The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction: 6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!

The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction: 6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!

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 Science fiction and fantasy is one of the most challenging--and rewarding!--genres in the bookstore. But with New ...

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Title:The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction: 6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!
Author:Philip Athans
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ISBN:1440501459
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Number of Pages:256 pages pages

The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction: 6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller! Reviews

  • James
    Feb 18, 2012

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

  • Debra
    May 19, 2019

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

  • Chris Perrin
    Apr 04, 2011

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

    Very enjoyable read. Philip Athans touches on lots of subjects in the science-fiction/fantasy genre including the journey of the hero and the villain, creating supporting characters, how much is too much, and what makes a villain tick. The book is not just a guide to writing, it also...

    While the book had lots of good ways to put your research, planning and writing in order AND a lot of agreeable statements, the heteronormativity in the examples paired with a few mentions of same-sex relationships felt like a slap in the face. Also the fact that romance was made to se...

    Great advice for writers in these genres I highlight sections as notes when I read books like this, marking things that I shouldn't forget in the months and years ahead. Usually I'll have maybe ten sections hoghlighted at the end of the book, but in this case more than half of the b...

    Lots of handy hints, and good advice, along with a short story by RA Salvatore to top things off. I went through the book over the past few years, and just finished. I don't have a clear recollection of every part of it, but I've made lots of useful notes as a result of this book, so...

    A good guide to writing Fantasy (not so much Science-Fiction). Full of examples that you can riff off when writing your own work. Also, stick around for R A Salvatore?s ?Hugo Mann?s Perfect Soul?, it is a well written short story with a great premise. ...

    Wow, information overload, but in an awesome way! This is better than Orson Scott Card's book on the same subject. There was more focus and details on the aspects that I wanted to learn more about. More later! ...

    It had some interesting points, mainly of how much of descriptions to add in, but I feel like I've learned more from other sources about world building. It didn't go into the depth I was hoping for on subjects like magic and cultures. ...

    Very short and good read on becoming a fantasy/sci fi author. ...

    Some useful advice, but nothing mind blowing or unexpected, and nothing truly practical, just principles and advice. ...

    Bloody brilliant. Lots of good advice here. ...

    I learned A TON from this book on how to write. Recommended for anyone who writes. ...

    A detailed gift of knowledge for anyone starting out in writing Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. ...

    Very helpful! This has helped me so much in my quest to write a fantasy novel and contains some great advice told in a witty and interesting manner. ...

    So I am not a wannabe fantasy writer nor do I have a manuscript collecting dust. But I do wannabe a better book reviewer. I read Ben Bacock's review on Goodreads about the fantasy book, Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, and was inspired with the depth of the review. Not ...

    This Guide is an easy, useful read that is accessible in language, rather than being convoluted. The examples are short, straightforward, and reminded me of what I've read since I was a kid - reading it felt partly nostalgic and partly "Hey! I totally get that!" It's also very open, fl...

    Longtime Wizards of the Coast editor and fantasy author Philip Athans is certainly qualified to write a guide to writing Fantasy and Sci Fi. He has gone through the entire process as an author but, more importantly, he has seen what works?and what doesn?t?from behind an editor?...

    This is a fantastic book that covers a huge amount of content for its relatively short length. Part of why I could breeze through this book as fast as I did and not have to reference back so much to other things is probably because I'm pretty well read in the genre and I feel like 95% ...

    As writing books go, this one was good, but I wanted more organization. There was some good advice in it, but it came in two broad categories: overkill (the section on rewriting prose to be more descriptive was about 6 examples too long, maybe 5) or hidden so hard that I had to work fo...

  • Alex
    May 12, 2017

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

  • Philip Athans
    Jun 16, 2010

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

  • Hannu Venesperä
    Jan 02, 2017

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

  • Sam
    Feb 12, 2016

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

  • Barb Middleton
    Jun 20, 2012

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

    Very enjoyable read. Philip Athans touches on lots of subjects in the science-fiction/fantasy genre including the journey of the hero and the villain, creating supporting characters, how much is too much, and what makes a villain tick. The book is not just a guide to writing, it also...

    While the book had lots of good ways to put your research, planning and writing in order AND a lot of agreeable statements, the heteronormativity in the examples paired with a few mentions of same-sex relationships felt like a slap in the face. Also the fact that romance was made to se...

