I haven't talked much about writing poetry on this blog. I have, however, talked quite a bit about speculative genres, mainly science fiction and fantasy. When you think about these genres, you might think of fiction, including novels and short stories. But speculative poetry also exists, and it acts as a great way to take … Continue reading How to Write Speculative Poetry
To answer the question, it depends on how you look at it. You could technically say that, yes, science fiction existed in the Middle Ages long before science fiction was really classified. Long before science fiction became known as a genre in the literary world. It wouldn't be exactly like what we read today, especially … Continue reading Did Science Fiction Exist in Medieval Times?
Everyone knows about science fiction and fantasy, but what about science fantasy? This is another one of those hybrid genres within speculative fiction that don't strictly follow science fiction or fantasy rules. However, this hybrid speculative genre utilizes various tropes and ideas that both science fiction and fantasy often use, meaning it's super easy to … Continue reading What Is Science Fantasy?
Thinking about publishing your speculative fiction novel but don't know where to start? It's true there are plenty of publishers out there, but narrowing the best science fiction and fantasy publishers down isn't too difficult. Some of these speculative fiction small presses also accept speculative genres such as horror, gothic, and all kinds of subgenres. … Continue reading Speculative Fiction Small Presses
We all know about tropes. They pop up in any form of writing, and often a hallmark of good writing is a writer's ability to tackle tropes, whether by exceeding the reader's expectations with them or subverting them altogether. Obviously, no genre is immune to any of these, but different tropes appear depending on what … Continue reading Science Fiction Tropes to Subvert
With all the craziness going on this week (and an awesome interview with E. J. Robison) here's a shorter post dedicated to a bunch of writing contests coming up. Writing contests offer writers the opportunity to advance their careers through the promotion of their work if they place. They also receive a lot of benefits … Continue reading Upcoming Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writing Contests
I'll start off by saying that I hate writing the beginning of a book. I can't stop myself from trying to include every detail I think is important or provide as much context as possible to make everything as straightforward as possible. (Clarity is not my strong suit, as Grammarly aptly reminds me even as … Continue reading How to Write A Prologue
Looking for more resources for worldbuilding? I always am! This source starts off with a great explanation of what worldbuilding is, then goes through the facets of culture for creating a world of your own. This article offers both examples and templates to help get you started as well, so you can learn from past … Continue reading Reblog: 15 Worldbuilding Tips for Writers – Dave Chesson
A while back I did a post on the different types of fantasy, so I thought I would expand on that and look at my other favorite genre: science fiction. I may or may not be partial to fantasy, given it seems that most science fiction is so bleak (2001, anybody?), but as you might … Continue reading The Different Types of Science Fiction
A while back (longer than I care to admit) I came across the term "causal loop" while researching some cool ideas for a science fiction short story. Against my better judgment I decided to write a story where the main twist revolves around a causal loop. That story is... still in the works, but I … Continue reading What Is A Causal Loop in Science Fiction?