• Craft,  Genre

    Five Questions About Authority To Beef Up Your Conflict

    Understanding the nature of the authorities in your fiction will help you define your characters, it will beef up your conflict and it will clarify your antagonists. Your main character has less. The authority figure has more. As you are planning how your main character can get in and out of trouble, consider how this imbalance can build and sustain your conflict.

  • Craft,  Genre

    Twenty Useful SubReddits for Science Fiction Writers

    I do not view Reddit as a place to promote my books, although I’m sure there are subreddits you might be able to do a book plug here and there if you are so inclined, but I do view it as place to forge new connections and tap into the knowledge bases of fellow science fiction writers and fans of the genre.

  • Genre

    Details Make the Story-Genre Specific Research

    The story’s magic is in the details, and details come from good research. It may seem like common sense that a writer should and must do research for any story containing experiences or places the author has not experienced. However, it can be a step that is sometimes skipped in favor of just getting the story written. No matter what genre you are writing, this is a mistake. When I first started writing, I was straight up romance all the time. In that vein, my shelves were lined with romance novels not only because I loved to read them, but also as research for what I was writing. The novels…

  • Genre

    Writing Historical Fiction, or “Holy Cow, This is Harder Than it Looks!”

    So you’ve decided to write a historical fiction novel. You enjoy writing, and you adore history, so combining your two loves is a natural step. But before you take that leap into the past, there are a few things you might want to think about… What are you bringing to the table? As most historical fiction readers know, there is already a LOT of choices out there. Take the Tudors for example. There are thousands of books on Henry the Eighth (famous for his six wives, two of whom he had executed), Anne Boleyn (his most notorious wife), their daughter Elizabeth I, her sister, brother, cousin, their favorite cat, ‘Persil’,…

  • Craft,  Genre

    Top 10 Signs You May Be A Literary Writer (For Those of Us Who Are Genre Confused)

    You’re writing a book and all of your hundreds of readers want to know. “What’s it about?” And you, gather them around you, adjust your cravat, look over your half moon glasses that are pretentiously hanging from a gold chain around your neck and you say, “I’m not really sure.” Why can’t you explain? It’s because your story seems to transcend certain genres, it’s a journey or it’s an introspective. Words like “romance” or “fantasy” don’t seem big enough. You, dear writer, could be writing literary fiction! But you say, “I don’t want to write literary fiction! I know the market for these kinds of stories! I have nightmares that…

  • Genre

    What’s Your Real Genre? (A Silly Quiz For Writers Who Don’t Take Themselves Too Seriously) by Katharine Grubb

    Oh Genre! That beautiful French word that basically pigeon-holes authors into a particular type of writing. Some of us are romance writers, some are thriller writers, some specialize in Regency zombie mysteries that always contain a yummy recipe. Genres are important simply because readers need to know what to expect from you. Agents like genres because if they do get to pitch your work, they need to know how to describe it. And if you attaching key words to your self-published title, genre can help you out.  But what if you don’t know your genre? There are lots of ways to find out. You can read this informative article from…

  • Beautiful Words,  Creativity,  Genre

    Creating Beautiful Words — Scifaiku! A Guest Post By Wendy Van Camp

    One Friday afternoon, I was sitting on a bench at a local science fiction convention with little to do for the next few hours.  I learned that there was to be a workshop on how to write scifaiku poetry. I had never heard of scifaiku before and was intrigued by the idea. I ended up attending the seminar and this decision changed my direction in writing. As it turned out, I was the only student at the workshop along with a couple of magazine editors that published this form of poetry.  The instructor taught how to brainstorm ideas for your poems and the elements that were needed for scifaiku.  I…