    Great advice for writers in these genres I highlight sections as notes when I read books like this, marking things that I shouldn't forget in the months and years ahead. Usually I'll have maybe ten sections hoghlighted at the end of the book, but in this case more than half of the b...

    Lots of handy hints, and good advice, along with a short story by RA Salvatore to top things off. I went through the book over the past few years, and just finished. I don't have a clear recollection of every part of it, but I've made lots of useful notes as a result of this book, so...

    A good guide to writing Fantasy (not so much Science-Fiction). Full of examples that you can riff off when writing your own work. Also, stick around for R A Salvatore?s ?Hugo Mann?s Perfect Soul?, it is a well written short story with a great premise. ...

    Wow, information overload, but in an awesome way! This is better than Orson Scott Card's book on the same subject. There was more focus and details on the aspects that I wanted to learn more about. More later! ...

    It had some interesting points, mainly of how much of descriptions to add in, but I feel like I've learned more from other sources about world building. It didn't go into the depth I was hoping for on subjects like magic and cultures. ...

    Very short and good read on becoming a fantasy/sci fi author. ...

    Some useful advice, but nothing mind blowing or unexpected, and nothing truly practical, just principles and advice. ...

    Bloody brilliant. Lots of good advice here. ...

    I learned A TON from this book on how to write. Recommended for anyone who writes. ...

    A detailed gift of knowledge for anyone starting out in writing Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. ...

    Very helpful! This has helped me so much in my quest to write a fantasy novel and contains some great advice told in a witty and interesting manner. ...

    So I am not a wannabe fantasy writer nor do I have a manuscript collecting dust. But I do wannabe a better book reviewer. I read Ben Bacock's review on Goodreads about the fantasy book, Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, and was inspired with the depth of the review. Not ...

  • Mysti Parker
    Jun 03, 2011

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

  • H. P.
    Mar 01, 2012

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

    Very enjoyable read. Philip Athans touches on lots of subjects in the science-fiction/fantasy genre including the journey of the hero and the villain, creating supporting characters, how much is too much, and what makes a villain tick. The book is not just a guide to writing, it also...

    While the book had lots of good ways to put your research, planning and writing in order AND a lot of agreeable statements, the heteronormativity in the examples paired with a few mentions of same-sex relationships felt like a slap in the face. Also the fact that romance was made to se...

    Great advice for writers in these genres I highlight sections as notes when I read books like this, marking things that I shouldn't forget in the months and years ahead. Usually I'll have maybe ten sections hoghlighted at the end of the book, but in this case more than half of the b...

    Lots of handy hints, and good advice, along with a short story by RA Salvatore to top things off. I went through the book over the past few years, and just finished. I don't have a clear recollection of every part of it, but I've made lots of useful notes as a result of this book, so...

    A good guide to writing Fantasy (not so much Science-Fiction). Full of examples that you can riff off when writing your own work. Also, stick around for R A Salvatore?s ?Hugo Mann?s Perfect Soul?, it is a well written short story with a great premise. ...

    Wow, information overload, but in an awesome way! This is better than Orson Scott Card's book on the same subject. There was more focus and details on the aspects that I wanted to learn more about. More later! ...

    It had some interesting points, mainly of how much of descriptions to add in, but I feel like I've learned more from other sources about world building. It didn't go into the depth I was hoping for on subjects like magic and cultures. ...

    Very short and good read on becoming a fantasy/sci fi author. ...

    Some useful advice, but nothing mind blowing or unexpected, and nothing truly practical, just principles and advice. ...

    Bloody brilliant. Lots of good advice here. ...

    I learned A TON from this book on how to write. Recommended for anyone who writes. ...

    A detailed gift of knowledge for anyone starting out in writing Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. ...

    Very helpful! This has helped me so much in my quest to write a fantasy novel and contains some great advice told in a witty and interesting manner. ...

    So I am not a wannabe fantasy writer nor do I have a manuscript collecting dust. But I do wannabe a better book reviewer. I read Ben Bacock's review on Goodreads about the fantasy book, Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, and was inspired with the depth of the review. Not ...

    This Guide is an easy, useful read that is accessible in language, rather than being convoluted. The examples are short, straightforward, and reminded me of what I've read since I was a kid - reading it felt partly nostalgic and partly "Hey! I totally get that!" It's also very open, fl...

