Wonderbook

The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

Author: Jeff VanderMeer

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: 9781419704420

Category: Reference

Page: 352

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This visual guide to writing creative and compelling fiction includes interesting and inspiring artwork as well as motivational tools and essays from today's top fantasy writers, including George R. R. Martin and Neil Gaiman, to help all aspiring authors.

Wonderbook (Revised and Expanded)

The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

Author: Jeff VanderMeer

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1613124635

Category: Reference

Page: 352

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Wonderbook has become the definitive guide to writing science fiction and fantasy by offering an accessible, example-rich approach that emphasizes the importance of playfulness as well as pragmatism. It also exploits the visual nature of genre culture and employs bold, full-color drawings, maps, renderings, and visualizations to stimulate creative thinking. On top of all that, the book features sidebars and essays from some of the biggest names working in the field today, including George R. R. Martin, Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, and Karen Joy Fowler. For the fifth anniversary of the original publication, Jeff VanderMeer has added an additional 50 pages of diagrams, illustrations, and writing exercises creating the ultimate volume of inspiring advice that is also a stunning and inspiring object.

Worlds of Wonder

Author: David Gerrold

Publisher: BenBella Books

ISBN: 1946885894

Category:

Page: N.A

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An in-depth writing guide from the author of one of the most popular episodes of Star Trek Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author David Gerrold delights and challenges readers with his detailed instruction for creating compelling tales of fantasy and science fiction. The creator of the famous Star Trek episode, “The Trouble With Tribbles” and many groundbreaking science fiction novels including The Man Who Folded Himself and When Harlie was One, Gerrold will inspire you with his passion for the craft. With expert insight and humor, Gerrold shares eye-opening writing tips based on his decades of experience. Inside, discover his techniques for creating fantasy worlds and alien races, developing your hero, writing good sex scenes, keeping imaginary elements believable, and so much more. This ebook edition of Worlds of Wonder is the perfect resource for sci-fi and fantasy writers seeking encouragement and “tricks of the trade” from one of the greats.

Building Imaginary Worlds

The Theory and History of Subcreation

Author: Mark J.P. Wolf

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113622081X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 394

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Mark J.P. Wolf’s study of imaginary worlds theorizes world-building within and across media, including literature, comics, film, radio, television, board games, video games, the Internet, and more. Building Imaginary Worlds departs from prior approaches to imaginary worlds that focused mainly on narrative, medium, or genre, and instead considers imaginary worlds as dynamic entities in and of themselves. Wolf argues that imaginary worlds—which are often transnarrative, transmedial, and transauthorial in nature—are compelling objects of inquiry for Media Studies. Chapters touch on: a theoretical analysis of how world-building extends beyond storytelling, the engagement of the audience, and the way worlds are conceptualized and experienced a history of imaginary worlds that follows their development over three millennia from the fictional islands of Homer’s Odyssey to the present internarrative theory examining how narratives set in the same world can interact and relate to one another an examination of transmedial growth and adaptation, and what happens when worlds make the jump between media an analysis of the transauthorial nature of imaginary worlds, the resulting concentric circles of authorship, and related topics of canonicity, participatory worlds, and subcreation’s relationship with divine Creation Building Imaginary Worlds also provides the scholar of imaginary worlds with a glossary of terms and a detailed timeline that spans three millennia and more than 1,400 imaginary worlds, listing their names, creators, and the works in which they first appeared.

The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!

Author: Philip Athans,R. A. Salvatore

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1440507295

Category: Reference

Page: 256

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Science fiction and fantasy is one of the most challenging--and rewarding!--genres in the bookstore. But with New York Times bestselling author Philip Athans and fantasy giant R. A. Salvatore at your side, you’ll create worlds that draw your readers in--and keep them reading! Just as important, you’ll learn how to prepare your work for today’s market. Drawing on his years of experience as one of the most acclaimed professionals in publishing, Wizards of the Coast editor Athans explains how to set your novel apart--and break into this lucrative field. From devising clever plots and building complex characters to inventing original technologies and crafting alien civilizations, Athans gives you the techniques you need to write strong, saleable narratives. Plus! Athans applies all of these critical lessons together in an unprecedented deconstruction of a never-before-published tale by the one and only R. A. Salvatore! There are books on writing science fiction and fantasy, and then there’s this book--the only one you need to create strange, wonderful worlds for your own universe of readers!

