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I have had an extremely hard time writing this. There’s a reason why a lawyer’s vocation is called a practice. The subject is so vast that no one person can boast such a knowledge of it to be considered truly done with their training. The human mind just isn’t that capable, and boiling it downContinue reading “The Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Universe Part 6: Government”
Author J.M. Stephens wins the April Fan Fiction writing contest with Batman and Robin: The Chinese Connection, a hilarious, fun-filled romp through the golden-age of television. April 2021—Prose Opiate’s most prolific and frequent contestant, J.M. Stephens, has completed a new e-book and won the April Fan Fiction contest. Batman and Robin: The Chinese Connection readsContinue reading “Winner of the April 2021 Fan Fiction Short Story Contest: J.M. Stephens”
Writing a good mystery is tough. Mysteries are probably some of the toughest projects I’ve ever undertaken as a writer because I wanted to do it right, and they’re so easy to do wrong. A lazy mystery writer will produce a story that’s technically a mystery, but wrongly relies on unpresented information, esoteric information, convenientContinue reading “The Mystery of Mysteries”
Amateur author Clark Endicott wins the March science fiction writing contest with “Moksha,” an action-packed tale that interrogates reality, identity, and loss. March 2021—We received a few good entries for our science fiction short story contest, but Mr. Endicott’s speculative sci-fi action piece, Moksha, stood well above the rest. He declined the author spotlight interview,Continue reading “Winner of the March 2021 Science Fiction Short Story Contest: Clark Endicott”
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”
Admin: What can you tell us about the process or inspiration behind The Taxi Driver? What’s the story behind the story? Stephens: To be honest, the story is a very condensed version of a book I wrote called ehookup.org, which follows the story of Ted and Jill, as their marriage deteriorates. As with all myContinue reading “Winner of the February 2021 Romance Short Story Contest: J.M. Stephens”
I have only one piece of advice to offer if you’re thinking about writing a sci-fi story. Write a story that can only be told through the lens of science fiction. I’m afraid sci-fi is too often marginalized as a sub-genre, which boils the term down to an aesthetic rather than its own separate culturalContinue reading “Science. Fiction.”
Taking nature into account during your worldbuilding means thinking about everything that you take for granted. Most stories just take place on Earth. As a resident of Earth (probably) you have at least a cursory understanding of what life on Earth is like. You probably already understand that Earth gets a bit colder near theContinue reading “The Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Universe Part 5: Nature”
It’s time to talk about the romance genre, and I want to start by dropping a bit of a bomb on you (a big bomb if you’re really into romance novels): Romance Novels are just like High Fantasy novels. Seriously. Not only are romance and high fantasy two of the oldest sub-genres known to mankind,Continue reading “What is Love?”
Admin: So, first question: Who is J.M. Rivers? Do you write professionally, or only as a hobby? What do you do when you’re not writing? Rivers: J.M. Rivers is a creative who tells stories through words. These words illicit strong emotions and leave lasting impressions. I write mainly as a hobby. Professionally, I am aContinue reading “Winner of the January 2021 Fantasy Fiction Contest: J.M. Rivers”
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