by David Alexander Smith Theme and meaning. Does the story move us? So we emerge from our fictional journey emotionally engaged, or wiser than we went in? Do we remember the story after we’re done? Along the way, does the story force us to think? Do we re-examine, or see afresh, things we take for […]
Archive for the ‘The Craft of Writing’ Category
by David Alexander Smith Those of us who’ve been in the Cambridge SF Workshop for some time have developed an approach to critiquing that we find serves us well. These principles — our Critiquing Manifesto — help us work together to create the best fiction we can. 1. Why Are We Here? Often workshops founder […]
by David Smith This is only a partial list of the terms we have found most useful in critiquing sf. The glossary is issued now and then … but it is a living document. Amendments are welcome. If you use additional terms, or have better examples than those listed here, please suggest them. Action outline […]
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Article by science fiction writer Vonda N. McIntyre on manuscript preparation for SF/F genre fiction authors.
Article by Elizabeth Moon on advice for novice writers. Novice writers have to take some responsibility for their own careers. The good information is NOT that hard to find. The novices who don’t find it–and don’t find it repeatedly–are resisting the truth.
James Van Pelt writes on perseverance as a writer.
An article by Chuck Rothman on the correct manuscript format for sf/f fiction.
Article by Chuck Rothman on how to obtain a word count for a work of fiction ready for submission.
Mistakes commonly made by writers – how to spot them and how to avoid them.