Tag Archives: J.M. McDermott

WHEN CHARACTERS MEET TECHNOLOGY

I like to define science fiction as stories in which the impossible is made possible by the use of some imaginary technology or scientific discovery. In other words, if the hero gets to a distant planet via a starship it’s … Continue reading

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ANSIBLES, BLASTERS, AND CREDITS, OH MY!

I tackled the complex subject of genre clichés, archetypes, and originality in The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction: Certain key components, like dragons in fantasy or robots in science fiction, are free for the taking. No one, even … Continue reading

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RULES ABOUT WRITING RULES FOR WRITERS

Do I really have to write a post in response to “Jonathan Franzen’s 10 Rules for Novelists”? Does that need to be critiqued again? Am I required to jump all over him like a lot of the Internet has already … Continue reading

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A SERIES OF POSTS ON MOTIVATION: CONTRIBUTION

And finally, this week we’ll focus in on the sixth and last of the “Six Human Needs” I introduced a few weeks ago: contribution. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this one comes last, since in more ways than do … Continue reading

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A SERIES OF POSTS ON MOTIVATION: CONNECTION

Assuming we’re still hanging in on the “Six Human Needs” I introduced a few weeks ago, a good starting point on the subject of what drives us all, I’m pressing ahead with the fourth of the six: connection. Connection has … Continue reading

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A SERIES OF POSTS ON MOTIVATION: SIGNIFICANCE

Assuming we’re still reasonably comfortable with the “Six Human Needs” I introduced a few weeks ago—a decent starting point on the subject of what drives us all—we’ll continue with the third of the six basic human needs: significance. How do … Continue reading

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HOW CHARACTERS SEE THEMSELVES IN RELATION TO OTHER CHARACTERS

In Joe M. McDermott’s novel The Fortress at the End of Time, Ensign Aldo has just come to a remote space station. The commanding officer is a bit of a fallen tyrant, but still, young Aldo thinks: I felt alone, … Continue reading

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