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beta readers / critiquing / editing / self-editing

Tips on Giving and Receiving Critiques

Some overall tips about critiquing: Penny Smith, author of Wanted: Ogopogo Lake Monster, Dead or Alive and a co-founder of the Penticton Writers and Publishers [PWAP} group (now the Okanagan-South Writers’ League [OWL]), once presented a very useful talk on critiquing to the PWAP group. She gave us these useful overall tips: Remember that always we are … Continue reading

editing / editing checklists / self-editing / youth writers

Self-editing Checklist for Young Writers

Most self-editing checklists for young writers–and older ones, too–seem to focus on details of grammar and punctuation. But having edited a number of anthologies of writing by young writers (ages 8 to 18), I have collected a list of other common issues that youth writers–and adults, too–should watch out for in their writing. Hope you … Continue reading

author's / languages / translation

Language and Voice in Writing and Editing

Inter-language work is always a stretch, it seems to me! In the past while, I’ve edited a manuscript by a Spanish first-language speaker who is developing English speaking and writing skills, and I’ve been editing a manuscript by another writer for whom English is a third language, with initial African and French languages. I’ve also … Continue reading

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

fantasy / mapping worlds / science fiction / speculative fiction / world building

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

characterization / fantasy / science fiction / speculative fiction

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