The first bit of advice for the aspiring pantser is the least useful of all. You have to begin it. You have to have some dim idea of what the work is going to be like, and you have to … Continue reading
We are reliably informed that there is a spectrum of writers. Over here on the far side are the dedicated plotters and planners. These are the JRR Tolkiens of the art. They begin by getting a PhD in linguistics, the … Continue reading
This is a perennial question that writers get. As you might expect the answers are just about infinite. But April brings to mind an example. I wrote a story, “A Mighty Fortress” (see it in the BVC anthology Rocket Boy … Continue reading
Worldbuilding is one of the great pleasures of writing science fiction and fantasy — and also one of its greatest challenges. Award-winning fantasy author Marie Brennan draws on her academic training in anthropology to peel back the layers of a setting, going past the surface details to explore questions many authors never think to answer. She invites you to consider the endless variety of real-world cultures — from climate to counterfeiting, from sumptuary laws to slang — and the equally endless possibilities speculative fiction has to offer.Continue reading
We’ve all read those books. The ones where everything is going swimmingly and then somebody you’re supposed to care about does something so eye-wateringly dumb that your eyes hurt from rolling, and that sound you hear is your molars grinding … Continue reading
Where does romance spring from? Cat Kimbriel was asked where romance fit as an element of modern storytelling.
Her immediate thought was “as a subtle puzzle piece.” She explains over at the Book View Cafe blog.
Romance crossover novels seem to be popping up all over, and it got me thinking about my own writing process. My novels tend to cross genres, including mainstream, science fiction, fantasy, mystery/suspense, and thriller plots, but they all include romantic … Continue reading