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We’ve spoken before about how little details can help color your storyworld. Societal habits, mating customs, dinner choices, and environmental aspects are …

August 10, 2017
Evil in the Water

If you’re writing a novel, you can’t do so without a healthy dose of tension. Whatever the protagonist’s goal is, your job …

July 9, 2017

Well, it took God six days to complete the one you’re living in, so don’t expect to make yours in one day. Worlds are complicated things, and in order to make one believable, you’ll need to take into consideration a whole host of things from politics to geography.

July 8, 2017

So, I’m going to be talking about sex today. Again. My last article on the subject had more to do with the …

June 9, 2017

Recently, a friend of mine asked me if western civilization was at the end of its life cycle. It’s a loaded question, …

May 11, 2017

“Based on what we know of the creature’s hormones,” Doctor Stein said, “we’ve managed to keep our little captive sedated.” “Drugs?” Jim …

April 17, 2017

Before Jim or Doctor Stein had time to think, the egg burst in Jim’s hand, sending shell fragments around the laboratory. When …

March 13, 2017
AnatomyGraysSex

Jim held a gray spheroid up to the light. “So Doc, you’re saying the sex of this alien was actually female?” “That …

February 13, 2017

The autopsy window allowed Jim a clear view of the good doctor’s grim work. The gray-skinned corpse had been cut open from …

January 16, 2017

Jim always thought first contact with an alien race would involve ceremony and formality. But standing over the bullet-riddled corpse of one …

December 18, 2016
Character Eyes

The carbine was still jammed and Jim couldn’t do anything to fix it. He finally tossed it aside and cursed the shoddy …

November 9, 2016

The murmur of countless alien tongues subsided as the chairman of the interstellar council called for order. The delegates to Mecatol Rex …

October 11, 2016

As Tatooine’s twin suns slowly inch to the sand dunes in the horizon, a lone figure strains his eyes as he scans …

September 11, 2016

Last month we discussed various methods of communication in a fantasy realm. The general idea was that you can’t assume instantaneous messages …

August 15, 2016

Written forms of communication have existed since the first man decided to scratch something on a cave wall, allowing all to see …

July 10, 2016
Education

Have you considered education? No, this isn’t an article about how to raise your kids, this is an article about how to …

June 12, 2016

In order to write fictitious people groups into your storyworld, you’ll need to consider the civilization in which these creatures live. That …

May 8, 2016
Sci Fi Military Technology

Last month we talked about military technology and how it can be just as important in a fantasy book as a sci-fi …

April 3, 2016
Fantasy MilTech

Military technology is an important consideration when writing speculative fiction, but sci-fi authors aren’t the only ones who need to think about …

March 6, 2016
ThingsOfValue

When writing a speculative fiction novel, determine what the things of value are in your world. Water, food, shelter-building resources, fuel: these are …

February 7, 2016
Food for your Storyworld

Regardless how fantastic the setting, the people in your book must treat their environment as commonplace. A character who regularly interacts with …

November 28, 2015
Governance

Last month, we looked at governance by law first, and people second. If the characters in your book find themselves in such a country, …

October 4, 2015
Governance

The people in your world need governance. I’m sorry. I wish I could make it untrue, but a believable ruling system exists …

September 5, 2015
Christian Fantasy

Last month we looked at writing fictitious, sentient creatures within our own universe. In summary, God has a plan for them, but …

August 4, 2015

Atheists believe all creatures evolved over countless millennia of bloodshed, allowing only the fittest members of a species to breed. They therefore …

July 3, 2015
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