Actual Racial Diversity in My Characters

Actual Racial Diversity in My Characters

In an other post I talked about gender diversity in my cast of characters. That is all well and interesting and relevant to current society and the state of media, but a bit immaterial in the Empire of my world as gender doesn't really have meaning asides from personal preference. A moot issue. A issue that is slightly less moot in the Empire is a individual's race (species, if you are unfamiliar with my lingo.) As in, whether an individual...

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🗓 11 Apr 2016
📁 World Building

Interweaving Multiple Tones

Interweaving Multiple Tones

Life is filled with humor and sadness. Tragedy and absurdity. Drama and dullness. Everything is a part of everything. So my work reflects that. I think saying that a work should have x tone or be 'dark,' is kind of silly, unless you are going for a specifically genre-defined work. And I think it is just too restricting. I can write whatever I want to how I want it to be. So I have humorous sections and really tragic sections....

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🗓 14 Mar 2016
📁 Writing

Gender Diversity in My Characters

Gender Diversity in My Characters

I'm the type of person that likes diversity in TV shows and movies. There should be gender diversity -- a pretty equal balance between females and males and the cast should be racially diverse, in my opinion. Of course, this does not hold for period pieces or settings that clearly have a dominant race or clearly sexist society or something. I'm not a Social Justice Warrior (SJW) or anything, I just want diversity---not white males dominating the screen all the...

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🗓 18 Jan 2016
📁 World Building

The Use of Genre

The Use of Genre

I've rambled about genre before. I'm not going to repeat myself and say what genre is or isn't or what not. This is, instead, a vague response to a trend I've noticed. I've seen a lot of posts recently discussing why science fiction and fantasy are important. How they can help society and such. I don't disagree with such things on principle. The use of genre can make a theme resonate more. Genre is a device of its own that...

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🗓 07 Jan 2016
📁 Publishing 📁 Writing

My Writing Process

My Writing Process

How do I write? What is my illusive writing process that can sometimes take forever and befuddle the minds of those that hear about? Wonder about it? Probably not, but I am going to share anyway because I can. My writing process breaks down into three stages. Writing, editing/buffing/filling out, and polishing. I like to refer to them as the skeleton, meat, and skin/polish stages. You'll see why as I explain what I do in them. Writing (the skeleton) Pretty...

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🗓 05 Dec 2015
📁 Writing

Being off beat (and loving it.)

Being off beat (and loving it.)

So, How to Stop Wildfire was reviewed by T.R Briar, an author of a series called Realm Wraith that I liked a lot. The point that really stuck with me was how he said the book was off beat. Which is kind of obvious if you have read it. But it wasn't really that obvious to me. I mean, I knew it was out there, but sometimes I forget how...bizarre it is to the uninitiated. Off beat. I'm so used...

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🗓 01 Oct 2015
📁 Publishing

Who to Write for

Who to Write for

Who do you write for? There are actually two ways to interpret that question. Who to write for as in a more literal, who-is-your-audience type way. As in, who is going to read said work. The intended audience. Like if you are writing a post about start-ups, then your audience is someone in that business or interested in being in that business. The other way is the more metaphorical sense. Who are you writing for. In the greater way. Like...

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🗓 21 Sep 2015
📁 Publishing

Outlines: What are they good for?

Outlines: What are they good for?

Originally published on Medium Alternatively titled: Plans? Who needs plans? Anyway. I was inspired by this Goodreads blog post. In which, it mildly goes into which authors/writers are ‘planners’ and which are ‘pantsers.’ Script or improv, basically. Whether the author plans out the book in some fashion or just makes it up as they go along. The differences in execution can be pretty clear between the two. Pantsers will have less foreshadowing and more ‘breaks,’ but a potentially more creative...

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🗓 01 Sep 2015
📁 Writing

Genre Expectations

Genre Expectations

The expectation that when reading a humor book you are going to laugh. That when reading a women's fiction novel women are going to be portrayed strongly. That a mystery book is going to have a mystery. Genre expectations are basic ideas about a book's premise that you can ascribe to it based solely on knowledge of genre. Not all of these ideas are going to be correct, some of them are most certainly going to be wrong. But we...

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🗓 06 Aug 2015
📁 Publishing

Elemental Themes

Elemental Themes

After getting the first draft of the second book (title still undetermined) done I realized something. Water was a theme throughout and when I was trying to figure out the title I was angling for a water-themed title. Similar to how fire is a central component in How to Stop Wildfire and the title is a direct reference to that. So book two is going to be something like At Water's Edge or The Heart of the Riptide. The basic...

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🗓 13 Jun 2015
📁 World Building