by Orson Scott Card

Published by Writer’s Digest Books

A review by John Irvin


“Stories start working on you in a thousand different ways.”

From the back cover blurb:

            You’ve always dreamed of writing science fiction and fantasy—tales that pull readers in to extraordinary worlds and fantastic conflicts. Best-selling author Orson Scott Card shows you how it’s done, distilling years of writing experience and publishing success into concise, no-nonsense advice. You’ll learn how to:

  • Wield story elements that “define” the science fiction and fantasy genres
  • Build, populate and dramatize a credible, inviting world your readers will want to explore
  • Develop the “rules” of time, space and magic that affect your world and its inhabitants
  • Construct a compelling story by developing ideas, characters and events that keep readers turning pages
  • Find the markets for speculative fiction, reach them and get published
  • Submit queries, write cover letters, find an agent and live the life of a writer

The boundaries of your imagination are infinite. Explore them with Orson Scott Card and create fiction that casts a spell over agents, publishers, and readers from every world.

How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card, A Review

            This was the very first Orson Scott Card book I ever picked up. From reading it, being inspired with several ideas that have been developing over the years since I bought and read this work, I now want to collect many of his other books.

            Even when he’s talking about writing Science Fiction & Fantasy, I was drawn into his world. The examples he gave lit my imagination! I could see the creatures he described, the cloaked characters possessing magical powers, the serene landscapes on other worlds—there is something about Card’s writing that allures me.

            I want to write like that. I hope one day my own writing will be just as desirable. I want my readers to be so swept up in my stories they forget to turn off the rice boiling on the stove—wait, no, I don’t want that. That’s mean and also dangerous. But you get what I mean, right?

            Are you a beginning writer? Or maybe you already have one book published under you belt? Either way, I believe this book is a must need for anyone wanting to write science fiction or fantasy. It’s one of those you’ll re-read!

Not sure? Check the link out: HOW TO WRITE SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY.

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