Clarity Over Cleverness, the Key to Fun Stories

I’d like to share an excellent post by Brian Niemeier, which itself is sharing and replying to another great article by Daddy Warpig over on the Castalia House blog. The gist of the longer article is encapsulated in Brian’s post. Clarity over cleverness. As Brian points out, the science fiction genre has fallen from beingContinue reading “Clarity Over Cleverness, the Key to Fun Stories”

Pulp Speed

For those who missed it, yesterday there was a great episode of Brian Niemeier’s Geek Gab: On the Books. In this week’s episode, he spoke with author Lucas Flint, on the topic of pulp speed. What is pulp speed, you might ask? Put simply, according to prolific writer Dean Wesley Smith, it is more ofContinue reading “Pulp Speed”

Let’s Talk About Consistency, and Keeping Promises to Readers

I know we all hate the Guardian, but even the most terrible sources can put out something worthwhile, on occasion. In this case, it was a nicely balanced article about George R. R. Martin’s infamous lack of productivity. It looks at both sides of the issue, from the one that states, “George R. R. MartinContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Consistency, and Keeping Promises to Readers”

On Vision

“You will pay the price for your lack of vision!” –Emperor Palpatine, 2013 The importance of vision ┬áis something that I feel is often understated. I would make a comparison between a creator’s vision to a politicians ideology: Without it, there’s really something missing. Everyone needs a goal to work toward, and that goal shouldContinue reading “On Vision”