Welcome to 2016! I was going to write something meaningful for this occasion, but frankly, I've got too much family holiday insanity going on to take the time to be properly sentimental and philosophical, so I won't re-say what everyone else is probably already saying. (Let go of the old, embrace the new, etc.)
I'm taking a break from my Moonstone updates this week to bring you something that has been germinating for a while: my top 5 pet peeves about fantasy. Enjoy!
If you’re a writer, you could learn a thing or two from the Doctor Who creators about how to create effective monsters/villains. And if you're a reader or a fan, you might enjoy understanding exactly why your skin crawls when you see certain Doctor Who monsters.
Note: This post does not give a solid answer to the question raised in the title, but it does discuss the pros and cons of using “bad language,” so that you can make an informed opinion. Also, since there’s a discussion of bad language, I do *shocker* include the words d--- and h--- when showing examples of writing with and without swearing.
One of my favorite things about fiction, particularly speculative fiction, is its ability to comment on life in the context of story. That's what my #TruthInFiction series is all about.
Today’s #TruthInFiction comes from Chapter X of 1984 by George Orwell, in which the main character, Winston, looks out a second-story window and notices a working woman hanging laundry on the line.
I believe that the three essential building block of a winning story are:
Let me explain why each of these is important:
I agree with J. R. R. Tolkien about many things, but where I disagree with him is when he states the following:
1. I think people do sci-fi a huge disservice by lumping it as some sort of bizarre subculture genre when I think everybody's lives are impacted by sci-fi at some point.
2. It's ironic: In movies, the most successful films of all time have been sci-fi or fantasy. By far. But a lot of people won't even read science fiction books.
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