Why some scenes resist you and how to tackle them.
Sailing ships in speculative fiction usually fall, by default, in the fantasy end of the spectrum. Sail is, after all, technically out of date and part of the misty past. Or maybe not. The sailing ships of old were the technological marvels of their day. Even though sail is no longer considered commercially viable, the…… Continue reading Spec Tech: High Tech Sailing In Science Fiction
Sit down, take a hard look at the most boring thing in sight and describe it as if you had never seen it before. If it is still boring, take another object and treat it like a still life you are going to describe in words instead of producing in paint. That’s the warm up.…… Continue reading Writing Prompt #19 Still Life in Words
Space travel makes the difference between a plot stuck on Earth and a plot stuck in the unfathomable immensity of the cosmos. Needless to say I like rockets. A lot. I spend most of my time thinking about them. I help design and build them. My favorite quote about the difficulty of rocket science comes…… Continue reading Spec Tech: How Rockets Work
This post is going to be all about how to incorporate the senses in your writing. But I want to share a hilarious, fun link that I found also. This writing prompt generator is meant for K-12 classrooms and students, but it’s also fun. Just one of its random results was a perfectly fine fantasy…… Continue reading Writing Prompt #18: SENSE ‘a’ Wonder
Most clothes are uncomfortable, cumbersome, and dangerous, and can really make your characters’ lives miserable. As a writer, this is an underused resource for inflicting pain and suffering upon your poor, hapless protagonists. Unless manufactured on machines by cotton produced on industrial farms and sewn en masse by underpaid illegal laborers, clothing is expensive. For…… Continue reading Spec Tech: Your Protagonist Wants Sleeves: Fashion in F&SF
Well, not real monsters as such. But the genetic mutations that inspire and inform our concept of monsters. But what is a monster anyway? A deviation from the norm. An aberration. The story of a mutant passed from one person to the next until, pushed and pulled beyond the bonds of reason, it bears little…… Continue reading Spec Tech: Monsters