Wonderbook

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ISBN: 1419704427
Release Date: 2013-10-15
Number of pages: 352
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

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


Wonderbook

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ISBN: 1613124635
Release Date: 2013-06-01
Number of pages: 272
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: Abrams Image

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The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

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ISBN: 9781440507298
Release Date: 2010-06-18
Number of pages: 256
Author: Philip Athans
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

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


The Steampunk Bible

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ISBN: 9781613121665
Release Date: 2012-06-01
Number of pages: 224
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: Abrams

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


The Fantasy Fiction Formula

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ISBN: 9781784996055
Release Date: 2016-01-01
Number of pages:
Author: Deborah Chester
Publisher: Oxford University Press

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


How to Write Science Fiction Fantasy

Filename: how-to-write-science-fiction-fantasy.pdf
ISBN: 158297103X
Release Date: 2001-09-15
Number of pages: 140
Author: Orson Scott Card
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

Download and read online How to Write Science Fiction Fantasy in PDF and EPUB Offers tips and advice on writing science fiction, discussing the rules of fiction, and how to structure a successful story.


How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps

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ISBN: 9781440340321
Release Date: 2015-08-04
Number of pages: 128
Author: Jared Blando
Publisher: IMPACT

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


Worlds of Wonder

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ISBN: PSU:000045700750
Release Date: 2001
Number of pages: 246
Author: David Gerrold
Publisher: Writers Digest Books

Download and read online Worlds of Wonder in PDF and EPUB Worlds of Wonder showcases the range and power of the human imagination, transported across strange worlds, lost civilizations, and brave new realities. Now, with the help of David Gerrold, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author, readers will learn, step-by-step, how to turn their words into works of wonder.Drawing on a career spanning three decades of writing and teaching, Gerrold also uses examples from numerous classic books and films to support their growth within the genre. Readers will gain insight into the craft as well as practice techniques that will immediately improve their writing as they are charmed and challenged by Gerrold's infectious passion for his craft and profession. Worlds of Wonder will ignite the engines of readers' enthusiasm in ways that will astonish them.* Written by one of the biggest, most-recognized and most-honored names in the field!* the science fiction and fantasy genres are currently riding a new wave of popularityDavid Gerrold is one of the most popular science fiction writers working today. His first professional sale, the Star Trek episode "Trouble With Tribbles," won a Hugo Award. He has written for television, published over forty books, and has written columns for six magazines. In 1995, his novelette the Martian Child won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Gerrold lives in San Fernando, California, and teaches writing at Pepperdine University.


The Kick Ass Writer

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ISBN: 9781599637730
Release Date: 2013-10-17
Number of pages: 282
Author: Chuck Wendig
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

Download and read online The Kick Ass Writer in PDF and EPUB The journey to become a successful writer is long, fraught with peril, and filled with difficult questions: How do i write dialogue? How do I build suspense? What should I know about query letters? Where do I start? The best way to answer these questions is to ditch your uncertainty and transform yourself into a KICK-ASS writer. Chuck Wendig will show you how with an explosive broadside of gritty advice that will destroy your fears, clear the path, and help you find your voice, your story, and your audience. You'll explore the fundamentals of writing, learn how to obtain publication, and master the skills you need to build an army of dedicated fans. No task is too large or small for the kick-ass writer. With his trademark acerbic wit and gut-punch humor, Wendig will explain: How to build suspense, craft characters, and defeat writer's block. How to write a scene, an ending--even a sentence. Blogging techniques, social media skills, and crowdfunding. How to write a query letter, talk to agents, and deal with failure--and success! Whether you're just starting out or you need one more push to get you over the top, two things are certain--a kick-ass writer never quits, and Chuck Wendig won't let you down in this high-octane guide to becoming the writer you were born to be!


The Steampunk User s Manual

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ISBN: 9781613127087
Release Date: 2014-10-10
Number of pages: 256
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: Abrams

Download and read online The Steampunk User s Manual in PDF and EPUB Steampunk, the retro-futuristic cultural movement, has become a substantial and permanent genre in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. A large part of its appeal is that, at its core, Steampunk is about doing it yourself: building on the past while also innovating and creating something original. VanderMeer’s latest book offers practical and inspirational guidance for readers to find their individual path into this realm. Including sections on art, fashion, architecture, crafts, music, performance, and storytelling, The Steampunk User’s Manual provides a conceptual how-to guide that motivates and awes both the armchair enthusiast and the committed creator. Examples range from the utterly doable to the completely over-the-top, encouraging participation and imagination at all levels.


The Weird

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ISBN: 9780857894878
Release Date: 2011-10-31
Number of pages: 1152
Author: Ann VanderMeer
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

Download and read online The Weird in PDF and EPUB From Lovecraft to Borges to Gaiman, a century of intrepid literary experimentation has created a corpus of dark and strange stories that transcend all known genre boundaries. Together these stories form The Weird and amongst its practitioners number some of the greatest names in twentieth and twenty-first century literature. Exotic and esoteric, The Weird plunges you into dark domains and brings you face to face with surreal monstrosities; you won't find any elves or wizards here... but you will find the boldest and downright most peculiar stories from the last hundred years bound together in the biggest Weird collection ever assembled. The Weird features an all star cast of authors, from classics to international bestsellers to Booker prize winners. Here are Ben Okri and George R.R. Martin, Angela Carter and Kelly Link, Franz Kafka and China Miville, Clive Barker and Haruki Murakami, M.R. James and Neil Gaiman, Mervyn Peake and Michael Chabon, Stephen King and Daphne Du Maurier.


Elsewhere

Filename: elsewhere.pdf
ISBN: 9780307959546
Release Date: 2012-10-30
Number of pages: 256
Author: Richard Russo
Publisher: Vintage

Download and read online Elsewhere in PDF and EPUB A Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction An NPR Best Book of 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo turns to memoir in this hilarious and bittersweet account of his lifelong bond with his high-strung, spirited mother—and the small town she spent her life trying to escape. Anyone familiar with Russo’s novels will recognize Gloversville—once famous for producing nine out of ten dress gloves in the United States. By the time Rick was born, ladies had stopped wearing gloves and Gloversville was on its way out. Jean Russo instilled in her son her dream of a better life elsewhere, a dream that prompted her to follow him across the country when he went to college. Their adventures and tribulations on that road trip were a preview of the hold his mother would continue to have on him as she kept trying desperately to change her life. Recounted with a clear-eyed mix of regret, nostalgia, and love, Elsewhere is a stirring tribute to the tenacious grip of the past.


Creating Character Emotions

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ISBN: 1884910335
Release Date: 1998-02-15
Number of pages: 170
Author: Ann Hood
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

Download and read online Creating Character Emotions in PDF and EPUB Offers advice on writing about emotions, and shares examples of good writing for emotions ranging from anger and desire to suspicion and tenderness


Building Imaginary Worlds

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ISBN: 9781136220814
Release Date: 2014-03-14
Number of pages: 408
Author: Mark J.P. Wolf
Publisher: Routledge

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


Why Should I Cut Your Throat

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ISBN: 1932265112
Release Date: 2004-01-01
Number of pages: 335
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: Monkeybrain

Download and read online Why Should I Cut Your Throat in PDF and EPUB This nonfiction collection is an engaging look into the worlds of Science Fiction. Fantasy and Horror. This often hilarious insider's view of the genres is lively and engaging. full of sharp observations.