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Writing: Your Characters Must Earn (or Have Earned) Their Skills

If you want your reader to believe in your make-believe world and suspend disbelief, make sure to show that your characters have earned their skills, knowledge, and powers. Michael Jordan is quite possibly the world’s greatest, most skilled basketball player. … Continue reading

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Writing: Keeping Character Confrontation Results Realistic

If you don’t prove your character deserves to win, no amount of writing technique is going to get your readers to suspend disbelief and buy into your story. Picture a baseball field. Imagine that Roger Clemons has taken the mound. … 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 Technique: Using Archetypes

  Use familiar archetypes of known fantasy creatures, aliens, and paranormal beings to surround the unbelievable with the believable. If you are new to this blog, I’ve been writing a series of posts about writing speculative fiction, including fantasy, science … Continue reading

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Surround the Unbelievable with the Believable Using Social Norms

  Surround the Unbelievable with the Believable Using Social Norms Making Make-Believe Believable: Your setting may take place on another planet; your characters may be fighting a race of alien wizards; but you can surround the unbelievable with the believable … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Descriptive Techniques: #1—Create a Main Impression

Creating a main impression in your scenes will manipulate your readers’ minds into filling in the unwritten details for you. I have been out of town and away from consistent wifi for over three weeks while I went on vacation … Continue reading

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