In Medias Res

In medias res translates from Latin as “in the midst of things”. Today, the advice of many academics, authors, and writers is that you should begin your narrative by plunging your Main Character (MC) into a crucial situation that is part of a related chain of events. The situation may or may not be theContinue reading “In Medias Res”

Every Story Has Been Told Before

Every story has already been told. Really? How come, then, just in self-published novels there were well over one million in Amazon last year? If we include what’s been published in the traditional publishing route, we will be up in the two million-plus novels, easy. Keep in mind, that does not include the novels that,Continue reading “Every Story Has Been Told Before”

What happened to stand alone SciFi novels?

Why aren’t there any stand-alone SciFi novels anymore? Last year, the first week of December, I finished the book I was reading. It was an analysis of the U.S. Constitution. I wanted to find out… I’m just weird. Let’s leave it at that. I posted on my Twitter account asking for suggestions from the #WritingCommunity.Continue reading “What happened to stand alone SciFi novels?”

Am I writing for a 1960’s audience?

Am I writing for the 1960s/1970s audience? My Science fiction novels tend to be stand-alone military science fiction novels, mostly having to do with an invasion. I asked for recommendations of a book in that genre and sub-genre and found that there were none as a stand-alone novel. There are plenty of series, but noContinue reading “Am I writing for a 1960’s audience?”

Book Titles

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare. What are you up to, quoting the Bard of Avon, you ask? I’m glad you did. I have discussed book covers in another one of my posts. How they are veryContinue reading “Book Titles”

A soldier in time

“You should have killed him!” “I should never have told you I’m from the future.” “Yes, you should have. You should have told me before, when we could have changed the outcome of the war.” “You don’t understand, that’s not how it works.” “Are you trying to tell me you come from the future andContinue reading “A soldier in time”

Retire to the Stars

We reached the third day of our journey and, to be honest, things were not going well. Exhaustion overwhelms me. I didn’t sleep at all last night, going on over twenty hours awake. My steps were taking me to the eating area, my mind still turning the recent events over. Despite the early hour, notContinue reading “Retire to the Stars”

New Short Story coming this Friday

Remember when I posted I had finished a Science Fiction Short Story for the Autocrit Challenge “Destination Unknown” and then couldn’t submit because I could not finish it with the phrase they gave us? Well, this Friday, August 14th, I’m going to publish it here, on our web page. It’s called “Retire to the Stars”.Continue reading “New Short Story coming this Friday”

Readability, reaching a wider audience

Welcome back. What is readability? Good question. Technically, the word refers to the quality of being legible or decipherable. In plain English, it refers to the quality of being easy or enjoyable to read. As writers, we strive to make our work as attractive as possible. We pay attention to grammar, syntax, and all theContinue reading “Readability, reaching a wider audience”