The following is a brief rundown of the three most common POVs and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
So, you’re ready to write a science fiction or fantasy novel. But where to start? Here's how to create your fantastic world by starting with a single character.
Here are a few things I learned along the way to writing a novel between stints as a copywriter.
When you've got an in idea your head, and you need to tell the story, where do you begin? Use this advice to write a science fiction novel.
Every fiction writer has to write across gender lines. I should know. I’m a fantasy / science fiction writer, and though my stories are populated with vampires, robots, and space squids, there tend to be more than a few humans in the mix. Many of those humans end up being women....
When I wanted to write an essay about my difficult relationship with my brother I had to figure out a way to make it interesting to other people so I turned to these 10 elements to keep the story rolling.
If a realistic, believable urban fantasy is more your jam, you have to accomplish something that sounds easier, but isn’t. Here are ways to do it.
What exactly is the difference between behaviors, habits, mannerisms and quirks? Read on to learn the subtle (yet important) differences between them.
Understand why and how to break these 7 common rules about writing dialogue, and you’ll write more effective, nuanced and engaging character conversations.
How do you entice readers to try out a new world when everyone already loves the old one? Why start from scratch when the recipe works?
Start your revision by addressing these, and you'll immediately change your story for the better.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you go about the task of "world-editing" in the early stages of an urban fantasy, paranormal, or near-future science fiction story.
You can doom your debut from the start with these 7 (tongue-in-cheek) strategies for flailing, and failing—or, you can do just the opposite.
The single biggest trap of writing science fiction is focusing on the science, not the fiction. Here's how to avoid that trap.
Whether you're writing your first novel or are struggling with completing a second one (or more), sometimes you need some help focusing and figuring out how to reach your goal. Use these 9 tricks to help you go from first sentence all the way to completed novel.
Few books take the country by storm so quickly, but that’s exactly what Andy Weir’s The Martian did. Now it’s not only a bestselling book, but also a box-office topping motion picture. In this interview, Weir discusses the art of writing science fiction, how to incorporate your passions into your writing...
Writing sports-themed action scenes provides an opportunity for an author to engage the passions of three different readers: enthusiasts, well versed in the particular sport featured; others unfamiliar with the specifics of this sport, yet athletes nevertheless; and non-athletes not involved with sports in anyway.
Sometimes one has to step out of their writer’s ten-by-twelve square bubble to find life’s answers.
I've always been a big nerd. But for one shining moment, one GLORIOUS MOMENT, when I finished writing my book, OH BOY, YOU'RE HAVING A GIRL: A Dad's Survival Guide to Raising Daughters, I felt like a complete and utter badass. Here's why.
I was reading through some of our older science fiction titles, and I came upon Worlds of Wonder by David Gerrold (published in 2001). As I was flipping through the book, I read an opening line that intrigued me: “All writing is list-making. Nothing more. The trick is knowing what to...
We’ve heard the old montage “Show, don’t tell” so many times that it’s become stale–and what does it mean, anyway? It’s an easy phrase to utter, but how do you achieve resonant, meaningful description that will make your words come alive? This simple checklist, from The Writer’s Little Helper by James...
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...
Your cast of supporting characters should reflect what your protagonist needs. Here's how to craft strong supporting characters to make your novel jump off the page.
Is your manuscript stuck? Take a break from completing your fiction project and diagnose it. Here's how to take your manuscript into its next phase: completion.