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Slogging Through the Mushy Middle

Slogging Through the Mushy Middle

Photo by Валерия on Unsplash It’s easy to get pumped up about writing the start of a book. New worlds, new characters, exciting possibilities! And after the inciting incident, the reader has typically been presented with an intriguing question—will the characters fall in love? find the treasure? defeat the villain? etc.—so you also get excited to write the…

Genre Setting, Fantasy & Sci-Fi

Genre Setting, Fantasy & Sci-Fi

If readers want exciting storylines, plot twists, relationships, and characters, they can find them in good books from pretty much any genre. But speculative fiction has something which makes it stand out. Fantasy and science fiction authors have total freedom in creating the imaginary settings of their stories. These settings aren’t simply used as background…

The Beginning in an Age of Distraction

The Beginning in an Age of Distraction

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash Billions of human beings now have a rectangle in their pocket that can access near infinite amounts of video, images, games, news, forums, blogs, and feline-based gifs. This being the case, you should ask yourself why—in the holy name of Google!—any of them should bother sitting down to read your book. Is…

Insecurity and Voice as a Writer

Insecurity and Voice as a Writer

Photo by Christopher Brown on Unsplash Find your voice. That’s a piece of advice writers are given too often, and frankly, it’s poppycock (pardon my British). Why? Because you already have a voice. You’ve been talking since your toddler years, developing speech patterns, favorite words, and maybe even your own catch phrases. Chances are, while driving, you’ve had…

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…