As posted on the SFWA blog, written by me: “Hey, I’m looking for advice. My character lost a limb in the last fight. Does anyone know about writing amputees?” I was inspired to write this because I’ve had this conversation on Twitter a few times. My husband is an amputee from a traumatic accident that […]Read more "Writing Amputees (@sfwa)"
The Complete Handbook Of Novel Writing: Everything You Need To Know About Creating & Selling Your Work by Writer’s Digest Books My rating: 5 of 5 stars An excellent writing guide, suited for writers of all levels. I think this collection of essays and articles will have the most utility to the beginning writer. There’s […]Read more "Book Review: The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing (Writer’s Digest)"
By Morgan Smith Writers are all different, and they have a lot of different ways of describing/manifesting how characters in their work come into being. Some of us are analytical: we use character sheets, balancing the strengths and weaknesses, outlining and pinpointing traits that we then use to (hopefully) further their plots. We “map” things. […]Read more "Character and Identity"
By Cat Rambo I’m finishing up the year by trying to wrap up writing the on-demand version of my Moving from Idea to Draft class. This is a tough translation, because the live class depends heavily on what the students have brought: I try to help them go deeper into the idea each has brought […]Read more "On Creating Story When You Only Have the Plot"
By Jenny Ballif This article on writing realistic research labs is part of the Science in Sci-fi, Fact in Fantasy blog series. Each week, we tackle one of the scientific or technological concepts pervasive in sci-fi (space travel, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, etc.) with input from an expert. Please join the mailing list to be notified every time new content is posted. About the […]Read more "Writing Realistic Research Labs"
By J.K. Ullrich Indie authorship seems to have exacerbated my penchant for masochism: I can’t help looking at the bestseller lists, even though it only leaves me sad that my books aren’t on them! Browsing the top titles a few weeks ago, the blurb for Dan Brown’s latest novel Origin caught my eye. After reconnecting with one […]Read more "The Beautiful Scientist Problem"