Today, I’ve got a couple useful websites for you. The first…
The Fantasy Novelist’s Exam. How cliched is your novel? Is it derivative crap or fresh and interesting? While answering the questions in this exam won’t necessarily give you an accurate answer to those questions, it can still be loads of fun. And if you want to write a cliche-ridden derivative piece of crap, this would be a great checklist to make sure you got ‘em all. Or at least a lot of ‘em.
TV Tropes Wiki. Not for speculative fiction only, and not for television series only. It just started with television before expanding into other forms of fiction. For the uninitiated, tropes are story elements that help convey a purpose. Clear as mud? Go there and get started reading. It’s not just educational but also highly entertaining.
An interview with three speculative fiction editors and what they do – and don’t – want to see in their slush piles. Like no Isabelles nicknames Izzy. No exploding spacecraft in opening paragraphs. No unheard of virus that alters humanity completely except for one (un)lucky bastid who’s immune. Poor guy.
- On Freelance Writers and Magazine Editors
- Speculative Fiction database
- Speculative Fiction
- Speculative Fiction Comics
- Telling lies for fun and profit
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