Writing Prompt #12

The problem: you’re trying to write a scene using a character that doesn’t feel right somehow. He just doesn’t sing. You move him from one side of the room to the other like a puppet. But if you cut the strings, he falls to the floor.

Writing Life: Criticism – Constructive or Destructive?

Almost every writer can vouch for the value of writers groups and workshops. For many, a weekly or monthly session with your group, whether online or in the flesh, can provide a welcome respite from the solitude that comes with the writing life. In addition to sharing ideas and experiences with fellow travelers, deadlines can…… Continue reading Writing Life: Criticism – Constructive or Destructive?

Spec Tech: Excuse me, do you speak Elvish?

As someone who studied linguistics, one of my biggest pet peeves in high fantasy is when our stalwart protagonist first encounters the elves in the forest, and he can of course speak with them because he’s half-elvish.  All elves speak elvish. It’s a racial thing.  Now, I’m not saying that it couldn’t be a racial…… Continue reading Spec Tech: Excuse me, do you speak Elvish?

Guest Blog from Scott H. Andrews: “Literary Adventure Fantasy”

We continue our series of mid-month guest blogs from the SF&F marketplace with a look into the newest SFWA-qualifying short fiction market, Beneath Ceaseless Skies.  If you’re just now tuning in, and missed our visits from agents Matt Bialer and Russell Galen, you may wish to go back and check them out.  Next month: Joshua…… Continue reading Guest Blog from Scott H. Andrews: “Literary Adventure Fantasy”

Writing Prompt #11

Using last week’s prompts, you got to know your character a little bit better. You went through a series of interviews intended to help you get acquainted with this person from the outside.

This week you’re going to flip this around. Instead of interviewing the character, you will BECOME the character.