Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Resources for speculative fiction writers
1. Action Central
A great collection of links about writing action scenes. Myths about martial arts, the reality of sword-fighting and even Poul Anderson’s famous “On Thud and Blunder” essay – it’s all here.
2. Planets for Man
Co-authored by Stephen Cole and Isaac Asimov, this book is available as a free pdf and discusses the properties of planets with regard to whether or not humans can first reach and then survive on them.
3. Horror Factor
An excellent collection of online articles offering tips, advice and information on what’s been done to death already. No pun intended. I don’t write in this genre, but some of these suggestions would be useful to any writer wanting to build suspense.
Horror writers use many techniques to heighten the terror in their work. One of my favorites is the bottleneck.
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