Farewell, Ursula K. Le Guin

One of my favourite authors, and personal heroines, died on Monday. I am grieving, as I’m sure many of her fans are, and I’d like to send out my deepest condolences to her friends and family.  The world has lost a great light.  But what is remembered, lives, so here’s a tribute I put together […]

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2 Simple, Awesome Pieces of Characterization Advice

By Kelly Robson

I’ll always be grateful to Steven Barnes. At Orycon 2012, he passed on advice that made a huge difference to my writing. Steven said, when we get a story idea, we usually know either the character or the problem. To develop the story, we can ask ourselves the following questions:

  1. If we know the character, ask, “What is the worst thing that can happen to this character—and better yet, how can they do it to themselves?”

  2. If we know the problem, ask, “Who is the worst person to give this problem to?”

And from Kelly Robson herself:

A character should either know who they are or what they’re doing.

Read the full article at Clarkesworld.

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Famous Authors’ Bad Writing Advice

By C.S. Lakin

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re looking at an excerpt from a previous post titled Words of Advice from Famous Authors That Are Just Wrong.

I imagine this post is bound to draw some criticism, but bring it on!

Maybe it’s just me, but when I read pithy statements from famous authors that are hailed as sage advice, I often scratch my head. Based on my experience as an author, sometimes the savvy advice is more rosemary or thyme than sage.

Read the full article at LiveWriteThrive.

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I’ll be posting some of my favourite quotes from great writers of #SFF from time to time on my blog.

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