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Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: Speculative Genre Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers Paperback – February 20, 2014


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Product Details

  • Series: Now Write!
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (February 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039916555X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399165559
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Previous editions of the Now Write! series have focused on nonfiction, general fiction, screenplays, and mysteries. It was inevitable it would get around to sf and fantasy, and why not? As the book’s contributors point out, there are a lot of unique challenges to writing in these genres. The dozens of essays here—some by notables including Harlan Ellison, Joe R. Lansdale, and Simon Clark—tackle such subjects as freelancing for sf TV series; writing interspecies romance; building an internally consistent system of magic; creating a compelling but believable villain; creating a television series; tapping into the most common human fears; and much more. The book’s only drawback may be that, in trying to pack so much into a relatively small space, the editor has selected a lot of very short essays: most of them are only a page or two long, and, in many cases, we’re just settling in, and suddenly we’re already done. A useful but also a tad superficial book. --David Pitt

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"Whether you're looking to write the next HUNGER GAMES or conceptualize the next installment of AMERICAN HORROR STORY, the newest NOW WRITE! installment will set you on the path to meeting your goal."
--Renee C. Fountain, New York Journal of Books

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pam Wiedenbeck on March 3, 2014
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I was lucky enough to get a review copy of this book.
It was fantastic. While not every writing exercise will fit every author, I found 6 that I think can make me a better writer.
There were tips and tricks even in the vignettes where I probably not do the exercise itself.

The book is energizing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ava Louise on March 30, 2014
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This makes a handy reference book for those that write in this genre. Recommended for writers of any genre for the basic info in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CareerGirl on March 28, 2014
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This book is a must read for those who are looking to write fiction. The book has great exercises and insights to get past writer's block and into writing a great story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Atwood on March 16, 2014
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The tips contained within this book from the experts make it a must read for any aspiring author. I recommend this to anyone interested in writing.
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I have all the other books in this series. Like the other books, this book is full of exercises that are fantastic to kick-start any writing day.
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