Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

I had the honor of being invited to join the massive lineup for the fifth book of the Now Write! series, among heavyweights like Harlan Ellison, Piers Anthony or Jack Ketchum. My contribution is called The Constant Writer, and is the very first one you read in the “Plotting” section. Here’s some more information about the book, which was published in February 20th, 2014.


Featuring speculative fiction-writing exercises from Harlan Ellison (R), Piers Anthony, Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, screenwriters of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek: The Next Generation, and many more.

The fifth volume in the acclaimed Now Write! writing-guide series offers a full toolbox of advice and exercises for speculative fiction writers hoping to craft an engaging alternate reality, flesh out an enthralling fantasy quest, or dream up a bloodcurdling plot twist, including:

Harlan Ellison (R), on crafting the perfect story title.
Jack Ketchum, on how economy of language helps create a truly frightening tale.
Piers Anthony, on making fantastical characters feel genuine and relatable.

Among the other writers incluided are: Steven Barnes, Peter Briggs, David Brin, Sara B. Cooper, Brian James Freeman, Joe R. Lansdale, Bruce McAllister, Vonda N. McIntyre, William F. Nolan, Michael Reaves, Melissa Scott, Michael Dillon Scott, Vanessa Vaughn and others.

This collection of storytelling secrets from top genre writers—including winners of Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Bram Stoker awards—is essential for any writer looking to take a leap beyond the ordinary.


“One of my favorite entries is Diego Valenzuela‘s contribution for plotting an entire story using a personal iTunes music library.” –New York Journal of Books




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