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A Piece of The Secret to Professional Writing—Revealed!

The secret that separates pro fiction from beginners', and how to capitalize on it.

In this landmark work, long time Critters Writers' Workshop member Robert Qualkinbush has analyzed the openings of over 1,400(!) speculative fiction pieces -- science fiction and fantasy -- from both professionals and new writers. He's f
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Kindle Edition, 116 pages
Published June 26th 2013 by ReAnimus Press (first published March 22nd 2012)
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Bruce McNair
I've attempted to read this several times without success until now. I found it a little difficult to understand without a bit more writing knowledge. There are some nuggets here that might be useful to writers, but it will take some experimentation. ...more
Katia M. Davis
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is very true the spec fic reader is different to the traditional audience, we are willing and even expect to wait for information. As someone who also writes spec fic, I got a dose of this first hand from a proofreader a few months ago. After subsisting on a steady diet of Stephen King, my high fantasy piece did not sit well with them. I had written what I considered an intriguing introduction that left the reader with questions about the world so they would want to read on. The conversation ...more
Carol March
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most valuable books I've read recently on writing speculative fiction is "How To Improve Your Speculative Fiction Openings" by Robert Qualkinbush. I got in on Kindle when it was first released by Reanimus Press which is run by Andrew Burt of Critters, an online critique group for writers of speculative fiction, but it is now available in print on Amazon.

Qualkinbush analyzes 1400 professionally published short story openings and came up with some interesting trends. First he discover
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Rekka
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of the book contains advice I've read in varying language from many sources. However there is one piece of information on openings that is taken from a survey of professional examples that makes this book worth it. It reads quickly and provides graphs and tables to help you apply the information to your own work based on the speculative concepts you need to express. ...more
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The use of examples after the theory are great! I found this short work extremely helpful in my writing. Try it.
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