The Fantasy Fiction Formula

Author: Deborah Chester

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 178499605X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: N.A

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There's more to writing a successful fantasy story than building a unique world or inventing new magic. How exactly is a plot put together? How do you know if your idea will support an entire novel? How do you grab reader attention and keep it? How do you create dynamic, multi-dimensional characters? What is viewpoint and do you handle it differently in urban fantasy than in traditional epics? What should you do if you're lost in the middle? How do you make your plot end up where you intend it to go? From the writing of strong, action-packed scenes to the handling of emotions, let award-winning fantasy author Deborah Chester guide you through the process of putting a book together. Convinced there's no need to shroud the writing process under a veil of mystery, Chester supplies tips that are both practical and proven. They are exactly what she uses in writing her own novels and what she teaches in her writing courses at the University of Oklahoma. Along with explaining story construction step-by-step, Chester illustrates each technique with examples drawn from both traditional and urban fantasy. The technique chapters include exercises to assist novices in mastering the craft of writing fantasy as well as suggestions for avoiding or solving plot problems. More experienced writers will find tips for taking their work to the next level. With an introduction by author Jim Butcher, The fantasy fiction formula provides the information you need to gain skill and proficiency in writing fantasy like a pro.

The Steampunk Bible

An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature

Author: Jeff VanderMeer,S. J. Chambers

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1613121660

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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Steampunk—a grafting of Victorian aesthetic and punk rock attitude onto various forms of science-fiction culture—is a phenomenon that has come to influence film, literature, art, music, fashion, and more. The Steampunk Bible is the first compendium about the movement, tracing its roots in the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells through its most recent expression in movies such as Sherlock Holmes. Its adherents celebrate the inventor as an artist and hero, re-envisioning and crafting retro technologies including antiquated airships and robots. A burgeoning DIY community has brought a distinctive Victorian-fantasy style to their crafts and art. Steampunk evokes a sense of adventure and discovery, and embraces extinct technologies as a way of talking about the future. This ultimate manual will appeal to aficionados and novices alike as author Jeff VanderMeer takes the reader on a wild ride through the clockwork corridors of Steampunk history. Praise for The Steampunk Bible: "The Steampunk Bible is an informed, informative and beautifully illustrated survey of the subject." -The Financial Times "The Steampunk Bible is far and away the most intriguing catalog of all things steam yet written." -The Austin Chronicle “It’s hard to imagine how VanderMeer and Chambers could have put together a stronger collection. Its publication marks a significant, self-conscious moment in the history of the movement.” —PopMatters.com

How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582971032

Category: Reference

Page: 140

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Learn to write science fiction and fantasy from a master You've always dreamed of writing science fiction and fantasy tales that pull readers into extraordinary new worlds and fantastic conflicts. Best-selling author Orson Scott Card shows you how it's done, distilling years of writing experience and publishing success into concise, no-nonsense advice. You'll learn how to: utilize story elements that define the science fiction and fantasy genres build, populate, and dramatize a credible, inviting world your readers will want to explore develop the "rules" of time, space and magic that affect your world and its inhabitants construct a compelling story by developing ideas, characters, and events that keep readers turning pages find the markets for speculative fiction, reach them, and get published submit queries, write cover letters, find an agent, and live the life of a writer The boundaries of your imagination are infinite. Explore them with Orson Scott Card and create fiction that casts a spell over agents, publishers, and readers from every world.

