Odd Collection

“Start a collection of odd, interesting things (e.g., a slinky, model airplane, robot and so on) and put them in a curiosity box or bag…Then, you can pull out unique items randomly when confronted with a problem or opportunity… When brainstorming for new ideas, odd, unusual things often trigger new associations. It may sound silly,

Nurture Your Writing Habit

I attended FenCon 2019 and went to a couple of panels by science fiction and fantasy authors that I thought had useful information for writers. Panelists Shana Swenson, 20 books published Mel White, NF and fiction Paul Black, 7 books Jan S. Gephardt, author/illustrator Patrice Sarath, 5 novels Tex Thompson  Distractions are related to priorities. Make

Biological Tech in a Fantasy or SF World

Biotech Plants hear the sound of the honeybee and up the sugar content of their pollen quickly. Hadany’s team looked at evening primroses (Oenothera drummondii) and found that within minutes of sensing vibrations from pollinators’ wings, the plants temporarily increased the concentration of sugar in their flowers’ nectar. In effect, the flowers themselves served as

Notes on YA SFF

Years ago I attended some good panels on YA science fiction and fantasy writing. I thought I would share the links that I posted on another site. YA Books This includes a discussion of levels of sex and violence. It also discusses those in terms of American versus European publishers/audiences. YA Books 2 “We get

Editing Tips

Years ago I went to a conference and attended a session on poetry editing. I think that quite a few of these tips are relevant to the picture book market. One point that relates back to the four exercises I covered earlier, is “Are you being original in your phrases and images? Avoid using clichés!”