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Owning Your Craft

There’s all this hubbub floating around out there lately, conflicting theories of all the DOs and DON’Ts of what it takes to be or become a successful author. Some time ago, I saw some Perpetual Writing Advice Giver actually tweet that if you’re a writer promoting your work and you don’t have this many (double digit) thousand followers on Twitter, you’re simply not trying hard enough. To add insult to offense, said party didn’t even…

Space Opera Courts the Mainstream

Science fiction author and fan, Bob Tucker, coined the term Space Opera in back in 1941, perhaps as a deprecating term in the spirit of the horse operas and soap operas of the time. Eventually, it became the buzzword for pulp science fiction novels from the 1930’s and 1940’s, and the science fiction movies from the 1950’s. Today, the term Space Opera brings to mind sweeping, character-driven tales of action and adventure on an epic…

The Nettle Tree

Genre Bender in a Blender I think it was Cowboys and Aliens or maybe that Doctor Who episode set in the Wild West that first triggered the desire to bend the sci-fi and western genres. Never a huge fan of westerns, I just let that notion slide to the back of my mind and there it quietly lurked. When approached with the invitation to submit a western—a strangely different kind of western—I must admit, at…

Stop Worrying About What Not to Write

Are you afraid of messing around with tropes? What about your plot? Is it too dark? Too light? Is your main character too perfect? Too flawed? Are you afraid to bore, perturb, or even disgust? Tell me the truth: how many articles did you read this week that made you look back at your own work and cringe? There’s no limit to the number of voices out there that are only too happy to tell…

Brainstorming Story Ideas 5 Ways

Brainstorming is generally the first step of the writing process. When planning a story, brainstorming helps to spark creativity and helps us to come up with new and original ideas or maybe even put news twists on old ideas. Here’s a list of 5 ways I generally go about brainstorming story ideas: Pinterest/Inspiration Board I keep an “inspiration” board on Pinterest. I also use Beenokle’s Inspiration Gallery to gather collections of inspiring pictures. I like…

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