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Writing Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror For Dummies

By: Ryan Van Cleave and Rick Dakan Published: 03-09-2022

Take your shot at becoming the next Tolkien, Asimov, or King with this simple roadmap to transforming your fiction into works of art

Writing Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror For Dummies is your skeleton key to creating the kind of fiction that grips readers and compels them to keep turning pages (even if it's well past their bedtime!)

You'll start with the basics of creative writing—including character, plot, and scene—and strategies for creating engaging stories in different forms, such as novels, short stories, scripts, and video games. After that, get beginner-friendly and straightforward advice on worldbuilding, before diving headfirst into genre-specific guidance for science fiction, horror, and fantasy writing.

This book also offers:

  • Strategies for editing and revising your next work to get it into tip-top shape for your audience
  • Ways to seek out second opinions from editors, experts, and even sensitivity readers
  • Techniques for marketing and publication, working with agents, and advice for writers going the self-publishing route

The perfect beginner's guide for aspiring writers with an interest in horror, fantasy, or science fiction, Writing Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror For Dummies is the first and last resource you need before you start building your next story about faraway lands, aliens, and fantastic adventures.

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Writing Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 01-11-2022

Getting started with your sci-fi, fantasy, or horror story can be a daunting challenge. When you’re writing speculative fiction about other possible and impossible worlds, there are a thousand different details to think about. These easy-to-use tips and questions can help launch your writing process in the right direction and focus on the things that matter for your story.

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