This is an article about a very famous book. See if you can identify it. It’s a complex story of politics and war, but although there are several factions, most of them align pretty clearly on the side of Good or the side of Evil. Since the story is complex, there are several main characters,… Continue reading Character Archetypes: Is Your Main Character a Hero?
The Tao of Story Creation Think of the story as a vague shape; a block of wood formed from your desires and experiences. Somewhere inside it is the story you want to tell. That is a different shape; it must be contained within the block, and suit the grain and density of the material, but… Continue reading Novel Planning: Should You Write an Outline or Not?
Why are you looking for creative writing ideas? Does that heading come across as a little aggressive? It will, if you feel guilty about looking for ideas. But why would you feel guilty about looking for ideas? I suppose because: a writer is an artist. Artists should get their ideas from inspiration artistic creation should… Continue reading Story Ideas: Where Can You Find Creative Writing Ideas?
You will have noticed that I take exception to deconstruction – the practice of textual analysis to find out how a story works. It’s fascinating but creatively empty. You can’t learn to tell stories from it, because it doesn’t reveal how the author tried to reach his objective. Through the story creation process, the author… Continue reading Character Creation: What Characters Are Really For
Five men stood on the scaffold. One of them, you would assume without even needing to see under the hood that covered his whole head, certainly did not want to be there. One of them betrayed no signs of discomfort; once he had placed the noose, he leaned back against the frame with almost indecent… Continue reading Getting Started With Worldbuilding
I strongly suspect you already know whether your book is going to be Science Fiction or not. I’m pretty sure, in fact, that you had a shrewd idea of what type of science fiction it was before you read “How To Decide What You’re Writing.” Although this discussion pretends to be about Science Fiction, what it’s really about is genre, and what, if anything, it’s for.
This is part 2 of a 3-part series on how to write first-class stories in the genre of science fiction: Part 1 – How to Write Award-Winning Science Fiction Part 2 – [You Are Here] – How To Decide What You’re Writing Part 3 – The Fiction of Genre and What It’s Really For You might have… Continue reading How To Decide What Story You’re Writing
This is part 1 of a 3-part series on how to write first-class stories in the genre of science fiction: Part 1 – [You Are Here] – How to Write Award-Winning Science Fiction Part 2 – How To Decide What You’re Writing Part 3 – The Fiction of Genre and What It’s Really For It would be… Continue reading How To Write Award Winning Science Fiction
In the popular imagination, ruthless publicists seek ghostwriters to write books for feckless celebrities, so that soccer players and glamor models can cash in on fame’s brief bubble while it lasts, and perhaps gain a little credibility by showing that they possess basic literacy skills.
I don’t want you to just write a book. Look around you – for which read: trawl the internet – and you’ll find the same, perfectly correct advice everywhere: Anyone can tell a story Anyone can write a book There’s nothing special about writers There’s nothing special about writing At best, this advice is geared… Continue reading Book Writing: How to Write a Book Starting Today