    Longtime Wizards of the Coast editor and fantasy author Philip Athans is certainly qualified to write a guide to writing Fantasy and Sci Fi. He has gone through the entire process as an author but, more importantly, he has seen what works?and what doesn?t?from behind an editor?...

  • Fred
    Nov 18, 2012

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

    Very enjoyable read. Philip Athans touches on lots of subjects in the science-fiction/fantasy genre including the journey of the hero and the villain, creating supporting characters, how much is too much, and what makes a villain tick. The book is not just a guide to writing, it also...

    While the book had lots of good ways to put your research, planning and writing in order AND a lot of agreeable statements, the heteronormativity in the examples paired with a few mentions of same-sex relationships felt like a slap in the face. Also the fact that romance was made to se...

    Great advice for writers in these genres I highlight sections as notes when I read books like this, marking things that I shouldn't forget in the months and years ahead. Usually I'll have maybe ten sections hoghlighted at the end of the book, but in this case more than half of the b...

    Lots of handy hints, and good advice, along with a short story by RA Salvatore to top things off. I went through the book over the past few years, and just finished. I don't have a clear recollection of every part of it, but I've made lots of useful notes as a result of this book, so...

    A good guide to writing Fantasy (not so much Science-Fiction). Full of examples that you can riff off when writing your own work. Also, stick around for R A Salvatore?s ?Hugo Mann?s Perfect Soul?, it is a well written short story with a great premise. ...

    Wow, information overload, but in an awesome way! This is better than Orson Scott Card's book on the same subject. There was more focus and details on the aspects that I wanted to learn more about. More later! ...

    It had some interesting points, mainly of how much of descriptions to add in, but I feel like I've learned more from other sources about world building. It didn't go into the depth I was hoping for on subjects like magic and cultures. ...

    Very short and good read on becoming a fantasy/sci fi author. ...

    Some useful advice, but nothing mind blowing or unexpected, and nothing truly practical, just principles and advice. ...

    Bloody brilliant. Lots of good advice here. ...

    I learned A TON from this book on how to write. Recommended for anyone who writes. ...

    A detailed gift of knowledge for anyone starting out in writing Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. ...

    Very helpful! This has helped me so much in my quest to write a fantasy novel and contains some great advice told in a witty and interesting manner. ...

    So I am not a wannabe fantasy writer nor do I have a manuscript collecting dust. But I do wannabe a better book reviewer. I read Ben Bacock's review on Goodreads about the fantasy book, Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, and was inspired with the depth of the review. Not ...

    This Guide is an easy, useful read that is accessible in language, rather than being convoluted. The examples are short, straightforward, and reminded me of what I've read since I was a kid - reading it felt partly nostalgic and partly "Hey! I totally get that!" It's also very open, fl...

    Longtime Wizards of the Coast editor and fantasy author Philip Athans is certainly qualified to write a guide to writing Fantasy and Sci Fi. He has gone through the entire process as an author but, more importantly, he has seen what works?and what doesn?t?from behind an editor?...

    This is a fantastic book that covers a huge amount of content for its relatively short length. Part of why I could breeze through this book as fast as I did and not have to reference back so much to other things is probably because I'm pretty well read in the genre and I feel like 95% ...

  • Charlie
    Jul 22, 2013

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

  • Peter West
    Apr 08, 2019

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

    Very enjoyable read. Philip Athans touches on lots of subjects in the science-fiction/fantasy genre including the journey of the hero and the villain, creating supporting characters, how much is too much, and what makes a villain tick. The book is not just a guide to writing, it also...

    While the book had lots of good ways to put your research, planning and writing in order AND a lot of agreeable statements, the heteronormativity in the examples paired with a few mentions of same-sex relationships felt like a slap in the face. Also the fact that romance was made to se...

    Great advice for writers in these genres I highlight sections as notes when I read books like this, marking things that I shouldn't forget in the months and years ahead. Usually I'll have maybe ten sections hoghlighted at the end of the book, but in this case more than half of the b...

  • Hene
    May 31, 2019

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

    Very enjoyable read. Philip Athans touches on lots of subjects in the science-fiction/fantasy genre including the journey of the hero and the villain, creating supporting characters, how much is too much, and what makes a villain tick. The book is not just a guide to writing, it also...

