|As You and I Both Know
||What is "infodump" in fiction and how to avoid it.
|Creating Worlds to
||Creating shared universes that people want to write in.
An examination of why some shared universes are successful, and why
|Keeping the Editor
||Three common errors I see in fiction submitted to TSAT:
Repetitive Sentence Structure, Narrator Changes, Unnatural Sounding
from the Masters
||Some recommended Science Fiction TF novels to read and
take notes from.
Research: It's not Just for School Anymore
||Getting your facts straight!
Writing Technological SF
||An introduction to writing technological or "hard" SF
explaining that it's not really as tough as it sounds.
||Recommended SF reading to see what's been done in the
genre and how things work.
Technological Transformation Methodology
||Some technological methods of inducing transformations.
||If you want to toss in a neat technology or ability into
a story, think about what else could be done with it before actually
|Uses Your Senses
||Don't just describe things visually in your writing.
|Writing in Groups
||Success and failure about writing groups formed to write
|Writing in the
||Important things you should be aware of before writing a
story set in :"Tales From The Blind Pig"
||Different methods of writing work for different folks.
Outlines, sequential/non-sequential writing, etc.
|Fish Writing Notes
||Some basics about where characters come from, how and
when to describe them, and what kind of characters you really need.
||Punctuating dialog properly and making it sound real,
but not too real.
||Everything you needed to know about grammar and
punctuation and then some.
||Choosing the right words for your story.
||A good online dictionary. Always handy to verify
things if a printed version isn't on hand.
||The premier online writing workshop. Basically one
submits a story and it enters the cue. You then need to send two
critiques in on other stories every week. Lots and lots of
critiques result once your story gets processed.
||A slowly growing site of various essays and links about
writing techniques and resources.
||An online resource that converts entered text into
accented text. It has a limited selection of accents, but the
results can be interesting if you want to play around with writing
Shunn: Manuscript Format
||Everything you need to know about formatting a
manuscript for submission.
Inkspot Writing Resource
||A general resource of writing documents.
|Jamie Hall - Author.
Personal Web Page
||If you scroll down there are some articles on
self-publishing and other things of interest to perspective writers.
||An alternate online dictionary.
|Writing Research Sites
||A massive archive of human names. Always handy if
you just don't know what to name that important character!
||Everything you could ever want to know about current and
near future space fleet. Indispensable for any kind of SF writing.
The Grand List
of Overused Science Fiction Cliches
||Before you write it check here and make sure it hasn't
been done to death.
||The premier open online encyclopedia. Be aware
that it can be updated by anybody. The staff is really good about
it, but still...
|Online Submission Guidelines and Markets
||The oldest of the big SF magazines. Hard SF or
Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine
||Takes softer SF and the odd bit of fantasy.
||A Canadian magazine -- doesn't pay as much but takes SF,
Fantasy, and Horror
||An online list of writing markets.
Characters and Viewpoints
||By Orson Scott Card (Published 1998 by Writers Digest
Books). The most browsed book in my writing library with all kinds
of interesting bits on character and character development, and just
about everything else.
Revising Fiction: A Handbook for Writers
||By David Madden (Published 1988 by New American
Library). Although designed for novel writers, this book lists 185
things to check whilst revising with examples and discussion. Most
are just as applicable to shorter works as to novels.
Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
||By the Editors of Analog and Isaac Asimov's Science
Fiction Magazine (Published 1991 Davis Publications Inc.). A
collection of essays by various SF&F authors about various facets of