Category Archives: Science Fiction Story

MOVING FORWARD WITH BACKWARD

As a copy editor, I’ve changed the word backwards to backward probably ten thousand times. Like the word towards, which I whined about in detail for other reasons, the difference between backward and backwards is likewise symbolized by the Atlantic … Continue reading

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BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS XX: HEINLEIN’S RULES: FIVE SIMPLE BUSINESS RULES FOR WRITING

From time to time I’ll recommend—not review, mind you, but recommend, and yes, there is a difference—books that I think fantasy authors should have on their shelves. Some may be new and still in print, some may be difficult to … Continue reading

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NAVIGATING THE EIGHT EMOTIONS, PART 6: ANTICIPATION

Robert Plutchik, professor emeritus at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, identified eight primary emotions: anger, fear, sadness, disgust, surprise, anticipation, trust, and joy. I’ve seen similar lists from experts as varied as Donald Maass and Tony Robbins. Some are a … Continue reading

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TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER

Today, here in the Pacific Northwest, it is raining so hard it sounds as if a drum corps is practicing on my roof. I took Fresno Bob out for a walk and my cheap plastic poncho was blown up over … Continue reading

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STARTING WITH CHARACTERS

Continuing to put together my outline for Bella Lucky and the Monsters of Methone for next month’s—no, next week’s (yikes!)—start to NaNoWriMo, it’s time to focus in on the characters. I also want to continue along the short, bad book … Continue reading

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OUTLINING WITH NOTE CARDS 4: THE OUTLINE ITSELF

If you haven’t been following along with this exercise in using note cards to plot/outline a novel, go back at least to here and catch up. This next step is what Holly Lisle recommended doing after I’ve got my note … Continue reading

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OUTLINING WITH NOTE CARDS 3: THE “PLOTTING UNDER PRESSURE” METHOD

On August 18th I challenged myself to actually do some of the writing exercises I’ve recommended to others. That led to one success and one failure. The last of them we’ll cover this week, as part of a series of … Continue reading

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