BREVITY in science-fiction and its hopeless fight for survival in a world of unnecessary, gratuitous info dumps and complacent narrative depictions

Science-fiction is a genre prone to overindulgent information sharing. Sci-fi writers spend a helluva lot on worldbuilding, fact checking, researching, background building and speculating. So much information is hoarded around a story that our brains will inadvertently try and smuggle some of it past us and into our drafts. Preferably a lot of it. IdeallyContinue reading “BREVITY in science-fiction and its hopeless fight for survival in a world of unnecessary, gratuitous info dumps and complacent narrative depictions”

Past Tense vs. Present Tense Madness – And OMG I think I’m gonna write in Future Past Perfect Historical (Mandarin)

What is it with writers and tenses? There always seems to be some sort of debate or another about whether the good ol’ past tense is still THE SHIT, or whether present tense is gaining up on it on merit. You know, some people hate present tense in novels. Like really, passionately, fervently hate it. WhileContinue reading “Past Tense vs. Present Tense Madness – And OMG I think I’m gonna write in Future Past Perfect Historical (Mandarin)”

When things get tough, this is what you should do: MAKE GOOD ART

I haven’t read anything by Neil Gaiman yet, but I can still respect and admire this man who does what he loves with such conviction. I may not have many experiences in common with you, and we might not be living in the same part of the world, not be the same age or gender, have theContinue reading “When things get tough, this is what you should do: MAKE GOOD ART”

The 3 Types of Character Arc – Change, Growth and Fall

The main reason I disagree with people who claim every story fits the hero’s journey, is that it’s not the only character arc out there, and it really doesn’t fit every story. While I wasn’t sure why exactly my story doesn’t fit the description when I wrote the post on The Hero’s Journey – My Pros and Cons, my late yet intenseContinue reading “The 3 Types of Character Arc – Change, Growth and Fall”

Confessions of a converted structuralist, or How I realized the error of my ways

I always thought I was a plotter, an outliner, a planner. Not a pantser. Not someone who discovers her story while she writes it, but someone who plans ahead and always knows which way the story goes. The premeditated kind. I thought this because I had a scene-by-scene outline of the entire novel as I wrote theContinue reading “Confessions of a converted structuralist, or How I realized the error of my ways”