    While the book had lots of good ways to put your research, planning and writing in order AND a lot of agreeable statements, the heteronormativity in the examples paired with a few mentions of same-sex relationships felt like a slap in the face. Also the fact that romance was made to se...

  • Liz
    Dec 12, 2012

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

    Very enjoyable read. Philip Athans touches on lots of subjects in the science-fiction/fantasy genre including the journey of the hero and the villain, creating supporting characters, how much is too much, and what makes a villain tick. The book is not just a guide to writing, it also...

    While the book had lots of good ways to put your research, planning and writing in order AND a lot of agreeable statements, the heteronormativity in the examples paired with a few mentions of same-sex relationships felt like a slap in the face. Also the fact that romance was made to se...

    Great advice for writers in these genres I highlight sections as notes when I read books like this, marking things that I shouldn't forget in the months and years ahead. Usually I'll have maybe ten sections hoghlighted at the end of the book, but in this case more than half of the b...

    Lots of handy hints, and good advice, along with a short story by RA Salvatore to top things off. I went through the book over the past few years, and just finished. I don't have a clear recollection of every part of it, but I've made lots of useful notes as a result of this book, so...

    A good guide to writing Fantasy (not so much Science-Fiction). Full of examples that you can riff off when writing your own work. Also, stick around for R A Salvatore?s ?Hugo Mann?s Perfect Soul?, it is a well written short story with a great premise. ...

    Wow, information overload, but in an awesome way! This is better than Orson Scott Card's book on the same subject. There was more focus and details on the aspects that I wanted to learn more about. More later! ...

    It had some interesting points, mainly of how much of descriptions to add in, but I feel like I've learned more from other sources about world building. It didn't go into the depth I was hoping for on subjects like magic and cultures. ...

    Very short and good read on becoming a fantasy/sci fi author. ...

    Some useful advice, but nothing mind blowing or unexpected, and nothing truly practical, just principles and advice. ...

    Bloody brilliant. Lots of good advice here. ...

    I learned A TON from this book on how to write. Recommended for anyone who writes. ...

    A detailed gift of knowledge for anyone starting out in writing Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. ...

    Very helpful! This has helped me so much in my quest to write a fantasy novel and contains some great advice told in a witty and interesting manner. ...

    So I am not a wannabe fantasy writer nor do I have a manuscript collecting dust. But I do wannabe a better book reviewer. I read Ben Bacock's review on Goodreads about the fantasy book, Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, and was inspired with the depth of the review. Not ...

    This Guide is an easy, useful read that is accessible in language, rather than being convoluted. The examples are short, straightforward, and reminded me of what I've read since I was a kid - reading it felt partly nostalgic and partly "Hey! I totally get that!" It's also very open, fl...

  • Ash
    Oct 18, 2014

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

  • Pål
    Jul 16, 2017

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

    Very enjoyable read. Philip Athans touches on lots of subjects in the science-fiction/fantasy genre including the journey of the hero and the villain, creating supporting characters, how much is too much, and what makes a villain tick. The book is not just a guide to writing, it also...

    While the book had lots of good ways to put your research, planning and writing in order AND a lot of agreeable statements, the heteronormativity in the examples paired with a few mentions of same-sex relationships felt like a slap in the face. Also the fact that romance was made to se...

    Great advice for writers in these genres I highlight sections as notes when I read books like this, marking things that I shouldn't forget in the months and years ahead. Usually I'll have maybe ten sections hoghlighted at the end of the book, but in this case more than half of the b...

    Lots of handy hints, and good advice, along with a short story by RA Salvatore to top things off. I went through the book over the past few years, and just finished. I don't have a clear recollection of every part of it, but I've made lots of useful notes as a result of this book, so...

    A good guide to writing Fantasy (not so much Science-Fiction). Full of examples that you can riff off when writing your own work. Also, stick around for R A Salvatore?s ?Hugo Mann?s Perfect Soul?, it is a well written short story with a great premise. ...

    Wow, information overload, but in an awesome way! This is better than Orson Scott Card's book on the same subject. There was more focus and details on the aspects that I wanted to learn more about. More later! ...

