Flavorwire Exclusive: Writing Advice From George R.R. Martin, Karen Lord, and Other Sci-Fi/Fantasy Authors

If you’re looking for a handy guide to not just crafting imaginative fiction like sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, but to writing in general, be sure to pick up a copy of Steampunk Bible author Jeff Vandermeer’s lovingly compiled Wonderbook. The beautifully illustrated book features some of the biggest names in genre fiction, from Ursula K. Le Guin to up-and-comers like Charles Yu, discussing the process they use to create new stories, new creatures, and new worlds.

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We think so highly of Vandermeer’s effort that we’ve gotten their permission to present to you a few wonderful excerpts from the book, including thoughts on writing from George R.R. Martin, Lev Grossman, and Karen Lord, as well as an unpublished essay by Kim Stanley Robinson.