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Genre Fiction Writing

Books which advise on genre writing, including science fiction and fantasy, horror, romance and crime.

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Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction (Writing Handbooks)

Lisa Tuttle
A & C Black Publishers Ltd

The author of six novels, editor and SF writing course teacher provides an excellent introduction to the subject. She discusses what makes Fantasy different and how you build a science fiction world, as well as dealing with ideas, world-building, language and structure. The book covers novels, short stories and writing for children, as well as finding an agent and markets for your work..

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Writing Crime Fiction (Writing Handbooks)

H.R.F. Keating
A&C Black Academic and Professional

The distinguished crime writer draws on the classic detective fiction of the 20s and 30s for his writerly analysis of the craft, in a book which Ruth Rendell has called ‘a private godsend’.

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The Crime Writer's Sourcebook (Writers' guides)

Douglas Wynn
Allison & Busby

Under headings such as ‘Killer Women’ and Killer Couples’ details real crimes which can be used as source material. The crime writer Frances Fyfield recommended it as ‘a genuinely useful addition to a crime writer’s shelf.’

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The Craft of Writing Romance (Writers' Bookshop)

Jean Saunders, Spencer Hart
Writers' Bookshop

The author of more than 80 novels under various pseudonyms provides a practical and encouraging short guide to writing romantic novels.

Genre Fiction Writing


Worlds of Wonder: How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy

David Gerrold
Titan Books Ltd

The bestselling author, who had his own first success with writing an episode for Star Wars, gives a precise chapter-by-chapter breakdown of how to write in this genre.

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Writing Crime Novels

John Paxton Sheriff
Robert Hale Ltd

Drawing on 35 years of writing experience, the author gives a clear and helpful introduction to writing crime fiction.

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Writing Romances

Rita Gallagher, Rita Clay Estrada
Writer's Digest Books

Collection of pieces on writing romance and getting it published, presenting an insider's view. Successful authors who have contributed include Janet Daley and Jude Deveraux.

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How to Write a Dirty Story: Reading, Writing, and Publishing Erotica

Susie Bright
Simon and Schuster

From the editor of the bestselling Best of American Erotica series and ‘reigning queen of contemporary erotica’, this shows you how to read, write and publish erotic fiction for the insatiable erotica publishing industry. Susie Bright covers tricks of the trade, how to produce unique ideas, mastering erotic language, practical erotic writing exercises and selling your work.

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Writing Horror Fiction (Writing Handbooks)

G Smith
Methuen Drama

Prolific writer of horror novels covers the writing of all kinds of horror fiction, including novels, short stories, graphic novels and horror writing for children.

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The Joy of Writing Sex

Elizabeth Benedict
Souvenir Press Ltd

An unusual book about writing sex, which is both practical and philosophical in its approach.  Our reviewer said: 'This is not a how-to-write guide in the classic sense' but went on to say that 'her book should be required reading for anyone who professes an interest in fiction.'

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How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy

Orson Scott Card

Hugo award-winning reference from a bestselling author, who is committed to helping new authors. This fairly basic book is described by the Chicago Sun Times as ‘a must for science fiction writers at any stage of their career.’ Card shows you how to wield story elements together; build, populate and dramatise a credible world; and create a novel your reader will want to explore. Plus also information on markets and how to reach them.

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Writing Erotic Fiction (Books for Writers)

Derek Parker
A & C Black Publishers Ltd

The author of 15 erotic novels tells you how to tackle the genre, including advising on language and on how explicit the writing should be, using many quotations.

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