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How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy

Written by eastern writer on Monday, February 28, 2011

# Author : Orson Scott Card
# Paperback: 140 pages
# Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; New edition edition (27 Sep 2001)
# Language English
# ISBN-10: 158297103X
# ISBN-13: 978-1582971032

This is an excellent read and a stimulating package of advice for anyone interested in writing science fiction or fantasy. Orson Scott Card makes an immediate point: no one can teach you how to write in these genres. What he sets out to do is deliver a superb exposition of the process of creativity and how it infests the imagination. He delivers a vision of creativity as a process, one you can stimulate and use, rather than something you sit back and wait for. Inspiration might be creative, but creativity is not limited to inspiration. Here we have an analysis of how ideas emerge and how they take root.

Card questions what is science fiction, what is fantasy? He offers advice and generates a score of absorbing ideas. But his advice takes a vital, practical direction. If you wish to write, then read, read, read!

To succeed as a writer, there is no magic formula. You need to learn the skills of your trade, you need to learn to free your imagination, and then you need discipline and the determination to work hard and improve and hone your skills.

An excellent, stimulating read, well worth the money, and a book you will treasure.

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