Where does art exist? Is it in the image on the page or is it in the mind of the person viewing that image?
It’s almost an absurd question, but the implications are serious. Because what art means depends on whose space it shares. … More Creativity and Meaning
Romance becomes dramatic when your characters’ emotions converge, but their agendas diverge.
How do we get the best dramatic struggles to torment our lovers?
There are two ways that work in romance, one more than the other. … More Simple Writing Tips 3: Good Romance
Don’t be interesting. (And Don’t be Nice to Your Readers Either.)
In a book, you cannot afford to be polite. You want the reader to react and to be curious about the people and their world. Different words are needed. Specific words. HONEST words. Words with some effort of thought behind them. … More Simple Writing Tips 2: Don’t be Interesting.
The reader must begin your story with a great line, but you don’t have to begin your story by writing a great line.
Every writer knows you must kidnap your reader from their world and drag them back to yours from the first word. That’s what we’re told early in our author training … More Simple Writing Tips 1: Opening Lines
Of course I visited Mabaruma as part of the launch of Children of the Spider. After all, this is where our two heroes begin their journey.
Getting to Mabaruma is only possible by aircraft or river. As you can see in the satellite picture, it lies in a sea of green jungle, isolated in many important ways, but not out of touch, as I was about to find out. … More Discovering Sci-Fi at Mabaruma.