Writer’s Craft #12 – The Crowd Scene

The action is rolling along fine. Then your hero bursts into that special obstacle: the crowd scene. Whether the build-up to the crowd scene is psychological or blood-and-guts fighting, the risk of losing momentum while you pause to set up the new situation is palpable. Have a look at my example, below, from my work-in-progress,…… Continue reading Writer’s Craft #12 – The Crowd Scene

Spec Tech: When In Ancient Rome…

From the sweeping backdrops of sword and sorcery, to the alien societies of planet-hopping space traders, fantasy and science fiction writers often draw from history and archaeology to inspire their worlds. You don’t have to be a history buff to create a detailed and believable setting for your stories. But using history as a source…… Continue reading Spec Tech: When In Ancient Rome…

Market Insights: Jonathan Laden, Daily Science Fiction

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Writer’s Craft # 11 – Dialogue Tags

Is it best to keep it simple or to get creative when using attribution tags for dialogue? Here’s what some of the members of the SF Canada discussion list had to say about the topic when it came up in discussion. If in doubt, stick to the simplest choices like ‘said’ or ‘asked’. Some authors…… Continue reading Writer’s Craft # 11 – Dialogue Tags