You cannot choose your battlefields, The gods do that for you. But you can plant a standard Where a standard never flew. – Nathalia Crane, 1913 One of the most pernicious movements of our time may be the idea that artists can change the world. For decades … Continue reading Plant a Standard….
The title says it all, readers. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9dEI-Ru1CI
Clone Commander Wolffe and his Wolfpack. One of the items which the Star Wars prequels failed to properly utilize was the Old Republic’s clone troopers. While the writers in the Clone Wars TV series did an admirable job of developing said replicant soldiers as characters, their focus derailed earlier points made by the authors who … Continue reading The Reality of the Human Soul: How Sci-Fi and Fantasy Prove its Existence
This article is the second in a five part series about the skill of adding depth to fiction. Part One may be read here. Last week we focused on how to keep the “magic” in a story. This is, as previously stated, the tip of an iceberg-sized issue rampant throughout modern fiction. Now the question … Continue reading Depth in Fiction, Part Two: Adding Subtext through Archetypes, Poetry, Music, and Religion
I can’t remember when, exactly, I first saw Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, but the show had a big impact on me. While it had some deficits in the writing department, it was still a memorable, entertaining science fiction romp. It ended roughly fourteen years ago, however, and this author almost forgot the show entirely as a … Continue reading Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda
Meg Dowell over at Novelty Revisions and I have a similar answer to this problem, though I have an addendum to add for fiction writers. Keep in mind that this advice is worth as much as you pay for it; if your brain is configured to let you write a novel over the course of … Continue reading Writing When You Really – REALLY – Don’t Want To