Tag Archives: speculative fiction

World building in The Hunger Games

On Wednesday I wrote about the Hunger Games and mostly what I didn’t like about the trilogy (despite liking the trilogy, and loving the first book especially). I focussed there mostly on Katniss and my problems with her. Today I’m … Continue reading

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Young Adult Fiction: An overview

For my children’s writing class this year, we researched the various subgroups of children’s lit, from board book and picture books to early readers, juvenile novels, and young adult fiction. Given my preferences and work, I wrote up a summary … Continue reading

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Writing Exercise: The Postcard Story

One of the classes I’m taking this fall is a fiction writing class with Steven Galloway. Normally these classes are workshops wherein the people in the class write things and then we read them and then we talk about them. … Continue reading

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Writing for a Market

I’m sure most writers, at one point or another, have to debate with themselves about this: should I try to write stories for which there is a good market, so I can get published? Or should I just write whatever … Continue reading

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Meaning in Magic

The UK’s Guardian ran an article recently on contemporary fantasy fiction. “Just because fantasy is everywhere doesn’t mean it has to appeal to the lowest common denominator. We must keep sight of its roots in ancient storytelling and its power … Continue reading

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