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Tag: Ride the Pen

Being GOD 101—The Basics of World Building

Balance between realism and imagination matters. For if your entire reality is a completely new one, your readers won’t recognize themselves in it anymore; but if your reality is too close to the known world – well, it’s not science fiction any longer then, is it?

The Truth About Harnessing Creativity

Wherever you look, the world is held together by two polar opposites that complement and nurture each other, a Yin and a Yang. And in writing, it’s no different. Whether your writing output will shine or you can throw it in the bin will be determined by the Yin and the Yang of your creative work.

Writing Kick@$$ Action Scenes–Hook! Cross! T.K.O.

It’s Batman chasing Superman through James Bond’s porcelain collection. Broken glass, bones and promises everywhere. But here’s the problem: It reads like an academic lecture about 17th century German philosophy. If the style can’t convey your action in an edgy and dramatic way, even the most wicked scene structure won’t help.

How to Sneak In Any Amount of Information & Maintain the Fictive Dream

As an editor I have some pretty standard red flags I look for, but a REALLY common blunder is the dreaded information dump. Some genres are more prone to this than others. Science fiction and fantasy can be particularly vulnerable. How DO you keep the pace of the story and still relay about the prophecy, the starship, the dragons and the dragons prophesied to have starships?

3 Simple Tricks to Create a Character OH SO Different From YOU

Have you ever written a character you thought you couldn’t portray well because he was too different from you? In this post, Alex lays out three secrets on how to make a character like that come to life.