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PLOT IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD

Posted by ehendricks at Oct 22, 2015 1:13 am in , ,

By Elysa Hendricks Let’s face it, PLOT is a four-letter word.  But what is Plot? Webster’s Dictionary defines Plot as: the arrangement of the incidents in a play, novel, or narrative poem.  Or Plotted – Plotting: to plan the action of a story. But Plot is not your story.  Plot is what happens in your […]

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For the Love of Science Fiction Romance by Darlene Reilley

Posted by Guest at Sep 25, 2015 12:31 am in , ,

I wish there were more science fiction in romance (SFR). I see dribbles of it here and there, but I have only experienced the you’ve-been-hit-over-the-head-by-a-phenomenal-book feeling a few times. And I want that feeling. I crave it. I search for it constantly as a reader and as a writer I strive to achieve the feeling […]

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5 Things I want from a Science Fiction Romance

Posted by Guest at Mar 27, 2014 11:06 pm in , , , ,

 1. Setting. “All the world’s a stage…” according to Shakespeare, and in your story the world is the stage for your characters. Be it Earth, an alien planet, a space station etc. it might seem merely background, but your setting will colour everything in it. A space station? There’s the problem of generating or maintaining gravity and atmosphere (or sudden loss […]

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WHAT IF I WAS AN ALIEN? by Victoria Pinder

Posted by Guest at Jan 2, 2014 8:30 am in , , , , ,

Picture: Awkward teenage girl with huge glasses and thin hair that never did anything. Yep, that was me. And before I was swept away in a romance, add to the geeky scene pants that went to high, comic books before they were considered trendy, plaid shirts, and a father who enjoys science fiction enough to […]

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Shocking your World to Life by JC Hay

Posted by Guest at Jul 29, 2013 10:00 am in , , , , , , , , ,

You’ve seen the arguments on-line, so I won’t bother going into the details. Certain entities have accused writers of science fiction romance (SFR) of being light on the science, to the point of leveling the term space opera (as though that were some kind of insult). Despite my pride at being lumped in alongside such […]

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FUN WITH ANIMAL FACTS:

Posted by Guest at Jun 10, 2013 7:30 am in , , , , , , , ,

author Isabo Kelly Using Earth Biology to Create Otherworldly Creatures by Isabo Kelly As writers of paranormal, fantasy and science fiction romances, we spend a lot of time developing otherworldly creatures, be they supernatural or extra-terrestrial. But there’s no reason we need to stick to set parameters for these creations. (If readers required strict adherence […]

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CREATING A WORLD IN 5 EASY STEPS by Nancy Northcott

Posted by Guest at Oct 25, 2012 8:00 am in , , , , , , , , , ,

Solid, consistent worldbuilding creates a culture that adds valuable texture to a story.  By the same token, careless or confusing worldbuilding can confuse readers and detract from the plot.  So let’s look at the process of creating a setting.   1.  Pick The Setting.  This doesn’t mean merely choosing a spacefaring society or a post-apocalyptic […]

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A TASK BASED PLAN by Lynn Crain

Posted by Guest at Aug 23, 2012 8:00 am in , , , , , , , , , ,

            Such a formidable title for such an essential tool. Most of you know this as a ‘To Do’ list and it’s imperative every writer have one.             There are many different types of these lists. I have them for my works-in-progress, for my daily writing goals and a general one that I use for […]

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Fantasy and Science Fiction

Posted by Guest at Jul 22, 2009 3:19 pm in , ,

Today we’re going to have two guest blogs since last week was RWA National Convention. Please welcome PAN author Eilis Flynn. Is there a difference between fantasy and science fiction? Of course there is. One has a background with no logic or rationale, while the other has a background that’s all logic and rationale. They […]

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