Monthly Archives: October 2012

Writing: Making Sure Your Make-Believe Elements Work Correctly

If you want to make your make-believe elements feel believable, they have to work correctly and logically within the world you have created.   For the past few weeks, I’ve been writing a series of posts about writing speculative fiction, … Continue reading

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Writing: Character Reactions Can Make Or Break Suspension of Disbelief

Character reactions to and use of your make-believe elements can make or break your reader’s suspension of disbelief. I’m a huge Yankees fan. During baseball season—especially the final few weeks and the playoffs—I do whatever it takes to keep track … Continue reading

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Writing: Using Imperfection to Make Fiction Feel Believable

Everything we experience will face the forces of failure, breakage, and decay. Your make-believe elements should be the same. Their imperfections can make them feel real and create the suspension of disbelief in the reader. For the past few weeks, … Continue reading

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Writing: Make Fiction Feel Believable With Sensory Details

Sensory details can make the unbelievable elements in your story feel real. The trick is making sure you, as the author, know how your make-believe elements feel to begin with. In other words, sometimes this (below) is a necessary part … Continue reading

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Writing: Make Your Make-Believe Elements Feel Believable

Getting your reader to suspend disbelief requires you to make your make-believe elements feel real. Fortunately, you have several techniques at your fingertips, which we will be discussing this week. It’s October! Tis the season for walking in brisk, cool … Continue reading

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Sample Sunday: Out of the Shadows–Chapter 25

  For Sample Sunday, I figured I would post a sample of the 2nd novel in my Elysian Chronicles series, Out of the Shadows. This chapter takes place at the United States Naval Academy where one of my main characters, … Continue reading

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Today’s Writing Muse: The Swamp

Swamps make such great settings. The plants look odd. (Seriously, look at those tree roots!) The potential for gross out moments escalates with murky water and the who-knows-whats-in-it muck under the water. Quite a few of the inhabitants bite. You … Continue reading

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Writing Technique: Star Wars–an Example of How to Break the Rules

Almost any writing rule can be broken, as long as the author 1) earns the right to break it and 2) executes properly. For the past few weeks, we’ve been discussing how to create the suspension of disbelief in readers … Continue reading

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Writing Technique: Prep the Reader for Your Plot Twist and/or Make-Believe Element

Using a few techniques to prepare your reader for you plot twist or your make-believe element can draw your reader into your story, increase suspense, and create a huge emotional reaction in your reader. I was probably three or four … Continue reading

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Writing Technique: Creating Believable Worlds, Characters & Creatures

Even your make-believe worlds, characters, and creatures should still contain believable elements. Use what you know about human nature, history, economics, government, and science to make your world feel real. Movies are full of ostentatious stunts and explosions that most … Continue reading

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