    It had some interesting points, mainly of how much of descriptions to add in, but I feel like I've learned more from other sources about world building. It didn't go into the depth I was hoping for on subjects like magic and cultures. ...

    Very short and good read on becoming a fantasy/sci fi author. ...

    Some useful advice, but nothing mind blowing or unexpected, and nothing truly practical, just principles and advice. ...

    Bloody brilliant. Lots of good advice here. ...

  • Jacob
    Mar 05, 2019

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

    Very enjoyable read. Philip Athans touches on lots of subjects in the science-fiction/fantasy genre including the journey of the hero and the villain, creating supporting characters, how much is too much, and what makes a villain tick. The book is not just a guide to writing, it also...

    While the book had lots of good ways to put your research, planning and writing in order AND a lot of agreeable statements, the heteronormativity in the examples paired with a few mentions of same-sex relationships felt like a slap in the face. Also the fact that romance was made to se...

    Great advice for writers in these genres I highlight sections as notes when I read books like this, marking things that I shouldn't forget in the months and years ahead. Usually I'll have maybe ten sections hoghlighted at the end of the book, but in this case more than half of the b...

    Lots of handy hints, and good advice, along with a short story by RA Salvatore to top things off. I went through the book over the past few years, and just finished. I don't have a clear recollection of every part of it, but I've made lots of useful notes as a result of this book, so...

    A good guide to writing Fantasy (not so much Science-Fiction). Full of examples that you can riff off when writing your own work. Also, stick around for R A Salvatore?s ?Hugo Mann?s Perfect Soul?, it is a well written short story with a great premise. ...

    Wow, information overload, but in an awesome way! This is better than Orson Scott Card's book on the same subject. There was more focus and details on the aspects that I wanted to learn more about. More later! ...

    It had some interesting points, mainly of how much of descriptions to add in, but I feel like I've learned more from other sources about world building. It didn't go into the depth I was hoping for on subjects like magic and cultures. ...

    Very short and good read on becoming a fantasy/sci fi author. ...

  • Neil
    Mar 02, 2019

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

    Very enjoyable read. Philip Athans touches on lots of subjects in the science-fiction/fantasy genre including the journey of the hero and the villain, creating supporting characters, how much is too much, and what makes a villain tick. The book is not just a guide to writing, it also...

    While the book had lots of good ways to put your research, planning and writing in order AND a lot of agreeable statements, the heteronormativity in the examples paired with a few mentions of same-sex relationships felt like a slap in the face. Also the fact that romance was made to se...

    Great advice for writers in these genres I highlight sections as notes when I read books like this, marking things that I shouldn't forget in the months and years ahead. Usually I'll have maybe ten sections hoghlighted at the end of the book, but in this case more than half of the b...

    Lots of handy hints, and good advice, along with a short story by RA Salvatore to top things off. I went through the book over the past few years, and just finished. I don't have a clear recollection of every part of it, but I've made lots of useful notes as a result of this book, so...

  • Jenny Baker
    Mar 16, 2017

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

    Very enjoyable read. Philip Athans touches on lots of subjects in the science-fiction/fantasy genre including the journey of the hero and the villain, creating supporting characters, how much is too much, and what makes a villain tick. The book is not just a guide to writing, it also...

    While the book had lots of good ways to put your research, planning and writing in order AND a lot of agreeable statements, the heteronormativity in the examples paired with a few mentions of same-sex relationships felt like a slap in the face. Also the fact that romance was made to se...

    Great advice for writers in these genres I highlight sections as notes when I read books like this, marking things that I shouldn't forget in the months and years ahead. Usually I'll have maybe ten sections hoghlighted at the end of the book, but in this case more than half of the b...

    Lots of handy hints, and good advice, along with a short story by RA Salvatore to top things off. I went through the book over the past few years, and just finished. I don't have a clear recollection of every part of it, but I've made lots of useful notes as a result of this book, so...

    A good guide to writing Fantasy (not so much Science-Fiction). Full of examples that you can riff off when writing your own work. Also, stick around for R A Salvatore?s ?Hugo Mann?s Perfect Soul?, it is a well written short story with a great premise. ...

    Wow, information overload, but in an awesome way! This is better than Orson Scott Card's book on the same subject. There was more focus and details on the aspects that I wanted to learn more about. More later! ...

