SWRT 057 | Historical Fiction with Emma Darwin

What drew Emma to historical fiction, and what is it’s allure? How important is your motivation for writing, and what you are trying to communicate to your reader? How does theme drive your story? Emma explains some ways she uses structural tools to make her writing better. And finally, we talk about the trap of authenticity in our writing.

SWRT 056 | First Encounter Fiction

Why do first encounter stories fascinate us? What sort of problems are typical in first encounter fiction? How does it make us deal with our own humanity? And how can you use first encounters outside of its typical alien invasion genre?

SWRT 055 | Hard & Soft World Systems

What is the difference between hard and soft magic systems? How does it apply to science fiction as well as fantasy? What are some pros and cons of the spectrum? How do you avoid deus ex machina with all powerful magic systems? How do you incorporate consequence into your systems? And where do we fall on the sliding scale?

SWRT 054 | Keeping a Community of Writers

What is the difference between working in a community and in isolation as a writer? How does it change your work and your mindset? Do we prefer traditional or digital communities? And what are the pros and cons of digital versus face to face? How does a writing community help you grow? And how can it hurt your efforts? As with everything, be careful to balance your life with your community and your writing so that you don’t suffer from overwhelm! And don’t forget, the Story Works community is available to you!

SWRT 053 | What Writers Really Do part 2

This week, Alida and Robert continue their conversation about the writing process, creativity, first drafts, where ideas come from, and how revision really works. The inspiration for our conversation is George Saunders’ essay “What Writers Really Do When...

SWRT 051 | What Writers Really Do…

This week, Alida and Robert discuss a craft essay by George Saunders, titled “What Writers Really Do When They Write.” It’s all about the writing process, and we get a lot of value out of this essay. We highly recommend it to anyone writing a story....

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