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?
Tag: Ride the Pen
Feb 01 2016
Being GOD 101—The Basics of World Building
Jan 12 2016
The Truth About Harnessing Creativity
Dec 14 2015
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.
Dec 04 2015
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?
Nov 23 2015
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.