Aliens & Fairies: Non-Human Characters Acting Badly
Jul08

Aliens & Fairies: Non-Human Characters Acting Badly

  Most speculative fiction writers have a tendency to include a non-human character or two in their novels these days. Hard science fiction writers like to throw in a random bug-eyed, slime-dripping menace with which to threaten their heroes. Soft science fiction writers prefer the friendly alien races who act and speak like us, but have some physical differences. Fantasy writers tend to adopt a couple of aloof elves, maybe a few...

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Do You Trust Your Readers with Your Character Descriptions?
Nov29

Do You Trust Your Readers with Your Character Descriptions?

  Did  you know that the act of writing could be considered a form of thought transference? Some might even consider it to be almost a psychic ability, maybe even telepathic! You don’t believe me? Let’s try it and see if we can do it – you and I. I’m going to send a thought directly from my mind to yours. I’ll form an image and we’ll see if you can see the same image I’m seeing. I...

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Adding Character Depth Through Perception
Nov28

Adding Character Depth Through Perception

  How do you describe your character’s physical appearance? It’s not always easy to describing your characters without resorting to the cliched “She looked in the mirror and saw…” Likewise, setting the scene for each part of your story is an important element of building your fictional world. In fact, some authors go to great lengths to describe the weather patterns, the scenery and the passing...

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Creating Villains People Love to Hate
Nov27

Creating Villains People Love to Hate

      Every story has a bad guy. There wouldn’t be much conflict for your protagonist to overcome if there was no antagonist to stir the pot. Yours might be the evil villain who opposes everything your hero (or heroine) does. He might be the treacherous double-agent from the past, or the psychotic evil scientist, or maybe just the “other woman” fighting for your hero’s attention. Who ever your...

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Writing Dazzling Dialogue
Nov23

Writing Dazzling Dialogue

  Before I begin, it’s important to understand a little about dialogue in fiction. Regardless of what you might read on the page, dialogue in a story is NOT about two people talking to each other, nor is it written speech. Dialogue is one of the most important tools at a writer’s disposal. It should represent, but not mimic real speech. And it should impart vital information. The good part here is that it is not as...

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