Want to know the best bit about writing fantasy (or science fantasy)? I get to break my own belief system on a regular basis, because if I don’t I end up writing entire character concepts wrong. I know, I know. If I make all of this stuff up from scratch, how can I write any… Read More »World-building Without Instinctive Norms In The Way
How much different should I think? A new acquantaince, whom I’ll call Romania, posed this question to me as we discussed writing last week, specifically what makes a professional writer. Now, Romania’s young, still in high school, and just getting started, so I had to figure out what, in my mind was the biggest difference… Read More »Writers: We’re Miners, Not Mountain Climbers
Villains. The necessary evil of any story. Yet I find so many tropes in villainy that really, really irritate me. So I decided to do a top ten break down. “Because he’s Evil,” is not a motivation. I promise, it’s not. Think of the greatest evil in the history of this world. Who comes to… Read More »Villains Top Ten: What NOT to do.