The Glory and Utility of Fandom

The funny thing about fan fiction is that it exists both at the top and the bottom of the writing food chain. A lot of writers start with fan fiction because they find a story that inspires them so much that it galvanizes them to experiment, and this is why they pick up a penContinue reading “The Glory and Utility of Fandom”

The Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Universe Part 4: Technology

This is a continuation of my multi-part listicle on world building. If you want to read the other parts, click here. Technology is a subject of incredible depth in storytelling and world building. Technology, at any level of sophistication, is likely to play a role in your story, and it must be accounted for whenContinue reading “The Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Universe Part 4: Technology”

The Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Universe Part 3: Titles and Naming Conventions

This is a continuation of my multi-part listicle on world building. If you want to read the other parts, in which I cover my experiences and opinions on language and time as they pertain to world building, click here. Oboro Dono. Herr Schindler. Agent Bond. Princess Cirilla. Warrant Officer Ripley. Moiraine Sedai. Detective Holmes. LordContinue reading “The Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Universe Part 3: Titles and Naming Conventions”

Making History

Historical fiction is the genre of writing that fictionalizes events in an historical era of Earth. In works of historical fiction, expect to find actors—be they historically grounded or entirely original—actively participating in events of historical significance, or living their stories with an historical event prominent in the background. Think about how the movie TheContinue reading “Making History”