare discusses the tactics she leverages to craft her bestselling Shadowhunter series and demystifies the secrets of writing for different age groups and fostering representation in fiction.
What Binge-Watching 'Stranger Things' Taught Me About Storytelling
As fans eagerly await Season 3 of Netflix hit series Stranger Things, Scott Hildreth offers three storytelling lessons and editing goals writers can glean from the show.
Tobias S. Buckell Discusses Successful Writing Collaborations and the Elements of Powerful Sci-Fi
We had the pleasure of talking with Tobias S. Buckell ahead of his keynote at indieLAB. Read on to discover his thoughts on what it takes to write powerful sci-fi, the process of writing with a co-author, and what's next for his career.
What a Coincidence: 7 Clever Strategies for Harnessing Coincidences in Fiction
Well-timed coincidences can catapult a story forward, but a poorly planned one can bring your readers to a dead stop. Use these 7 strategies to harness the power of this storytelling tool while steering clear of common missteps.
20 Things to Consider When Building Fantasy Worlds
New York Times bestselling author Sara Raasch shares her list of 20 considerations you should work through when building fantasy worlds.
Who Ya Gonna Call? Writing Paranormal and Supernatural Phenomena Realistically and Authentically
Given the popularity and depictions of "paranormal and supernatural phenomena" in movies and TV, one of the world's foremost scientific experts on writing paranormal and supernatural phenomena explains how his expertise assists writers and filmmakers.
5 Tips for Incorporating Real-World Politics into a Futuristic Narrative
Many authors seek to incorporate contemporary themes and issues into novels that are set in the future. Here, Jay Schiffman offers five ideas to get your started if you're interested in incorporating real-world politics into a futuristic narrative.
Crypto, Sci-Fi, Soldiers, Spies (and Disasters): 5 Varieties Within the Technothriller Genre
The technothriller genre may be slated to become one of the most popular of the 21st century, and as such, it's a hot area in which writers can experiment. If you're looking to write a technothriller (or read one), here are five different varieties you'll find within the genre.
4 Authors Share Their Best Tips for Writing Fantasy & Science-Fiction
In advance of our 4th Annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Virtual Conference, four of the participating presenters share their best quick tips for writing fantasy and science-fiction.
The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 6: Jeff & Ann VanderMeer on Anthologies, the Genre Fiction Divide, and Deep Reading
In this episode of the Writer’s Digest Podcast, literary power couple Jeff VanderMeer and Ann VanderMeer discuss the benefits of existing between the literary and genre fiction divide, the art and science of deep reading, and their own processes to craft and edit an anthology big or small.
Not Brave, But Fearless: Author Harlan Ellison on Battling Internet Piracy and His Reputation as a Firebrand (A 2004 Interview)
Prolific speculative fiction writer Harlan Ellison passed away on June 28, 2018, at the age of 84. In this interview with Ellison, published in May 2004, the firebrand writer discusses piracy during the rise of internet publishing, what it means to be a professional writer, and his trademark fearlessness.
Writing Science Fiction: How to Approach Exposition in Sci-Fi Novels
In this excerpt from the book Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card explains why exposition can present particular challenges when you're writing science fiction, and tips for overcoming those challenges.