Tag Archive | literature

Genre as Argument


Tweet of the Day: I remember Space Quest. Do You?  ——– Short post today. In upcoming weeks I’ll be exploring the idea of genre (and sub-genres) as argument. The idea is that each book presents an argument, for or against a given world view, even if the author is not making direct appeals to his […]

Breaking Radio Silence


  Tweet of the Day: Writing Excuses 7.48: Pixar Rules for Writing a Compelling Story ——- Posting has been twitchy of late. Lots of deadlines at the end of the month: ongoing series, an entry into an SFR anthology and some major changes to the current WiP. Talking of the WiP, I’m thinking that I […]

TV Tropes Monday: Plot Tumor


Tweet of the Day: Bring On The (Non) Kinck-Butt Sci-Fi Romance Heroines! ——– In the eternal quest to give stories the mythical “depth” everybody demands, writers often add, weave or pile on the subplots. They stem from Jenny’s dark years spent on the streets to Matt losing his mother at a young age. Or they […]

TV Tropes Monday: Meaningful Name


Tweet of the Day: Physical Attributes Thesaurus: Eyes ——– This trope is all about names. It is so common especially, but certainly not limited to speculative fiction, that not finding it is nearly impossible.  A meaningful name can come from the characters parents, through a puberty ritual, as an epithet that reflects the characters deeds […]

Lessons for the Aether: National Novel Writing Month


Tweet of the Day: Designing from the Bones- Otherworld ——- A strange post today, for it is All Hollow’s Eve as well as the day before National Novel Writing Month. What makes it even weirder is that if there is a time and place to learn about writing and what it takes to be a […]

TV Tropes Monday: Action Film, Quite Drama Scene


Tweet of the Day: Writing Excuses 7.44: Writing for Comics ——– Move the story forward! Raise the stakes! Punch up the action! Take a break…. Wait, what? Yes, sometimes you need to take a break from the action and give the characters (and the audience) a moment to catch their breath. Hence this trope. A […]

TV Tropes Monday: The Woman in White


  Tweet of the Day: Writing The White Cliffs ——– This trope is all about color, specifically the color white. I am not going to write about that. Yes, really. I am going to write about color. Color, specially when done in monochromatic way, i.e. a figure or object endowed with a single (usually primary) […]