characterization / fantasy / science fiction / speculative fiction / superheroes

Tips for Writing Super-Hero Stories

  Superhero story warm-up stretches: ( and find more from this source !) Q: What is a superhero’s favourite part of the joke? A: The “punch” line! Q: Where’s Spiderman’s home page? A: On the world wide web. Q: What’s the difference between Batman and a robber? A: Batman can go into a store without robin!! hahahahahahahahahaaaaa….. … Continue reading

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Links to Some Great Posts on World Building

If you’ve been following this series on world building and other aspects of creating speculative fiction–and you feel like you’d like to give it a try, but you’re not quite sure you can create your own unique world, today’s post will provide you with some great samples and information that will inspire you and get … Continue reading

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Characterization in World Building

Developing great characters is one of the most important challenges for a writer of speculative fiction. Whether your characters are superheroes or space pilots or mages, you definitely want to develop interesting, complex characters, just as you would in any other kind of great fiction. Today’s post provides tips on how to do exactly that! Who … Continue reading

fantasy / science fiction / speculative fiction / Uncategorized / world building

More Aspects of World Building – Part 2

When writing fantasy, science fiction, or other speculative fiction, there are a number of important aspects to consider. Today we are going to look at some more: Realistic hang-outs, a name for your world, food, alternate realities, time/era, transportation, morality, and architecture–as well as some overall considerations for writing in these genres. This post is … Continue reading

fantasy / science fiction / speculative fiction / Uncategorized / world building

More Aspects of World Building Part 1

When writing fantasy, science fiction, or other speculative fiction, there are a number of important aspects to consider. Today we are going to look at conflict, government and politics, history, technology, magic and super powers, religion and values, basic infrastructures, economic systems, and cultural groups and issues. This post is part of a series on … Continue reading

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The Hero’s Journey

In our previous post, Mapping and World Creation, we introduced some of the basics of writing speculative fiction genres, and especially looked at the “rules” for science fiction and fantasy. Today, we’ll take an introductory look at “The Hero’s Journey,” a major story-telling cycle described by Joseph Campbell. As you read about the stages in the … Continue reading

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Mapping and World Creation

Think about your favourite science fiction or fantasy story–and the amazing “world” that the author has created for it. How do writers come up with these fantastical ideas? We’ll be exploring this topic together over the next few posts. Speculative fiction includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, superhero, dystopian, utopian, and other similar genres. These genres can be … Continue reading