Jargon can be valuable in speculative fiction. From technical terms to swear words to a group’s in-jokes, it helps to convey setting and character. Creating your own can be a fun and useful part of writing your science fiction or fantasy story.
Bookstores and libraries are famous hiding places for bookworms, authors and, well, great books. Are you taking advantage of them as an author? You—yes, you—could (and should) have your book listed in libraries and stores across the country. Think it’s impossible? Far from it. Here’s how to get your book out there.
Time travel is a staple of great fiction—when it’s done right. When it’s done wrong, you’re turning wormholes into plot holes instead. Here’s how to get a handle on the mechanics of time travel for fiction.
It’s easy to navigate business in stories set in our world. But with fantasy, we have to create whole new worlds from scratch. This means we’re responsible for making fictional economies that suspended disbelief by being functional.
Sometimes a character’s personality just doesn’t want to come to you. You might have the rest of your characters set in stone, the world crafted, and the plot completely mapped out, but your protagonist is evading you.