Ciao, amici! The days are passing with dizzying speed. Makes me think of warp drives and worm holes (since I’m in sci-fi mode these days) but my series is decidedly grounded on our planet. Doesn’t mean I won’t take to the stars later, but as for now, no space operas. Just alien invasions.
There’s a reason sci-fi and fantasy get lumped together so often. They both require suspension of belief and extensive world-building. My love for this type of writing started back before I could even read. It started with fairytales. Today’s quote is another by Neil Gaiman (the guy seriously says a lot of profound stuff).
Fairy tales are more than true:
not because they tell us that dragons exist,
but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
I’m having so much fun slaying my dragons. And I don’t just mean literary monsters. I think writers battle metaphorical dragons every day: word count, plot holes, marketing efforts, bad reviews, public doubt. With each word I write, I’m nocking an arrow or drawing my sword. By the time I’m retired, I expect to have slain all my dragons. I’ll look back and have no regrets.
(I kind of want to sing “I Did it My Way” right now.)
So, tell me, what dragons did you slay this week? Let’s talk about it below.
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And now, this week’s writing links:
Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:
- Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for Character Development | Harmony Kent
- Problem WIP: Phoenix or Pyre? | Mae Clair
- Hero’s Journey/Monomyth | C.S. Boyack
Posts by others in the industry:
- What is Mythopoeia? | Phantammeron
- Character Arc in 6 Stages | Live Write Thrive
- Does Your Writing Make the Grade? | Fiction University
- 5 Ways to Give Characters Emotional Depth | K.M. Allan
- Flexclip: Make a Video in Seconds | Nicholas C. Rossis
- A How-To Guide to Gutenberg | Natalie Ducey
- Action Beats | Louise Harnby
- 21 Tips for Working Remotely | Word Dreams
- Facebook and Instagram Changes | Ari Meghlen
- Ticking Clocks to Reveal Character and Plot | Fiction University
- Argentina Font and Swashes Tutorial | Natalie Ducey
- How to End a Story | Re:Fiction
- World-Building | Re:Fiction
- Introspection and Dialogue | Connie J. Jasperson
- Converting Files for Publication | The Book Designer
- Creating a Realistic Fictional Royal Court | Ryan Lanz
- Combining Action and Thought in Your Story | Fiction University
- Crime Fiction Research Links | Kill Zone
- Choosing the Right Setting Details | Writers Helping Writers
- Writing for Emotional Impact | The Write Practice
- Say More with Less | Live Write Thrive
- 5 Reasons to Write Short | Kill Zone
To make you smile:
- Caturday Funnies | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Saturday Funny: Snoopy | Random Short Stories
- Sunday Chuckle: Snoopy | Random Short Stories
- Monday Funnies | The Storyreading Ape
- The Morris Dance | The Diesel-Electric Elephant Company
- Twiggy Playing | John W. Howell
And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.
Have a great week! Arrivederci!