Clarion Writing Prompt #20 The Cranky Scene

Why some scenes resist you and how to tackle them.

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Spec Tech: High Tech Sailing In Science Fiction

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 Sail is, after all, technically out of date and part of the misty past.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

Writing Prompt #18: SENSE ‘a’ Wonder

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

Spec Tech: Your Protagonist Wants Sleeves: Fashion in F&SF

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