Storyworld First

Creating a Unique Fantasy World for Your Novel

Author: <$JillWilliamson>

Publisher: Novel Teen Press

ISBN: 0988759489

Category: Reference

Page: N.A

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The question I hear most from beginners about building a fantasy storyworld is, "Where do I start?" Oz, Wonderland, Narnia, the 100 Acre Wood, Neverland, Hogwarts, the United Federation of Planets, Westeros, Middle Earth, Alagaesia, Terabithia, Gotham City, Jurassic Park, Fablehaven, and a galaxy far, far away. These fictional places have become real in the minds and hearts or readers. These storyworlds that someone invented-someone who was once like you, learning to tell stories, learning to write, and dreaming about publishing a novel. Whether you're starting from scratch or are looking to add depth to a finished story, Storyworld First will get you thinking. Includes tips for worldbuilding: Astronomy • Magic • Government Map making • History • Religion Technology • Languages • Culture And how it all works together.

Wizardry & Wild Romance

A Study of Epic Fantasy

Author: Michael Moorcock,China Miéville,Jeff VanderMeer

Publisher: Monkeybrain

ISBN: 9781932265071

Category: Fiction

Page: 206

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Newly revised and expanded by the author, this seminal study of epic fantasy analyzes the genre from its earliest beginnings in Medieval romances on through practitioners like Tolkien up to today's brightest lights.

Finch

Author: Jeff VanderMeer

Publisher: Underland Press

ISBN: 0980226015

Category: Fiction

Page: 339

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In a world where mysterious underground dwellers rule the state with random acts of terror, John Finch and his partner must solve a double murder while trying to make contact with the scattered rebel resistance.

I Should Be Writing

A Writer's Workshop

Author: Mur Lafferty

Publisher: Rock Point Gift & Stationery

ISBN: 1631063650

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 160

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Don't just dream it, write it! I Should Be Writing is a writing workshop in a journal, full of helpful advice and encouragement for the person who wants to finally write the story they've always dreamed of creating. Let award-winning podcaster Mur Lafferty, who in the past has interviewed authors including John Scalzi, Neil Gaiman, Gail Carriger, Adam Christopher, and Kameron Hurley, guide you through the nuts-and-bolts process of honing your craft, including which writing myths to ignore, how to refine your creative process, listening to your inner muse while ignoring your inner bully, and more. This book also contains writing exercises that will help the blossoming writer strengthen the writer’s muscle of writing every day. These include everything from situational writer's prompts to lists of ideas writers should try to jot down between writing sessions. With this helpful guide, you can make the phrase, "I've always wanted to write a story..." a thing of the past. Because you should be writing!

Shriek: An Afterword

Author: Jeff VanderMeer

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1429951478

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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An epic yet personal look at several decades of life, love, and death in the imaginary city of Ambergris-previously chronicled in Jeff VanderMeer's acclaimed City of Saints & Madmen-Shriek: An Afterword relates the scandalous, heartbreaking, and horrifying secret history of two squabbling siblings and their confidantes, protectors, and enemies. Narrated with flamboyant intensity and under increasingly urgent conditions by ex-society figure Janice Shriek, this afterword presents a vivid gallery of characters and events, emphasizing the adventures of Janice's brother Duncan, a historian obsessed with a doomed love affair and a secret that may kill or transform him; a war between rival publishing houses that will change Ambergris forever; and the gray caps, a marginalized people armed with advanced fungal technologies who have been waiting underground for their chance to mold the future of the city. Part academic treatise, part tell-all biography, after this introduction to the Family Shriek, you'll never look at history in quite the same way again. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Leap Write In!

