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Jeremy

Geography, Geo-Politics, Maps

Geography, Geo-Politics, Maps

Photo by Brett Zeck on Unsplash Ever notice how, when watching science fiction shows, that when encountering the strange, alien race from Tau Celtic 4 or wherever, the aliens all look and sound exactly the same? Like, the entire population of the planet dress alike, speak the same language, and appear to share the same societal mores? Whereas,…

Genre Setting: Alternative Earth

Genre Setting: Alternative Earth

Photo by Victor Garcia on Unsplash Speculative Fiction, at its heart, is a game of “whatifsmanship.” What if Faster Than Light Travel was really achievable? What if Elves and Dwarves and Orcs really existed? What if Charlize Theron could really find Seth Rogen appealing? One of the most intriguing forms of fiction then is “Alternative Earth” fiction. Take…

Beats Vs. Outline Vs. Discovery

Beats Vs. Outline Vs. Discovery

Image Attributed to Bs0u10e0 via Flickr There are as many ways to write a story as there are grains of sand on a beach. OK, so it isn’t really a famous quote, but it actually happens to be not far from the truth. If you put twenty authors in a room and ask them about…

Genre Setting: Real World

Genre Setting: Real World

Photo by Lena Bell on Unsplash Great writers love shortcuts. No, really. Given that folks like George RR Martin can take eons to finish a book, that may seem counter-intuitive. But the truth of the matter is that writers love things that enable them to get down to the nitty-gritty and write our stories. Which is one of…