Tag Archives: Suspension of disbelief

M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: The Science of Fantasy 02/22/15

This thought literally crossed my mind tonight: “If iron and lodestone can repel magic [in my Michael Lodestone pulp/urban fantasy world], then magic has a magnetic field. That means JT can develop sensors to track it!” [JT is one of … Continue reading

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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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My Friday NecronomiCon Panel/Signing Schedule–St. Petersburg, FL

This weekend, I am speaking on panels and signing books at NecronomiCon at the Hilton Bayfront in St. Petersburg, FL. PLEASE NOTE: We had a little problem with the book shipments for this weekend. (And this has nothing to do … Continue reading

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Writing: Use Realistic Numbers, Sizes, and Time Limits

Both mainstream and speculative writers need to make sure they do their research on numbers, spaces, sizes, and time limits. If your readers don’t trust your numbers, they won’t trust you, nor will they suspend their disbelief for you again.  … 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: Why the Laws of Thermodynamics Are Important to Your Story

Even writers of epic fantasy stories need to be grounded in a good understanding of the effects of the three laws of thermodynamics. In Back to the Future 3, Marty McFly finds himself trapped in the Wild West during the … 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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