Thoughts on Tactics: How History Affects Fiction and Makes It Believable

Not long ago, this author discovered the above picture, which discusses some fans’ thoughts on how the Fellowship of the Ring might have simply flown to Mordor to dispose of the One Ring rather than “take the long way around.” As the commenter explains, this would have been a bad idea narratively because the entire … Continue reading Thoughts on Tactics: How History Affects Fiction and Makes It Believable

The Fictional Businessman – Is He a Monster or a Hero?

Not long ago this author finished reading Marvel’s Essential Iron Man Vol.3*. Though it had been available for some time, for various reasons, this writer did not take the opportunity to peruse the volume until recently to see what lessons were to be found within its pages. There were quite a few to discover. For … Continue reading The Fictional Businessman – Is He a Monster or a Hero?

The Three Main Categories of Villainess

Misha Burnett made a comment on my article “How Do You Create Strong Female Leads?” where he suggested that an essay on Villainesses was in order. Specifically, he said, “Female villains who are schemers rather than fighters are somewhat more common, perhaps because it’s easier to write an unsympathetic manipulator than a sympathetic diplomat, but … Continue reading The Three Main Categories of Villainess

Why Writing Fan Fiction Is Good Practice for Beginning Authors – When They Do It Right

First things first: unless you have sold your own stories that feature your own characters, events, and worlds, you will likely be unable to sell any fan fiction you write. It is not a good thing for a beginning author to put on his/her resume when trying to sell a manuscript, either; everyone and his … Continue reading Why Writing Fan Fiction Is Good Practice for Beginning Authors – When They Do It Right

How Do You Create Strong Female Leads? Simple – Look at the Ones Already in Existence

Anthony Marchetta over at Superversive Press and Castalia House published an interesting pair of articles on SuperversiveSF some time ago. In the original article, he stated that there are two forms of heroines who take active part in combat in the stories writers create. The first type, he states, are capable fighters who have lost … Continue reading How Do You Create Strong Female Leads? Simple – Look at the Ones Already in Existence

Panic Attacks, Combat Fatigue, and PTS – The Differences between All Three, and Why That Matters to Authors

When Iron Man 3 was released, I picked it up in order to see the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic series. But I did so with little hope that it would be better than Iron Man 2. I had to watch that film retroactively after seeing The Avengers, but it could have easily been … Continue reading Panic Attacks, Combat Fatigue, and PTS – The Differences between All Three, and Why That Matters to Authors