- Series: Genre Writing
- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Writers Digest Books; 1st edition (July 15, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0898794161
- ISBN-13: 978-0898794168
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chapter 3, Story Construction, has already opened up new worlds for me (no pun intended). Almost every story, no matter what your genre, falls into one of four categories: milieu (the time or place of the story is the most important element), idea, character, and event. Knowing which your story is will help you write it better. Very helpful examples are given.
Chapter 4, Writing Well, shows how to unfold your story. True, this chapter is geared to the specifics of SF&F, but contains extremely valuable information. How much information should you share with the reader early on? How much is too much? Have you dropped enough clues or interesting pieces of information early on to keep the pages turning? This chapter answers those questions and more.
Chapter 5, The Life and Business of Writing, is probably the most honest look at the writer's life that I've ever read.Read more ›
Card, like most writers, is well aware of that fact and does not take the pretention that his book is a how-to that will have you churning out sci-fi and fantasy like a pro. However, for those enthusiasts who aren't sure where to begin or what mistakes to avoid, Card's guide is a good, if ill-titled, one; it describes the different types of stories (idea, character, event, etc.), plus offers tips on building a world with consistent and believable rules, what constitutes sci-fi/fantasy, etc.
More advanced writers or even rather astute readers may find some of the book's guidance obvious or a matter of common sense, and the book is not the only one an aspiring writer might wish to own (Writer's Market, various plotting, characterization, marketing, etc. books also being invaluable), but it is a good starting point for the average sci-fi enthusiast.
This is not true. Moreover, that is not what the book is for. The author encourages you, gives you examples, and makes you comfortable with writing fiction. Card doesn't give you specific advice ( insert character A here). He gives you examples of tone. He doesn't give you a compendium of data on the medieval world. He shows you what it feels like to write about it. He points you in the right direction, gives personal pointers, uses fine humor. You supply your own storylines. Enjoy this book.
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My son, who is an aspiring writer was so excited to receive this! He didn't know that his favorite author even had written a book on writing, so it was a great surprise. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ann Bricker
Extremely helpful and still relevant today. Some parts about publishing may be a little dated, but not much at all. The advice is direct and helpful, and all sensible. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jason Martin
I purchased two books from the author and this entire book was contained word for word in his other book "Writing Fantasy & Science fiction". Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
As always, Orson Scott Card never fails to deliver. If you love his novels and are contemplating writing one of your own, get this book as it will go a long ways in helping you... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ryan
I'm a big fan of Card's fiction. This book was very helpful in understanding how he writes his books as well as providing a basic understanding of how to write Science Fiction and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Oren
While Orson's writing guide does not take into account electronic self publishing (this was published decades ago, after all), the insight into speculative fiction and the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nilesac
In this small book, Orson Scott Card (writer of Ender's Game) includes some great advice for budding science fiction and fantasy writers. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. Hulshizer, MS, MA