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Putting the Science in Fiction

A great new resource for writers will be published next month by Writers Digest. Putting the Science in Fiction is a fabulous collection of articles about scientific topics of interest to authors. Topics are wide-ranging and include biology, medicine, computer science, geology, and space travel, among others. Each article is written by an expert in the field, many of whom also happen to be writers. The collection is edited by Dan Koboldt, and is based on his popular Science in Science in Sci Fi, Fact in Fantasy Blog. While many of the articles in the book are similar to the blog posts, they’ve all been expanded and updated for the book, plus there are some new articles as well. Best of all, New Zealand makes a great showing in Putting the Science in Fiction;four of the 59 articles were written by Kiwis! Christchurch-based authors Judy Mohr and Robinne Weiss each contributed two articles to the book. Way to go NZ! Putting the Science in Fiction is available for pre-order now, and will be released on 16 October.
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Resources 

Writers’ Non-Fiction Resources by Members

Many of our members have works available aimed at helping you improve your writing skills. A few of these are listed here, and we will be building up a list over at a dedicated page of Non-Fiction Resources. Do you have a resource you’d like us to let others know about? Email us at specficnz@gmail.com

Write the Fight Right, by Alan Baxter

 “The best way for a writer to learn what’s really involved in brawling, short of going down the pub and starting something.” – Pete, WA

“Based on my successful workshops, this is a short (~12,000 word) ebook all about writing convincing fight scenes. When I read a good book or story and then come across a fight scene written by an author who clearly knows nothing of fighting, it can really spoil an otherwise excellent experience. Most writers tend to regurgitate what they’ve seen on TV and in movies, converting that to text, which makes for a slow, unrealistic scene. We have the great advantage in prose that we can get into our characters’ heads, we can describe how things feel, smell and taste as well as the emotional content that film can never convey. We can also describe a far more realistic fight, with the kind of techniques and in-fighting that doesn’t show up on film, but is actually the real essence of a fight.” Alan Baxter. | Read More...

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Author: Door And Stone Wall by George Hodan Blog Trending Kiwi Writers SpecFicNZ 

The Sorcery of Building Doors

Author: Door And Stone Wall by George Hodan“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” ~  Milton Berle

This is a quote that resonates with me, not as a carpenter (I don’t know my slidey-cut-wood-tool from my bang-in-nails-thing) but as a writer.

We are cursed (in the Chinese sense) to live in Interesting Times. Now, more than any period in history, writers are able to communicate with a global audience. We can create stories and share them with anyone, the best part is; they give us money for them!

Wait, what? Money?

What sorcery is this??

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Featured Work 

The Well-Presented Manuscript

The Well-Presented Manuscript: Just What You Need to Know to Make Your Fiction Look Professional, by Mike Reeves-McMillan.

From a reviewer, fiction author, and former trad-pub copy editor and technical writer, this concise guide to punctuation, sentence structure, typo spotting and basic research comes from analysing the most common errors in nearly 250 indie and traditionally-published books.

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