We don’t create in a vacuum. Everything we read and everything we watch contributes to our own fiction. And the more we understand what was created before us, the more we can create original work – an interesting idea isn’t it? Know what went before, it will help you right now.
Mary Shelly wrote the first science fiction novel. She was influenced by peer pressure – to prove to her future husband and his friend that she could write up a scary story – and she was influenced by the scientific discoveries at the time, like Electricity. Experiments were being done to re-animate body partsRead More
The Future is Right Now
When we write a Science Fiction, or Time Travel based story, we sometimes get caught up in the whole fantastic world we imagine. We lovingly describe all this marvelous technology in long, unnecessary paragraphs. We make the characters discuss the new technology ad nauseam. We love this new bright shiny world and are determined to describe every block of the new city on the hill, every corner of the Jetson-like abode.
Don’t do this.
It’s not just about future world.
Make the future (fantasy, time travel) part of the plot, or give technology or lack there in, a hand in the crisis point, make it a joke or an aside. Just avoid making future technology theRead More
May 30, 2015
This post was written by CBramkampNewbie Writers Podcast
The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Terry Lucas is the author of three poetry collections: In This Room (forthcoming from CW Books in February of 2016), If They Have Ears to Hear, winner of the 2012 Copperdome Chapbook Award from Southeast Missouri State University Press, and Altar Call, a prize-winning chapbook published in Diesel, the anthology of the 2013 San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival.
Terry’s poems have received five Pushcart Prize nominations, and have been published in some of the nation’s top literary magazines including Best New Poets 2012, Crab Orchard Review (he won the 2014 Special Issue Feature Poet Award), Great River Review, Green Mountains Review, Columbia Poetry Review, and dozens of others. His most recent workRead More
May 29, 2015
This post was written by DamienNewbie Writers Podcast
The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special guest: Robin Sullivan
The business of books
Robin Sullivan joins us this week to discuss how she took her husbands books from self publish to traditional publish in a way that has made Michael Sullivan one of today’s most popular authors. This is a must listen episode that explores how to deal with publishers and their contracts. It is important to pay close attention to the wording!
Here’s some information on Michael’s books:
The title intrigued me, so I signed up to be part of the blog tour for A Mathematical State of Grace. Because of Future Girls, I am interested in the YA dystopic, everything is changed, now what do we do? themed books. And A Mathematical State of Grace does not disappoint. Here is the official description.
The laws of the Universe are ordered and finite. Every mathematical equation has one perfect solution. Jocks lead the high school pack, and nerdy girls go unnoticed.
But what would happen if one day, everything changed?
In one fateful moment, sixteen-year old mathematical prodigy Grace Greenway and Vincente Marino, all-around high school athlete, are unexpectedly thrown together. From that moment on, Grace and Vincente are forced to navigate a strange and wonderful new world together,Read More