  • Carbunkle Flux
    Jun 13, 2019

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

  • Emmanuel Arriaga
    Mar 03, 2015

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

  • Tommye Turner
    Nov 01, 2018

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

    Very enjoyable read. Philip Athans touches on lots of subjects in the science-fiction/fantasy genre including the journey of the hero and the villain, creating supporting characters, how much is too much, and what makes a villain tick. The book is not just a guide to writing, it also...

    While the book had lots of good ways to put your research, planning and writing in order AND a lot of agreeable statements, the heteronormativity in the examples paired with a few mentions of same-sex relationships felt like a slap in the face. Also the fact that romance was made to se...

    Great advice for writers in these genres I highlight sections as notes when I read books like this, marking things that I shouldn't forget in the months and years ahead. Usually I'll have maybe ten sections hoghlighted at the end of the book, but in this case more than half of the b...

    Lots of handy hints, and good advice, along with a short story by RA Salvatore to top things off. I went through the book over the past few years, and just finished. I don't have a clear recollection of every part of it, but I've made lots of useful notes as a result of this book, so...

    A good guide to writing Fantasy (not so much Science-Fiction). Full of examples that you can riff off when writing your own work. Also, stick around for R A Salvatore?s ?Hugo Mann?s Perfect Soul?, it is a well written short story with a great premise. ...

    Wow, information overload, but in an awesome way! This is better than Orson Scott Card's book on the same subject. There was more focus and details on the aspects that I wanted to learn more about. More later! ...

    It had some interesting points, mainly of how much of descriptions to add in, but I feel like I've learned more from other sources about world building. It didn't go into the depth I was hoping for on subjects like magic and cultures. ...

    Very short and good read on becoming a fantasy/sci fi author. ...

    Some useful advice, but nothing mind blowing or unexpected, and nothing truly practical, just principles and advice. ...

    Bloody brilliant. Lots of good advice here. ...

    I learned A TON from this book on how to write. Recommended for anyone who writes. ...

    A detailed gift of knowledge for anyone starting out in writing Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. ...

  • Tony
    Nov 07, 2017

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

    Very enjoyable read. Philip Athans touches on lots of subjects in the science-fiction/fantasy genre including the journey of the hero and the villain, creating supporting characters, how much is too much, and what makes a villain tick. The book is not just a guide to writing, it also...

  • Andi_banandi
    Dec 11, 2018

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

    Very enjoyable read. Philip Athans touches on lots of subjects in the science-fiction/fantasy genre including the journey of the hero and the villain, creating supporting characters, how much is too much, and what makes a villain tick. The book is not just a guide to writing, it also...

    While the book had lots of good ways to put your research, planning and writing in order AND a lot of agreeable statements, the heteronormativity in the examples paired with a few mentions of same-sex relationships felt like a slap in the face. Also the fact that romance was made to se...

    Great advice for writers in these genres I highlight sections as notes when I read books like this, marking things that I shouldn't forget in the months and years ahead. Usually I'll have maybe ten sections hoghlighted at the end of the book, but in this case more than half of the b...

    Lots of handy hints, and good advice, along with a short story by RA Salvatore to top things off. I went through the book over the past few years, and just finished. I don't have a clear recollection of every part of it, but I've made lots of useful notes as a result of this book, so...

    A good guide to writing Fantasy (not so much Science-Fiction). Full of examples that you can riff off when writing your own work. Also, stick around for R A Salvatore?s ?Hugo Mann?s Perfect Soul?, it is a well written short story with a great premise. ...

    Wow, information overload, but in an awesome way! This is better than Orson Scott Card's book on the same subject. There was more focus and details on the aspects that I wanted to learn more about. More later! ...

    It had some interesting points, mainly of how much of descriptions to add in, but I feel like I've learned more from other sources about world building. It didn't go into the depth I was hoping for on subjects like magic and cultures. ...

  • Neuravinci
    Jan 14, 2018

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

    Very enjoyable read. Philip Athans touches on lots of subjects in the science-fiction/fantasy genre including the journey of the hero and the villain, creating supporting characters, how much is too much, and what makes a villain tick. The book is not just a guide to writing, it also...

    While the book had lots of good ways to put your research, planning and writing in order AND a lot of agreeable statements, the heteronormativity in the examples paired with a few mentions of same-sex relationships felt like a slap in the face. Also the fact that romance was made to se...

