Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

Speculative Genre Exercises From Today's Best Writers and Teachers

Book - 2014
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"Featuring speculative fiction-writing exercises from Harlan Ellison (R), Piers Anthony, Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, screenwriters of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek: The Next Generation, and many more. The fifth volume in the acclaimed Now Write! writing-guide series offers a full toolbox of advice and exercises for speculative fiction writers hoping to craft an engaging alternate reality, flesh out an enthralling fantasy quest, or dream up a bloodcurdling plot twist, including: -Harlan Ellison (R), on crafting the perfect story title -Jack Ketchum, on how economy of language helps create a truly frightening tale -Piers Antony, on making fantastical characters feel genuine and relatable This collection of storytelling secrets from top genre writers-including winners of Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Bram Stoker awards-is essential for any writer looking to take a leap beyond the ordinary"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, a memeber of Penguin Group (USA), 2014
ISBN: 9780399165559
039916555X
Branch Call Number: 808.3 Scie
Characteristics: xvi, 367 p. ; 21 cm
Contents: Editor's Note
- Understand Your Speculative Genre
Where Does He Get Those Wonderful Ideas? Making Speculative Fiction Speculative / Steven Saus
Choosing Your Speculative Genre / Jule Selbo
Writing Horror / Glenn M. Benest
Introduction to the 1831 Edition of Frankenstein / Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The Grimm Art of Fairy Tales / Kate Bernheimer
Credibility / Vincent M. Wales
How Do Sub-genres Impact Your Creation of a Hero? / Lisa Renee Jones
Wood Knot Dew / Piers Anthony
- Ideas and Inspiration
The Secret Room / Aimee Bender
Steal from Your Dreams with a Twist of Fevered Writing / Kim Dower
Writing About Your Childhood / Brian James Freeman
How to Channel Your Imagination / Brittany Winner
An Exercise in Dreamsnake / Vonda N. McIntyre
Walking the Dog / Kealan Patrick Burke
Magical Inspiration / Sabrina Benulis
Unlimited Ideas / Elliot Laurence
Creativity on Demand / Steven Barnes
- Story Development and Plotting
The Constant Writer: How to Plot an Entire Story in Minutes and Never Run Out of Ideas / Diego Valenzuela
Put It in Space / Danika Dinsmore
Call of the Wylleen / Xaque Gruber
The Joy of Six / Sequoia Hamilton
Tarot for Writers / James Wanless
Freelancing Sci-Fi TV / Michael Reaves
When the World Turns to Shit, Why Should I Care? Character Arc in Dystopian Stories / Raymond Obstfeld
Story Endings: Where Monsters Lurk / Lois Gresh
Begin at the End... / Michael Dillon Scott
- High Stakes and Terror
Of Heroes and Villains / William F. Nolan
The Eleven Tenets of Fear / Christine Conradt
Anatomy of Choice / Derrick D. Pete
How Spielberg and Shakespeare Grab 'Em in Five / Todd Klick
Bump in the Night / Sara B. Cooper
Diabolical Evil for Beginners / Ben Thompson
Seeking the Darkness / Edward DeGeorge
The Setting in Horror / Lisa Morton
Bringing Horror Home / Jan Kozlowski
- Building Worlds
Fact into Fiction / E. E. King
Durham Think Historical / David Anthony
In Xanadu...Grounding the Fantastic / Mark Sebanc
Humming the Sets: World Building That Supports the Story / Melissa Scott
System Rules / L. E. Modesitt Jr.
So, What Do You Know? Deepening Your World Building Through Point of View / Janice Hardy
Feel Things Out / Kij Johnson
Building Worlds Without Boring Your Readers or Becoming the Minister for Tourism / Chris Howard
Follow the Money / Nancy Kress
- Theme and Meaning
First, There Was the Title / Harlan Ellison
Writing into the Spiritual Unknown / Pen Densham
Catching Up with the Future / Douglas Mcgowan
Creating Your Own Science Fiction / Marc Scott Zicree
Teaching Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers / Richard Bleiler
Understanding Yourself Better Through Creative Writing / Brianna Winner
Giving Sentience to Ordinary Objects
-An Object's Purpose / Devorah Cutler-Rubenstein
Leaping into Landscape / Wendy Mewes
Finding Your Spirit in Speculative Writing / Eric Stener Carlson
- Memorable Heroes, Villains, and Monsters
Start with the Name / Diana Peterfreund
How Characters Drive Plot / Karen McCoy
How We Feel a Story / Eric Edson
The Black Unicorn / Bruce McAllister
Create a Power! / Jeffrey A. Carver
Fundamentals of Writing / Derek Taylor Kent
The Villain's Handbook / Jessica Page Morrell
Oh, the Humanity: What Makes Monsters Tick / Stacey Graham
The Uncanny Valley / Mark Sevi
Metamorphosis / Brad Schreiber
- Communication and Relationships
He Do the Police in Different Voices / Reggie Oliver
More Than Words Can Say / James G. Anderson
Creating Convincing Communication Between Humans and Supernatural Creatures / Gabrielle Moss
What's Love-Got to Do with It? / Vanessa Vaughn
Love Between the Species / Mario Acevedo
- Scene Construction and Style
Economy
Additional Contributors: Lamson, Laurie - Editor

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