How To Write a Fantasy Novel or Science Fiction
Write an outstanding science fiction or fantasy book with our specialist SFF team for adult, middle-grade, and young adult speculative fiction and we’ll help you find a literary agent too.
How do you bring a sense of true wonder to your story? How does your fantasy novel become a bestseller loved by writers of all ages? Where do you start if you want to write an epic fantasy or a fantasy series? How much should remain familiar and how much should be magical or speculative for a transporting but ‘feels real’ reading experience?
If you’re beginning to write in the fantasy, science fiction or speculative genres (SFF) or you have novel in progress, our expert SFF department will help you structure and write your story in manageable chunks to spare you from feeling overwhelmed.
Your year with us begins with our famous Classic Course to give you a foundation in world-building to develop your plot. You’ll write your story with coaching from our team of expert enthusiasts who will be delighted to work with you on all things speculative – whether that’s horror or cyberpunk, magical realism or gothic, classic dystopia or epic fantasy; we love it all. We’ll bring magic to your science and science to your magic.
Our fantasy and science fiction offering at a glance
The SFF Department
With award-winning speculative fiction authors and SFF editorial team.
The Classic Course
55 lessons for the ultimate world-building learning experience.
Enjoy the company of your online SFF writing group and special SFF and YA fiction workshops.
A year’s access to the course and coaching with SFF authors and editors when you join as a member.
Learn from Exciting Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers
We’ll look at the fantasy novels that have become some of the most enduring works of fiction ever published and you’ll learn how to use tropes to engage your reader while avoiding clichés, how to pace your writing, and how to move the story along with conflict as the prime mover of plot.
As Stephen King put it, books are portable magic. Starting with The Classic Course, the first phase of our 3-stage program, we’ll show you how to create magic in fiction. Discover the secrets of world-building used by classic and bestselling authors J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Philip Pullman, as well as the contemporary fantasy and science fiction novels shaking the industry.
The Classic Course Stages – Your Fantasy Story Starts Here
When you join us for The Book in a Year ® plan, you’ll go on to write your novel with expert coaching in the second phase of your year with us with The Ninety Day Novel Course, and then on to revise and edit it to publishing standards with our SFF editorial team in the third phase of your year with The Big Edit.
Your Sci-Fi or Fantasy Novel Starts Here
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Our SFF Team
Polly is the author of a dystopian fiction novel for adults and six middle grade children’s novels. Her children’s books have been nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.
Editor. Before joining The Novelry, Craig Leyenaar was a Commissioning Editor at the famous Titan Books, a publisher specialising in science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime and thrillers, and home to authors including Stephen King, V.E. Schwab, James Lovegrove and Mikey Spillane.
Fantasy Writing Prompt
This is useful because we find it helps writers immerse themselves in a dynamic world, where they have to think about the realities of a setting and also how their characters actually function inside of it.
If you’re struggling to world-build and bring a location to life, place your protagonist in a market. Is the market outdoors or indoors? What is the weather like? Is it a bustling village market or a chaotic bazaar in a city centre? What kind of wares are being sold? What kind of people are buying them? How are the people dressed, and how do they behave? And what is your protagonist doing? What do they want to buy? How do they navigate their world?
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