So you want to write speculative fiction?

It’s time to get that fantastic world that’s been stuck inside your head for years, complete with dragons and androids, onto paper! Whether you’ve written several novels already and need a resource to refresh your storytelling or you’ve got a single idea that’s ready to be transformed, Making Myths and Magic was written for you.

Fantasy author Shelly Campbell and executive editor Allison Alexander have teamed up to provide a comprehensive resource for speculative fiction writers, distilling the information they’ve learned from years in the publishing industry. They also take a deep dive through your favourite media, including The Lord of the Rings, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Star Wars, The Legend of Zelda, The Hunger Games, and more, to keep you inspired and engaged as you grow in your craft.

In this concise, friendly guide, you’ll learn how to:

  • Brainstorm and outline.

  • Structure your novel.

  • Hook readers from the first sentence,

  • Add tension and conflict.

  • Play with familiar tropes from sci-fi and fantasy in new ways.

  • Write within your sub-genre and for your target audience.

  • Create three-dimensional, diverse characters.

  • Write myths, songs, riddles, and prophecies.

  • Craft unique societies.

  • Design creatures and monsters.

  • Design worlds and planets.

  • Create magic systems and imagine futuristic science.

  • Describe clothing, weapons, and armour.


Take your imagination beyond the expected and use this book to bring readers into the wondrous worlds you create.