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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Workshop Muse: Wikis for Worldbuilding

Kerry G: Writers, especially fantasy and science fiction writers, have a lot of things to keep track of. Traditionally, we keep track of them in notebooks. However, an increasing number of writers are turning to personal wikis to keep track of details about characters, places, and events.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hints and Tips: What is a query? How do I write one?

Superhero Nation: Novelists write a query to convince a literary agent or publisher that…
  • The book’s concept is exciting and well-designed.  If they don’t like the concept, they won’t read the sample chapters.
  • The book is marketable and could find an audience.
  • The book has some sort of advantage or angle that will allow it to compete with similar books.  Why will readers pick up this novel instead of a competing title?

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Cultivating Characters: Seven Common Character Types

Terry W. Ervin II: Fiction writers employ a variety of characters while weaving their tales. Beyond the standard definitions of protagonist (the main character in a literary work) and antagonist (the main character or force that opposes the protagonist in a literary work), recognizing the types of characters and the parts they play while reading an interesting story can add to the experience. In addition, a fuller understanding of the character types and their uses can increase a writer’s effectiveness in weaving his own fictional tales.
Below is a list of common character types, followed by an explanation and short example.

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