Writing Resources

We’ve rounded up some guides to writing fiction - long and short - to help get your mind whirling. You'll find here too some links to articles about sci-fi writing, and the history of science inspiring fiction (and vice-versa). Happy reading.  

Here’s how short-story author David Gaffney describes his 150-word tales: “These stories, small as they were, had a huge appetite; little fat monsters that gobbled up ideas like chicken nuggets.” He’s put together some advice for other writers looking to go short

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/may/14/how-to-write-flash-fiction

And in this piece, modern-day authors share their “ten rules for writing” (they aren’t for flash fiction particularly, but some can still apply):

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fictio...

 

“A short story must have single mood and every sentence must build towards it,” said renowned American writer Edgar Allan Poe. His quote is included in the book “Advice to Writers” by Jon Winokur, “a compendium of quotes, anecdotes, and writerly wisdom from a dazzling array of literary lights”. Some highlights appear on the brain pickings blog:

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/12/29/advice-to-writers/

 

Here are some great posts by Scientific American’s bloggers about inspiration flowing between science and fiction:

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cocktail-party-physics/2013/01/27/wh...

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/culturing-science/2011/09/29/why-sci...

 

On the website io9 “we come from the future”, find a run-down of breakable rules in sci-fi writing:

http://io9.com/5879434/10-writing-rules-we-wish-more-science-fiction-and...

 

Did you know Britain has a National Flash Fiction Day? This website has some great resources and stories:

http://nationalflashfictionday.co.uk/

 
Last but not least, reading is always a good prelude to writing. If you want to sample flash fiction from a variety of genres, check out these sites:

http://www.nature.com/news/futures

http://flashfictiononline.com/main/

http://365tomorrows.com/

http://www.newscientist.com/special/sci-fi-the-fiction-of-now