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Breaking Bad inspires George R.R.Martin to make an even worse villain

Breaking Bad

Space oddity: a glossary of science fiction. Or sci-fi. Or whatever it's called

SF? Sci-fi? Spec-fic? It's all just fantasy to me.<p>If there's one thing science fiction fans love, it's an argument. And if there's one argument they love more than all others, it's the attempt to define what science fiction actually is, and what is or isn't included in that definition.<p>David Barnett …

How Famous Writers — From J.K. Rowling to William Faulkner — Visually Outlined Their Novels

<i>Click for a larger version</i><p>Every great novel—or at least every finished novel—needs a plan. I remember well a James Joyce course I took in college, …

10 Ways to Make Everyone Root for Your Amoral Protagonist

One step beyond the anti-hero, there's the amoral or morally challenged main character. Sometimes, a protagonist is so dark, you can't even use the …

Amazon Makes Life Easier For Authors of Historical & Literary Fiction

There are lots of reasons why self-publishing success stories tend to concentrate around writers of “genre” fiction, but it’s a mistake to assume …

Infographic shows you how award-winning science fiction is born

Science Fiction

The Power of Hollywood Over Book Sales - Unbound Worlds

Hollywood is a money-making machine.<p>It infiltrates every aspect of our information tools. The internet. Television. Radio waves like Sirius XM and …

The Top 101 Science Fiction Adventures

<i>Book editor and critic Joshua Glenn has worked to bring classic early science fiction back into print with his Radium Age Science Fiction Series. Now</i> …

Tour Middle Earth With an Interactive Google Chrome Experiment

In the latest experiment from Google Chrome, the world of the <i>The Hobbit</i> is ripe for exploration.<p>Fans have read about Middle Earth in J.R.R. Tolkien's …

Book Marketing To Readers: The Fussy Librarian

Shares 95<p>OLD POST ALERT! This is an older post and although you might find some useful tips, any technical or publishing information is likely to be …

Fantastic Cartography Tips From the Guy Who Mapped Game of Thrones

In the Northlands of Midgard, the Lung of the Sea blows thick clouds across the Bleak Expanse. In cold years, they reach all the way through the …

How I Submit Stories

I was asked on Twitter a few days back if I had ever written a post on how I sell my stories. It was a question I had not been asked before, and …

Famous Authors’ Handwritten Outlines for Great Works of Literature

Writing a novel (or a story, for that matter) is confusing work. There are just so many characters running all over the place, dropping hints and …

J.R.R. Tolkien on Fairy Tales, Language, the Psychology of Fantasy, and Why There’s No Such Thing as Writing “For Children”

<i>“I do not believe that I have ever written a children’s book,”</i> the great Maurice Sendak once said in an interview. <i>“I don’t write for children,”</i> he told Colbert. <i>“I write — and somebody says, ‘That’s for children!’”</i> This sentiment — the idea that designating certain types of literature as …

Publish And Perish? What To Do With That Book Inside Of You

When people tell me they have a book inside of them — which actually happens quite a lot, probably because I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a clutch of novels (traditionally) published — I always want to ask: “Have you considered surgery?” As George Orwell famously said: “Writing a book is a …

17 Famous Literary Characters Almost Named Something Else

“Bladorthin the Grey” just doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Gandalf the Grey,” does it? Good thing J.R.R. Tolkien decided to do some name …

Oops! Looks like this page no longer exists. Don't worry, we got you covered... - Amanda Abella | Make Money Your Honey

While this page may no longer exist, there are still tons of goodies on the Make Money Your Honey Blog.<p><b>Interested in blogs about personal finance?</b> …

Using History as Inspiration for Fantasy

When others learn I am a writer, one of the most common questions I am asked is “where do you get your ideas from?” Now the obvious answer is …

Ancient History

How To Negotiate a Writing Life in 10 Easy Steps

by Susan Squires<p>Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/epc/301006644/<p>Whether you’re just starting out or under contract, being productive isn’t …

How To Write A One-Page Synopsis

If you are looking for a literary agent or a publisher, it’s important to write your story’s synopsis as well as you can. I’ve never met a writer who …

Start the New Year Right with These 6 Ambitious Goals for Writers

The New Year is upon us! And while lots of writers say they want to improve their craft or build their online platform in 2014, vague goals aren’t …

The Comic Book Universe, Distilled in Infographics

Ever since the invention of ISOTYPE in the 1930s, infographics have emerged as the new language of the information age, employing visual minimalism to distill everything from British and American politics to the jazz scene of the Roaring Twenties to major movements in philosophy to pop culture and …

What to Write About When You Don't Know What to Write — Sarah K Peck

What do you do when you don’t know what to write about?<p>When you’re stuck or worried or wondering what to say next, write anyways.<p>Write about things …

The joy of literary destruction: Writers who broke all the rules

<b>Truman Capote, David Foster Wallace, Vladimir Nabokov (AP/David Pickoff/flickr/Steve Rhodes)</b><p>The pantheon of literature is full of authors who gleefully tore down everything that came before them<p>Wendy Lesser<p>January 19, 2014 3:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books”<p>There …

How to Build a Fictional World: Animated Video Explains What Makes Lord of the Rings & Other Fantasy Books Come Alive

Today, I was eavesdropping on a young couple in a cafe. The man asked the woman to recommend a book, something he wouldn't be able to put down on a …

50 Essential Mystery Novels That Everyone Should Read

<i>Editor’s note: This post was originally published in January 2014. We’ve selected it as one of the posts we’re republishing for our 10th anniversary</i> …

10 Gothic Short Stories You Can Read Online Right Now

Today marks the birthday of literature’s dark romantic and master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. The mad, mustachioed author initiated the modern …

Write Better: The 7 Qualities of High-Concept Stories

Stumped by submission guidelines calling for “high-concept” romance, suspense, young adult or other popular fiction? These 7 qualifiers will help you …