Of the essentials of a story, characters, theme, style and setting, the latter is perhaps the most difficult for new or dilettante writers to manage. Take for example this first paragraph excerpt from the short story Family Gathering by Paul Beckman from Fictive Dream (a excellent site). The laughers come first. They always arrive early… Continue reading Forging The Mappa Mundi | Part 1
prompt #1 There was nothing known not made of energy. prompt #2 The terrorists hit the power grid, hoping for a revolution, receiving instead only the slow and agonizing death of starvation. prompt#3 A million gears whirred with a synchronous clattering as the ardent machinist's great, metal citywalker roared to life and rose up from the ground… Continue reading Writing Prompts 9/10/18 – Energy
Passive & Active Character individuation The accent, cadence, lexiconical reach and narrated description of a character all lend themselves to differentiating them upon the page from every other, however, the former three are oft neglected by burgeoning writers. This is usually a by-product of theme fixation and character repetition and should be guarded against. Having… Continue reading OVERLOOKED FUNDAMENTALS OF FICTION WRITING (PART III)
Overlooked aspects of character and theme Whilst bearing the overwhelming importance of world inconsistency in mind we will now turn our attention to characters and their portrayal. A good fiction writer must be a good actor, his characters must not all be but mere extensions of his own idiosyncrasies, if so the characters will assume a kind… Continue reading OVERLOOKED FUNDAMENTALS OF FICTION WRITING (PART II)
Some overlooked fundamentals of fiction writing.