By Phoebe Low Hello friend! Today I’m going to talk paragraph structure, mostly as it applies to description, by doing something I haven’t done since college—close reading! I’ll examine V. E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic not only because it’s a gem of a book and you should read it and write a review on Conglomerate-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named, […]Read More Building Palaces Out of Paragraphs: Sentence Linkage in V. E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic
By Juenta Key To answer that question, we need to understand what flash fiction is about. It is a short story under 1000 words, generally right at or around 500 words. Flash fiction is the length of one short scene with emotional IMPACT using shocks, twists, irony, OR something deeply meaningful to end it. Anything less […]Read More What Makes a Good Flash Fiction Piece?
By Adrienne LaFrance “My prettiest contribution to my culture,” the writer Kurt Vonnegut mused in his 1981 autobiography Palm Sunday, “was a master’s thesis in anthropology which was rejected by the University of Chicago a long time ago.” By then, he said, the thesis had long since vanished. (“It was rejected because it was so simple […]Read More The Six Main Arcs in Storytelling, as Identified by an A.I.
From Cat Rambo’s blog: As someone who works deeply in the zoo/conservation industries and spends a lot of time pretending to be a tiger at conventions around the country, you might say I’m enthusiastic about animals. You’d be wrong, of course. I’m zealous in my love for them. If I could be a little shield-carrying furry paladin, […]Read More Chelsea Eckert on On Writing Anthropomorphic Animal Characters (For Adults)
We Are Mars by Cheryl Lawson My rating: 4 of 5 stars When you read indie fiction, you often don’t know what you’re going to get. I exchanged books with Cheryl Lawson, a Kamloops writer, at a local comic con we both attended. I’ve made it a point to read a bit more indie fiction […]Read More Book Review: We Are Mars by Cheryl Lawson
Want to create fiction on the fly? Haven’t finished anything in years? Mary Robinette Kowal @MaryRobinette, Hugo and Nebula-winning SFF author, has a wonderful method of story construction she recently tweeted about. Check it out! Writing is fractal – Once you understand how a technique works at a paragraph level, you can scale down to […]Read More “Writing is Fractal” – Mary Robinette Kowal’s Guide to Flash Fiction
This book got a lot of mixed reviews. Whether or not people liked it usually depended on where they came from when they read it. I think this will give me an opportunity to talk about a couple of related subjects that have broader implications than the book, if you’ll indulge me. For those who […]Read More Book Review: War Dogs by Greg Bear
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 by John Joseph Adams My rating: 5 of 5 stars I picked this up for “market research,” really. What sorts of stories are considered to be “the best” for audiences over the past couple of years? This is a really excellent collection from some of the best […]Read More Book Review: The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017, edited by Charles Yu
Cities of Dust, Planes of Light by Samantha L. Barrett My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am one of the authors in this book (Diane Morrison) so I’ll be approaching it from that perspective. I just want to say it was quite the honour to have been included in this lovely book with so […]Read More Book Review: Cities of Dust, Planes of Light by Samantha L. Barrett, Sarah Daly, Jamie Lackey, Diane Morrison & Cat Rambo
Hello gang! For those of you who follow my social media, I’ve been hinting at this for a long time, and it’s finally here! I’m teaching a class with Cat Rambo, just in time for National Novel Writing Month! If you’ve ever asked, “How on earth do I get time to write?” then this class […]Read More I’m Teaching a Class at the Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers!