Reposted – GameLit: Not Just Written Games

A thoughtful and helpful reflection on GameLit (Game Literature) from Benjamin Cheah, readers: GameLit: Not Just Written Games Gamelit / LitRPG is one of the hottest literary genres on the market. It attempts to replicate the gaming experience in written form, taking the tropes of role-playing games and reproducing them on the page. As a … Continue reading Reposted – GameLit: Not Just Written Games

Reposted: 3 Truths to Remember When Crafting Child Characters

Take a look at this thoughtful - and thought-provoking - piece, readers: 3 Truths to Remember When Crafting Child Characters Imagine that, for twenty-four hours, you’re limited to the use of half your vocabulary, your awareness of interpersonal subtext dims, and all your skills and strengths revert back to level one. On top of that, … Continue reading Reposted: 3 Truths to Remember When Crafting Child Characters

Reposted – Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part 7): Competition

Take a look at this thought-provoking piece by Kristine Katheryn Rusch, future authors: Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part 7): Competition This is another one of those deceptive titles, like “Money.” Because when most writers read “Competition” as the sub header here, they think, Yep, there’s just too much competition out there. A handful of … Continue reading Reposted – Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part 7): Competition

Writerly Sound Bites, Number 2: Chasing the Unicorn of “Relatability”

Remember the post on writing advice, readers? The one that discussed “sound bites” as a means of offering guidance to aspiring writers? As someone who has had more difficulty cutting through and understanding such “sound bites” than she cares to recall, this author decided to provide future writers with some insights to help ease them … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 2: Chasing the Unicorn of “Relatability”

Reposted: The Secret to Writing Powerful Action Scenes

Check out this amazing post by author Kai Wai Cheah, readers!   The Secret to Writing Powerful Action Scenes Action scenes are the bread and butter of pulp stories. When the story threatens to get too boring, throw in a fight scene and you revitalize it with fresh energy, stakes and momentum. When the hero … Continue reading Reposted: The Secret to Writing Powerful Action Scenes

On Theme – What It Is, and How It Affects Your Fiction

For most beginning writers, theme does not seem to be a particularly important part of the writing process. Some probably believe it just occurs organically. While that can and does happen, it is usually a rare occurrence. Though every storyteller has experienced it, this is not a reliable method to rely on for adding a … Continue reading On Theme – What It Is, and How It Affects Your Fiction

Is Subverting the Audience’s Expectations the Best Way to Go?

Writers today are often told that they absolutely have to subvert audience expectations in order to tell a compelling story. Notably, those who insist that authors do this never give a truly compelling case for why this has to be done with every single tale they tell. Most disturbingly, these advisers never say just where … Continue reading Is Subverting the Audience’s Expectations the Best Way to Go?