Category Archive for: ‘How to Think Sideways’

Genre Swapping

It has been said that a certain, well-loved sci-fi franchise is really nothing more than a western in space. One …

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Finding the Friction

Let’s face it – as writers we do terrible things to our characters. It’s not that we really want to. …

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Changing trajectory

If you’re aiming for Mars, and the trajectory is off by even a tiny margin, you might miss your target …

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Feeding back

Maybe you’re looking for help on a sticky story line. Maybe you’re looking for a pat on the back from …

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Writing without revising

I’ve known a lot of writers who never get around to being finishers. The problem is that somewhere along the …

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Revisiting your Map

From time to time, writers need to start over. Sometimes a project simply goes sideways and plans need to be …

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Frightening Franken-Novels

So, I was writing this story, see? And I really liked the main character. But she needed to discover a …

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Push Your LUC

Writers have a lot of tools to draw on when working on stories. One of the coolest is the Law …

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Streamlining Your Story

The ability to summarize a story in a few words is a sign of strong storytelling. Try it, and you’ll …

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Your Character’s Career

Unless they plan to write about a very limited spectrum of ideas and experiences, one thing every writer needs to …

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