Adventures in Creative Writing to Stretch and Surprise Your One-Of-a-Kind Mind

Author: Karen Benke

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1611800153

Category: Education

Page: 282

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"Writing is inspired by life, and life can be understood through writing. Get your writing to flow off the page by exploring the inner treasures of your life. This book presents an inward-bound adventure—a way to shake things up from the inside and unleash what you most need and want to say. Leap Write In!is a passport to the wild country of your expanding heart and widening imagination. Stamped on these pages are the exercises, ideas, and prompts that will help you to explore all the wacky, confusing, brave, soul-stirring wonderings and wanderings of your life in a way that will unleash your writing. The ideas, experiments, exercises, and lessons include- amp; • ON-THE-SPOT DROPS that offer quick "free-fall" prompts on different themes, such as short-winded poems and seven-line stories amp; • SURPRISE-YOURSELF SURVEYS for those who think they know everything about themselves amp; • STORY STANZAS that explore feelings and states of being like Fear, Compassion, Kindness, Anxiety, Anger, Jealousy, Happiness, and so on

How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps

Step by Step Cartography for Gamers and Fans

Author: Jared Blando

Publisher: Impact

ISBN: 9781440340246

Category: Cartography

Page: 128

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The power of creation is at your fingertips! Orcs prepare for battle against high Elves, Dwarves retreat to the mountains and men march to the sea to reclaim crumbling fortresses. Fortunes are decided. Kingdoms are lost. Entire worlds are created. This book will teach you to bring your fictional realm to life with simple step-by-step instructions on how to draw authentic fantasy maps. Set the stage for adventure by illustrating domains, castles and battle lines, mountains, forests and sea monsters! Learn to create completely unique and fully functional RPG maps time and time again on which your world can unfold. All the skills necessary to create awe-inspiring maps are covered! Landscapes. Add depth, balance and plausibility with rocky coastlines, towering mountains, dark forests and rolling plains. Iconography. Mark important places--towns and cities, fortresses and bridges--with symbolic iconography for easy-to-understand maps. Typography. Learn how to place readable text and the basics of decorative script. Bonus instruction teaches you to create fonts for Orcs, Elves, Vikings and dragons. Heraldry and shield design. Depict cultural and political boundaries with shields and colors. Advanced cartography. Includes how to draw landmarks, country boundaries and political lines. Build roads to connect merchants and troops, troll cairns and dragon lairs. And complete your maps with creative backgrounds, elaborate compasses and thematic legends. 30+ step-by-step demonstrations illustrate how to construct an entire fantasy world map from start to finish--both digitally and by hand!

Elsewhere

Author: Richard Russo

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 0307959538

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 246

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Presents a personal account of the author's youth, his parents, and the 1950s upstate New York town they struggled to escape, recounting the encroaching poverty and illness that challenged everyday life and the dreams his mother instilled that inspired his career.

On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

World-building

Author: Stephen Lee Gillett

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 198

View: 1997

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With Stephen Gillett's help, you'll be on solid ground, no matter what kinds of worlds you create for your science fiction. World-Building explains science to help you make your fiction plausible. You'll give your worlds the pull of gravity, aware of the effects on inhabitants and the planets themselves. Mix elements and build planets with chemically credible, geologically accurate characteristics - and anomalies - that affect those who live there. Create planetary "engines," convincing atmospheres and fact-based weather patterns. Colonize a truly weird world: ancient Earth. Explore our neighboring planets and their satellites for SF possibilities. Light and heat your landscapes with the right types of stars. See how things might be on a "chloroxygen" world and other hypothetical places. In this book, you'll follow calculations, read tables, view diagrams, learn what forces are at work in the universe, and see how you can harness them to give realism to the fantasy in your storytelling.

The A-Zs of Worldbuilding

Building a Fictional World from Scratch

Author: Rebekah Loper

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692850558

Category: Reference

Page: 252

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Worldbuilding is the ultimate act of creation for speculative fiction writers, but how exactly do you worldbuild? You ask 'what if' and use each answer as a springboard to more questions and answers about your fictional world. In The A-Zs of Worldbuilding, that 'what if' process is broken down into 26 themed chapters, covering topics ranging from architecture to zoology. Each chapter includes a corresponding set of guided exercises to help you find the 'what if' questions relevant to your story's world. Fair warning, though: worldbuilding is addictive. Once you get started, you might never put your pen down again.

The Writer's Digest Guide to Science Fiction & Fantasy

Author: Orson Scott Card,Editors of Writers Digest Books

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582976099

Category: Reference

Page: 432

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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 to 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.