No matter what type of world you're creating for a story in mind, whether it be an alternate history or an epic high fantasy or the Next Great American Novel, you have to incorporate at least some aspects of worldbuilding. Even genres such as literary fiction require a distinct setting and characteristics, and careful outlining … Continue reading Basics of Worldbuilding (Part 1)
Hi everyone! I'm pleased to announce two short pieces have been put up at Sour Cherry Mag. The two pieces are called "We Will Always Be Monsters" and "Made of Bones." You can find them here. Also, if you want to know more about submitting to Sour Cherry Mag, you can find their guidelines here. … Continue reading Pieces Up at Sour Cherry Mag!
A while back I talked about mathematics and how it can be used in fiction. The idea was that there's more to math fiction than putting in formulas and just generally having the presence of mathematics in a story. Mathematics as a field can work in fiction by being used creatively in your worldbuilding while … Continue reading Is Mathematical Fiction Just Hard Sci-Fi?
What is it and where do you look for it? Photo by Laura Meinhardt on Pexels.com When people think of mathematics, they most likely think of numbers, complicated formulas and equations, and the absolute frustration that was high school math class. And it's true: learning mathematics isn't an easy thing to do. It takes years, … Continue reading Mathematical Beauty: A Definition
A Look Back at History Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com In the spirit of last week's post, I thought I would add to this series by looking at journals and magazines that look for historical fiction. At first glance, it might not seem like a lot, but many journals that look for genre fiction also … Continue reading Submit to These Literary Journals if You Enjoy This Niche (Part 8)
Photo by Victor on Pexels.com This week, Globe Soup announced the winners and finalists of their 7 Day Story Writing Challenge #5. And I was one of the finalists for the Historical Fiction category! You can find the finalist page here and E. M. Foster under the Historical Fiction Finalist section (there's no link for … Continue reading New Announcement!
Photo by Guillaume Meurice on Pexels.com You can't talk about small presses without bringing the genre portion into the conversation, particularly science fiction and fantasy. These two genres come with mountains of opportunities in the publishing world because it's not just the "small presses" that you'll come across. There are many large and reputable sci-fi … Continue reading You Should Know About This: Small Presses (Sci-fi/Fantasy Edition)
Photo by Mohammad Danish on Pexels.com I've talked about how important it is to submit to literary journals, but how does one submit to literary journals successfully? Because there's plenty of options out there, they all have their own guidelines, and many will say no. It can be a difficult and frustrating process (especially with … Continue reading Tips for Submitting to Literary Journals
Writing Speaks Louder than Words Photo by Ben Mack on Pexels.com What does it mean when writers find their voice, and how exactly do they go about that? This question was at the forefront of my mind all while I was applying to graduate creative writing programs, especially when writing personal statements. Grad schools want … Continue reading How Writers Can Find Their Voice
Photo by Jeswin Thomas on Pexels.com Like I was saying a couple weeks ago, mathematical fiction is both weird and, in some cases, unexplored. But that doesn't mean that the genre hasn't been tapped into. Some books may have mathematical influences that aren't at the forefront, but they could still be called mathematical fiction. Others … Continue reading Notable Mathematical Fiction Books (and Other Recommendations)