Month: June 2014

15 slightly confusing words that every fantasy and science fiction writer should know how to use.

I put together this list of fifteen word pairs that are easily confused, but that should be in every fantasy and science fiction writer’s arsenal.  Some of the pairs are true homophones, others are just close enough that many people confuse them.  There are many webpages on the net with larger and more extensive lists…

Am I mastering my characters’ POV? Not.

Ian published a very informative blog about 1st person POV (http://writersintraining.com/2014/05/03/putting-the-is-in-fiction-writing-in-first-person), which I read thirstily because, as a member of the same critique group, I feel he masters that difficult 1st person POV outside of the memoir genre. For my fantasy novel, I knew I wanted to use some sort of 3rd person POV for…

The Appeal to Authority

Here’s some of my favorite advice from writers about writing: “Somehow I had come up with the notion that one’s personal life had nothing to do with fiction, when the truth, as everyone knows, is nearly the direct opposite…the fiction…that moved and pleased me then as now was precisely that which had been made luminous,…