Writing Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Title: Writing Sci-Fi & Fantasy: A Book of Writing Prompts
Published by: Abrams Noterie
Release Date: February 11, 2020
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I’m a member of the The Writers’ Grotto and am thrilled to have written the foreword for the Writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy installment of the Lit Starts Writing prompt series. The first four books in the series, Writing Action, Writing Character, Writing Dialogue, and Writing Humor, are available now!

A fill-in book from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, authors of the best-selling 642 Things series

Focus on a single aspect of the craft of writing with help from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy (February 2020) starts with a foreword by author Dorothy Hearst, who offers pointers for writing speculative fiction and inventing fantastic new worlds. The rest of the book consists of prompts and space to write, providing opportunities to consider the rules that govern your imagined universe. Among other ideas, you’ll explore the various aspects of world-building by:

•  writing a timeline of the history of your imagined place
•  describing what the inhabitants of your world look like
•  detailing transportation from city to city or planet to planet
•  figuring out who’s in charge and whether or not they should be

Perfectly sized to take to a café, on vacation, or on your morning commute, this book is designed for practicing your creative writing a little bit at a time.

Check out the other books in this series: Writing Action, Writing Character, Writing Dialogue, Writing Humor, and Memoir.


"Good writing begins with WRITING–anything! JUST WRITE, GODAMMIT! Inside these books are 388 wildly creative, ridiculously fun ideas and prompts to get you going. Seriously, if these workbooks don't get you going, then you need to forget about writing and go open a dry-cleaning franchise."
Mary Roach, bestselling author of Stiff, Spook, Bonk, and Grunt, among others