49 Science Fiction Terms Writers Should Know

A lot goes into writing a science fiction novel, and for most of us science noobs, things can get confusing fast, especially when words like technocracy and quantum slip steam get thrown around. So I thought I’d introduce you to some of the science fiction terms and concepts you’ll come across in the genre. I […]

Science Fiction: Putting the Science into Fiction

Science fiction is a genre, unlike many others. It’s grounded in reality but also far-fetched in its technology and content matter. It’s also a young genre that has captured the hearts of millions of people worldwide. Could it have something to do with our innate sense of curiosity? I mean, who here hasn’t thought about […]

False Protagonist: What are They and How to Use Them

This quote by TV Tropes sums up the false protagonist beautifully: So you’ve got your hero. They practically have a giant neon sign over their head that says they’re a hero. It might be subtle, but it’s fairly obvious you’ve found the person who’ll save the day, get the girl/guy, and live a long and […]

What’s the Deal with Anti-Heroes?

I don’t know about you, but I think the world has fallen in love with the idea of anti-heroes. We’ve seen many of them take over the big screen in recent years. Deadpool, Venom, the Driver from Drive, Flynn Ryder from Tangled, Tyrion Lannister, etc. have captured our hearts with their humor and underlying goodness. […]

How to Create Memorable Character Names

Names (character names or names for real people) are a big deal. Parents-to-be pore over baby name books for months looking for that “perfect” name. You want the name to mean something, to be unique. You want it to fit your character perfectly. It should hint at the story that will come as we journey […]

Why is Character Development so Important?

When you ask most people what they like about Harry Potter or Gone with the Wind, it isn’t the plot that gets gushed over. It’s the characters. Our plot would mean nothing without characters to move it forward, making character development a vital part of the planning process. And character development gets confusing fast. There […]

The Ultimate Guide to Plot (Part 6): Messing with Plot

Hey, Lovelies! Welcome to the final installment of the Ultimate Guide to Plot. This won’t be the grand finale for all plot-related things, but we will be taking a break from it. I’m undecided on what I want to talk about next, so next week will be a surprise for us all. It might have […]

The Ultimate Guide to Plot (Part 5): Beware of Plot Armor and Plot Holes

Hey, Lovelies! We’re nearing the end of our intensive look at plot. We’ve got one more topic that we’ll be covering after this installment before we move on to other subjects. It won’t be the complete end of our discussion of plot, as there is a lot of ground to cover on that front. If […]