Using a Genre; Straight, Satire, or Deconstruction – Part 1

In this series of blog posts, the first in some time due to a variety of factors, I've decided to focus on the three major ways people use genres in general; playing them straight, satirising them, and deconstructing them. Each has merits, and none are set in stone. That's what lovely about them! Playing it … Continue reading Using a Genre; Straight, Satire, or Deconstruction – Part 1

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Using a Genre; Straight, Satire, or Deconstruction – Introduction

Hi there, I'm back with a very long post that needs several parts to say what I want to say. This time, as I've started work on a satire of the fantasy genre, I think I'd like to examine the three major ways people use genres in general; playing them straight, satirising them, and deconstructing … Continue reading Using a Genre; Straight, Satire, or Deconstruction – Introduction

Thoughts from Erica Verrillo – How I Got Published: The Ecstasy

Erica Verrillo is an author of children's books, and is also a personal heroine for what she's doing for writers like me. Through the blog "Publishing... And Other Forms of Insanity", Erica has been slowly but surely building up an incredible resource for people like me - writers just starting out who don't know the … Continue reading Thoughts from Erica Verrillo – How I Got Published: The Ecstasy

Researching a story, and how Wikipedia helped me

Writing fantasy and science fiction may seem like the easy get-out clause for creating detailed settings and such - I mean you could just make things up on the fly. How wrong you are. In even the most fantastic worlds, you must do some degree of research, otherwise your work just comes off as the … Continue reading Researching a story, and how Wikipedia helped me

Reapers are a Writer’s Best Friend; Part 5 – My Take

Let's face it: death in all its myriad and repulsive forms is an inseparable part of life. It's the yin to the yang, the other side of the coin. Nere the twain shall meet, yet one cannot exist without the other. But the problem is that death is liable to be treated in popular media … Continue reading Reapers are a Writer’s Best Friend; Part 5 – My Take