‘Strong, independent female’ is a meaningless label. Use more powerful descriptors to create a memorable identity.
You have finite time and energy. The world has infinite distractions. How, then, can a writer stay true to his calling? I began writing my first novel when I was 13. Every day, I sat at my beat-up second-hand laptop and wrote. I wrote and wrote and wrote until I was done. Then I went […]
Fiction writing is about truth. The truth of your vision and the truth of the world. The best stories marry these truths into a seamless, dazzling, inspiring whole. The truth of your vision is at once simple and complicated. It is the story you want to tell. It is the aesthetics of the story world, […]
The first official trailer for Ghost in the Shell is out…and, if anything, I’m even more skeptical about the movie. In an earlier post, I made it clear that I’m not enthusiastic about the movie. After watching the trailer, I’m almost certain my fears will be realised. To be fair, this movie is visually stunning. […]
Guest post on how to win NaNoWriMo. In brief: Just write already.
A new paradigm is coming to the field of science fiction and fantasy short fiction. Traditionally, SFF magazines publish a few stories every issue. In exchange for a subscription fee, print mags deliver them to your doorstep, while webzines send them to your inbox. Other short fiction ‘zines also compile themed anthologies for your viewing […]
(Image c/o Flavorwire) This article by TODAY newspaper on female writers is heavy on human interest and light on facts. In fact, the lede flies in the face of reality. The literary scene has long been dominated by men. Despite notable female authors such as J K Rowling and, closer to home, Catherine Lim, the […]