    Great advice for writers in these genres I highlight sections as notes when I read books like this, marking things that I shouldn't forget in the months and years ahead. Usually I'll have maybe ten sections hoghlighted at the end of the book, but in this case more than half of the b...

    Lots of handy hints, and good advice, along with a short story by RA Salvatore to top things off. I went through the book over the past few years, and just finished. I don't have a clear recollection of every part of it, but I've made lots of useful notes as a result of this book, so...

    A good guide to writing Fantasy (not so much Science-Fiction). Full of examples that you can riff off when writing your own work. Also, stick around for R A Salvatore?s ?Hugo Mann?s Perfect Soul?, it is a well written short story with a great premise. ...

    Wow, information overload, but in an awesome way! This is better than Orson Scott Card's book on the same subject. There was more focus and details on the aspects that I wanted to learn more about. More later! ...

    It had some interesting points, mainly of how much of descriptions to add in, but I feel like I've learned more from other sources about world building. It didn't go into the depth I was hoping for on subjects like magic and cultures. ...

    Very short and good read on becoming a fantasy/sci fi author. ...

    Some useful advice, but nothing mind blowing or unexpected, and nothing truly practical, just principles and advice. ...

    Bloody brilliant. Lots of good advice here. ...

    I learned A TON from this book on how to write. Recommended for anyone who writes. ...

  • Jakk Makk
    Feb 09, 2017

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

  • Annie
    Mar 21, 2017

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

    Very enjoyable read. Philip Athans touches on lots of subjects in the science-fiction/fantasy genre including the journey of the hero and the villain, creating supporting characters, how much is too much, and what makes a villain tick. The book is not just a guide to writing, it also...

    While the book had lots of good ways to put your research, planning and writing in order AND a lot of agreeable statements, the heteronormativity in the examples paired with a few mentions of same-sex relationships felt like a slap in the face. Also the fact that romance was made to se...

    Great advice for writers in these genres I highlight sections as notes when I read books like this, marking things that I shouldn't forget in the months and years ahead. Usually I'll have maybe ten sections hoghlighted at the end of the book, but in this case more than half of the b...

    Lots of handy hints, and good advice, along with a short story by RA Salvatore to top things off. I went through the book over the past few years, and just finished. I don't have a clear recollection of every part of it, but I've made lots of useful notes as a result of this book, so...

    A good guide to writing Fantasy (not so much Science-Fiction). Full of examples that you can riff off when writing your own work. Also, stick around for R A Salvatore?s ?Hugo Mann?s Perfect Soul?, it is a well written short story with a great premise. ...

    Wow, information overload, but in an awesome way! This is better than Orson Scott Card's book on the same subject. There was more focus and details on the aspects that I wanted to learn more about. More later! ...

    It had some interesting points, mainly of how much of descriptions to add in, but I feel like I've learned more from other sources about world building. It didn't go into the depth I was hoping for on subjects like magic and cultures. ...

    Very short and good read on becoming a fantasy/sci fi author. ...

    Some useful advice, but nothing mind blowing or unexpected, and nothing truly practical, just principles and advice. ...

    Bloody brilliant. Lots of good advice here. ...

    I learned A TON from this book on how to write. Recommended for anyone who writes. ...

    A detailed gift of knowledge for anyone starting out in writing Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. ...

    Very helpful! This has helped me so much in my quest to write a fantasy novel and contains some great advice told in a witty and interesting manner. ...

  • James Cooper
    Nov 06, 2017

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

    Very enjoyable read. Philip Athans touches on lots of subjects in the science-fiction/fantasy genre including the journey of the hero and the villain, creating supporting characters, how much is too much, and what makes a villain tick. The book is not just a guide to writing, it also...

    While the book had lots of good ways to put your research, planning and writing in order AND a lot of agreeable statements, the heteronormativity in the examples paired with a few mentions of same-sex relationships felt like a slap in the face. Also the fact that romance was made to se...

    Great advice for writers in these genres I highlight sections as notes when I read books like this, marking things that I shouldn't forget in the months and years ahead. Usually I'll have maybe ten sections hoghlighted at the end of the book, but in this case more than half of the b...

