On Rewriting Speculative Fiction

The challenge peculiar to SF: You’re trying to show, not tell. But how do you “show" a world that, to one degree or another, is unknown, unique, and may even operate by physics that are different from the laws your reader subconsciously applies?

2023-03-27T21:01:01-05:00March 20th, 2023|Blog, Issue #12|0 Comments

On Drafts

First draft: In your first draft you get to be Wild Being of the Woods. Write crazy. Stop and start, veer off, break rules, color outside the lines. Let the story discover itself. Later you can figure out what to do with it.

2021-10-15T11:57:07-05:00December 20th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

On Responding to an Idea

What you respond to in an idea or a prompt—what Ursula K. Le Guin called a “thought experiment”— may be big or small, clearly structural or emotionally subtle. Anything, really.

2021-10-15T11:59:11-05:00June 30th, 2020|Blog|1 Comment
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