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Author Archives: Orson Scott Card

What is a Minor Character: Understanding the Minor Characters’ Role

So where is the dividing line between major and minor charactors? There isn’t one. The different levels shade into each other, and as you master the techniques appropriate to each level, you’ll be able to create each character at exactly the level of importance the story requires. Here’s how to master the techniques. Read more

Stereotyping Your Fictional Characters

Learn how to use stereotypes to your advantage in your fiction.
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Defining Science Fiction and Fantasy

Science fiction and fantasy stories take place in worlds that have never existed or are not yet known. Still a little confused about what falls into the realm of sci-fi and fantasy? Let us break it down for you.

by Orson Scott Card

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The 4 Story Structures that Dominate Novels

All stories contain four elements that can determine structure: milieu, idea, character and event. Here’s a look at each one and how each will affect your novel.

by Orson Scott Card
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How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy

Expert advice on the art and craft of writing science fiction and fantasy Read more