    Lots of handy hints, and good advice, along with a short story by RA Salvatore to top things off. I went through the book over the past few years, and just finished. I don't have a clear recollection of every part of it, but I've made lots of useful notes as a result of this book, so...

    A good guide to writing Fantasy (not so much Science-Fiction). Full of examples that you can riff off when writing your own work. Also, stick around for R A Salvatore?s ?Hugo Mann?s Perfect Soul?, it is a well written short story with a great premise. ...

  • Daniel B-G
    Mar 08, 2018

    Oh, 5 stars all the way, man! ...

    Don't let's start. Let us never speak of this. Waited a week to see if my feelings changed, they didn't. ...

    Very well done! The cover's promise of "6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!" might lead one to expect a more plug-and-crank-formulaic production than this is - it's not a cookbook. The "steps" are general, more "what" than "how", although there is plenty of useful inform...

    This book was full of some very helpful pointers for anyone wanting to delve into the sci-fi or fantasy writing genre. I wouldn't say it was THE guide, but it gave me some decent instruction. What I liked most were the examples (even if they were a bit silly) that really brought the ti...

    Basically tells all the must-know stuff for new authors. ...

    This was more of a book for absolute beginners, so a rating feels almost unfair. The advice the book gives is functional, I'm just not at that level. That said, I will stick to my 3 star rating because the book is too long, covers too much and only scratches the surface on most of i...

    OK - I have read a few books, and this book has it all laid out - there are no guides for outlining and structuring - there are no comments about 3 act vs 4 act or sequences - this is about the writing of Fantasy and Science Fiction - they are going with the tools that you already know...

    I actually wanted Writing Monsters by Athans but my library didn't have so I made due with this one. I don't read a lot of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. However, the titles I have read, I have greatly appreciated it. Also, because of that, I was afraid that this book was going to be ...

    This book has been a very good read. Although many of the lessons taught in the book I had learned through other channels, it is a good step by step guide on how to begin the process of putting together a novel. I think if I had this book many years ago it may have helped speed along s...

    This book has a lot of the same tips and tricks as other how to books I've read. What is really nice about this book is that the chapters are nice and brief; time isn't wasted blathering on and on. And I did pick up a few tidbits to keep in kind for my own writing projects, so I'm glad...

    This was well on its way to being a three-star book, the reason being it's a very surface-level flyby of how to write speculative fiction. Chapters are rarely longer than three to five pages, and the information given, while standing on firm claims, seldom delves into the nitty gritty ...

    Although I?ve written and published mystery novels, working on my first urban fantasy feels like starting over in some ways. The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction made me rethink certain strategies and consider things I hadn?t thought of. Above all, this book reminded me...

    Very enjoyable read. Philip Athans touches on lots of subjects in the science-fiction/fantasy genre including the journey of the hero and the villain, creating supporting characters, how much is too much, and what makes a villain tick. The book is not just a guide to writing, it also...

    While the book had lots of good ways to put your research, planning and writing in order AND a lot of agreeable statements, the heteronormativity in the examples paired with a few mentions of same-sex relationships felt like a slap in the face. Also the fact that romance was made to se...

    Great advice for writers in these genres I highlight sections as notes when I read books like this, marking things that I shouldn't forget in the months and years ahead. Usually I'll have maybe ten sections hoghlighted at the end of the book, but in this case more than half of the b...

    Lots of handy hints, and good advice, along with a short story by RA Salvatore to top things off. I went through the book over the past few years, and just finished. I don't have a clear recollection of every part of it, but I've made lots of useful notes as a result of this book, so...

    A good guide to writing Fantasy (not so much Science-Fiction). Full of examples that you can riff off when writing your own work. Also, stick around for R A Salvatore?s ?Hugo Mann?s Perfect Soul?, it is a well written short story with a great premise. ...

    Wow, information overload, but in an awesome way! This is better than Orson Scott Card's book on the same subject. There was more focus and details on the aspects that I wanted to learn more about. More later! ...

    It had some interesting points, mainly of how much of descriptions to add in, but I feel like I've learned more from other sources about world building. It didn't go into the depth I was hoping for on subjects like magic and cultures. ...

    Very short and good read on becoming a fantasy/sci fi author. ...

    Some useful advice, but nothing mind blowing or unexpected, and nothing truly practical, just principles and advice. ...