From the moment your character appears on page one and all the way to the end, they are your ambassador to your story, to your story world, and to everything that happens, also to what has happened, and what could happen.”

For science fiction and fantasy authors who want to create optimistic stories

A podcast for visionaries, futurists, foresight practitioners, and storytellers.

Tips for fiction writers by a fiction writing coach and teacher.

How To Write The Future podcast 

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The How To Write The Future podcast is for science fiction and fantasy writers who want to write positive futures and successfully bring those stories out into the marketplace. Hosted by Beth Barany, science fiction novelist and creativity coach for writers.

Tips for fiction writers!

This podcast is for you if you have questions like:

  • -- How do I create a believable world for my science fiction story?
  • -- How do I figure out what's not working if my story feels flat?
  • -- How do I make my story more interesting and alive?

This podcast is for readers too if you’re at all curious about the future of humanity.

Episode List: Transcript and Show Notes

The Challenge of Imagining Thrutopias with Jennifer Browdy, Pt. 1 of 2
Interview with Michael Kilman, Co-Author of Build Better Worlds, part 2 of 2
Interview with Michael Kilman, co-author of Build Better Worlds, part 1 of 2
The Name of the Game is Change
Books to films: Why the Switch

 Your Creativity vs. ChatGPT – How To Write the Future

Your Creativity vs. ChatGPT

Upcoming Writerly Events, June 2024 – How To Write the

Upcoming Writerly Events, June 2024
Economics: More Than Money and Markets (Build Better Worlds, 4 of 4)
The Sacred: Religion and Mysticism (Build Better Worlds, 3 of 4)
Myth, Imagined Past, and Cultural Purity in Fiction (Build Better Worlds, 2 of 4)
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About Beth Barany

Beth Barany runs the podcastHow To Write The Future. An award-winning science fiction and fantasy novelist, and certified creativity coach for writers, Beth specializes in helping writers experience clarity, so they can write, revise, and proudly publish their novels to the delight of their readers. Her courses are packed with useful hands-on information that you can implement right away. Her transformational consulting sessions help you step into the author life you want with ease and joy.

She runs an online school for fiction writers, including a 12-month group coaching program to help them develop an editing practice and get published. 

More resources on publishing, book marketing, and novel writing are on her blog, for and by creative writers, Writer's Fun Zone.

When she's not helping writers, Beth writes magical tales of romance, mystery, and adventure  that empower women and girls to be the heroes of their own lives.

For fun, Beth loves walking her hilly neighborhood, puttering in her garden, and watching YouTube videos about the space industry. Beth lives in Oakland, California with her husband, Ezra Barany, also a novelist, and their cats.

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Awesome for new writers!


This podcast is filled with great tips to help aspiring authors write their first novel. If you listen to one episode, you will be hooked. It’s a binge-worth podcast. I listened to the entire series and am sure you will enjoy it, too! 5 stars!