Category Archives: Writing

Writing Heroes (Part 1 – Unlikely Heroes)

There are many different kinds of hero types used in popular stories, and many different kinds of villains. I’ve only listed a few different kinds in these next few blog posts, and as storytellers get more creative I expect more … Continue reading

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Cause and Effect in your Story

In the next few posts I’ll start talking about how to write Heroes and Villains. Before I do though, there is an important aspect to establish first in your storytelling, which will help you to recognize if your heroes and … Continue reading

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Tension-Killers

Simply put, tension is the only reason your reader will turn the page. It’s the only reason a viewer won’t switch the channel. Without tension, you lose the audience. So what is tension? It’s a question. “Will this happen or … Continue reading

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The Message (Part 3 – Consistency)

Whatever your message, make sure the story you are creating (the world, the characters, the events) is actually compatible. I’ve seen writers completely change characters part way through, or change the way that their world works, in order to try … Continue reading

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The Message (Part 2 – Factual Thinking)

I’m gonna take some time now to talk about how to get messages across when you feel the message is not a very popular one, or one that a lot of people have a hard time accepting. There are many … Continue reading

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The Message (Part 1 – Hidden Gems)

The message of your story, generally, is also tied very closely to your Core Concept, although the message may not always be obvious when you first start writing. I think it took me a while after I started writing Singularity … Continue reading

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The ‘What If’

Every work of fiction is a ‘What If’. With Science Fiction the What If is more obvious. “What if we had the ability to travel back in time?” “What if we could bring dinosaurs back?” “What if we could clone … Continue reading

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The Core Concept

The Core Concept is the first thing to establish when you set to work on your story, because it lays the groundwork for every other idea you might have for it. I’m not saying you need to make a Core … Continue reading

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New Focus

I’ve been particularly quiet on my blog for the past while. Part of that was because of focusing on book publications – editing and revision work. Another reason though has been new writing prompts and projects that haven’t reached completion … Continue reading

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A Time For Heroes

My biggest concern throughout this election process has been the messages behind it. I personally wasn’t keen on either candidate, and anticipated a difficult four years ahead regardless of the election results. My primary concern was the messages being sent … Continue reading

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