5 neat things I want to include in my stories

And I mean to include them regardless of how, when or why. ‘Cause they’re that cool. I bet you have some of these too, no? 1. The accidental death of an important character Why accidental? Because the heroic sacrifice of that character in the end of a story is more or less trite, and hasContinue reading “5 neat things I want to include in my stories”

How Did You Come Up With THAT?

Not with your Twitter bio. That’s fine. With your story and the weird people inside it. My friend and fellow writer Renee Miller (aka The Killer Whisperer) wrote a post recently about the source of her inspiration. And a thing she said reminded me of the main problem I’m facing with my own story —Continue reading “How Did You Come Up With THAT?”

Size Matters, Length Not So Much

I’m talking about novels, of course. Be naughty in your own time. Each genre has an average expected novel length, and usually for first-time-authors that length is almost a condition. For science-fiction novels, the average length is usually between 90 and 120K, and if the author hasn’t been published before, agents and publishers will rarelyContinue reading “Size Matters, Length Not So Much”

Utopia and Dystopia – The Many Faces of The Future

These two extremes of speculative fiction have always provided a stark contrast to modern reality, and have fascinated through their often “visionary” aspects. Anyone interested in science-fiction or modern fantasy has stumbled upon stories that paint the future in a decided color. Such stories always awaken a powerful curiosity in us, and we often closeContinue reading “Utopia and Dystopia – The Many Faces of The Future”

My Ultimate POV Guide – With Graphics And Examples

Choosing the right point of view for a work of fiction is, in my opinion, the most important decision a writer makes beside choosing the protagonist. It not only dictates what pronouns to use, and how much of the protagonist’s thoughts the reader gets to see, but also determines the distance between reader & protagonist.Continue reading “My Ultimate POV Guide – With Graphics And Examples”