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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…

Know Your Audience

Know Your Audience

Photo by Justice Amoh on Unsplash Unless your name is J.K. Rowling, your writing isn’t going to appeal to everyone. And that’s okay. In fact, it makes your job easier, since it allows you to write for, and market to, a specific audience. To do this successfully, you’ll need to identify who your readers will likely be, then…

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…

5 Ways to Hone Your POV

5 Ways to Hone Your POV

Photo by Jonas Lee on Unsplash Today’s publishing market is more competitive than ever. To stand out, us writers are constantly asking ourselves how we can tell our stories in a way that no one else can. How can we narrow the gap between a story’s ultimate potential and its ultimate execution? If we expect our books to…

Basic Story Arc Options

Basic Story Arc Options

Photo by William Krause on Unsplash Outlining your novel’s plot can be daunting. Especially for you writers who are more character oriented. Or for those of you who just get so obsessed with the world building you completely forget to include a plot and realize, too late, your novel is actually an anthology of alien cultures. Luckily, story…

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…

POV, Person, and Tense

POV, Person, and Tense

There’s a story in your head, and it’s awesome. You’ve come up with a captivating plot, lovable characters, unique challenges, and a satisfying ending. But knowing what happens in your story is only the start. There are still major decisions to consider before you put that plot to the page. The way in which you…

Writing Place w/the Five Senses

Writing Place w/the Five Senses

Designing the settings within a story can be a creative person’s dream, especially in genre fiction where the only limitation is the author’s imagination. Sometimes an explosion of place description is just what the story demands. Other times you need to show restraint. Knowing what description to include and when is made much easier if…