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Writing: Using Your Characters’ Words to Develop Their Character

When I mention using words as part of character development, I’m not just talking about writing dialogue. Dialogue can progress the plot and reveal thoughts, but the words your character chooses to use reveal much more than those. Here are … Continue reading

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The Debt Women Owe Carrie Fisher

Today Carrie Fisher passed away, and I lost my childhood hero. I rarely blog twice in one day, and I never blog about celebrity deaths, but Carrie’s effect on my life and the lives of countless women needs to be … Continue reading

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Writing: How to Govern Your Make-Believe Elements

Even if you are writing speculative fiction that defies the laws of physics, you must give yourself boundaries. Otherwise, you will destroy your story. When I was growing up, I had a few favorite movies that I watched over and … Continue reading

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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 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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Surround the Unbelievable with the Believable: Using Hybrid Magic & Technology

Making Make-Believe Believable: Surround the unbelievable with the believable by creating technology, weapons, and magic that is a hybrid of something already familiar to the reader. If you are new to this blog, I’ve been writing a series of posts … Continue reading

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Suspending Disbelief: Understanding the Reader’s Reality Filters

Making Make-Believe Believable: Before you can get your reader to suspend his or her disbelief, you must have a good understanding of your target audience’s reality filters. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, most of us … Continue reading

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