The Beauty In Science Fiction

The Beauty In SciFi

First things first. If you haven’t read the first entry in this series, please feel free to go and read The Beauty In Fantasy. It will introduce you to the basic format of this series.

Second, welcome to the second entry in the series. Today we’re going to be talking about Science Fiction and beauty it holds. And I have to admit, Science Fiction, Sci-Fi, SF or whatever name someone chooses to use for the genre is second only to Horror for me. Not only do I get the chance to build my own world and write about any subject that interests me, I get to fool around will Aliens and their biology.

Sign me up!

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Environment & Story

Environment & Story

Environment is the unsung hero of any story. Whether it is Romance, Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy etc. Whether the setting is our world or somewhere else. Without it, the story would simply take space in a white void and be completely uninteresting.

Is it my favorite part of writing? Well, no. Not unless it is part of worldbuilding. However, I do find it fun when it is.

What Is Environment?

For the purposes of this post, environment has both a broad and a concise meaning—paradoxical though that is. Environment is ecology: weather patterns, flora and fauna, whether a setting is desert-like, arctic-like, forest-like etc. in nature.

But it also means unnatural settings such as cities and, in a broader sense, a culture. This is because environment affects people in both an external and internal way. Feeding into a continuous loop that cannot ever be truly separated.

Environment is like an Ouroboros, forever eating its own tail.  

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The Beauty In Fantasy

The Beauty In Fantasy

There’s beauty in any genre a writer can choose to write. But I find Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Horror to be the most beautiful of all. Vibrant and alive with a sea of possibilities for both writers and readers, and overlapping with almost any other genre out there. That’s why I’ve decided to write a series of posts about them detailing what each share that makes them so great, and what is unique to them.

First up in this three part series is Fantasy.

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Show, Don’t Tell

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Show don’t tell is both the best and worst advice a writer can get. It signals something is wrong with a piece of writing. But it can also be severely overused in writing groups, workshops, and in online forums when trying to describe what is wrong with a piece. In short, it can all too easily be turned into a sound bite instead of something meaningful that communicates what the reader is struggling with.

And this would be perfectly fine if many didn’t have trouble defining what show, don’t tell means; the manner in which showing and telling are different from one another, and why it is an important thing to be able to master. That is what we’re going to cover in this post. Please don’t mind the Ogre in the corner, the Gray sipping a cup of black tea, or the blood on the carpet.

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Genre 101|Fantasy

Genre 101-Fantasy

Writing Fantasy is like exploring a new world with each new story. Every stroke of the pen or keystroke bringing them to life.

What Is Fantasy?

Horror seeks to scare. Science Fiction deals with the fantastical through the lens of science. Even when it handwaves most of the science away. Fantasy is the genre of the that doesn’t try to explain things away via a horrific supernatural entity or science.

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The Appeal of Speculative Fiction

The Appeal of Speculative Fiction

People underestimate Speculative Fiction, but I think it is the best kind of fiction. It crosses the boundaries between commercial and Literary. It gives readers so many genres and sub-genres to read it leaves their heads spinning. And for writers of Speculative Fiction, there’s a whole universe of possibilities.

What is Speculative Fiction?

Speculative Fiction is an umbrella term for the fiction of “what if?” What if I aliens invaded? What if someone was being stalked by a centuries old serial killer? What if magical being were real and lived in our world? As such, it encompasses the more well-known genres of Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. And lesser known genres like Alternate History, Surrealism, Absurdism, and Magical Realism.

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