MORE Cool Stuff from the Archives

“Why fact-checking is unnecessary when writing fantasy fiction.”

The title of this one is satirical/sarcastic, obviously.

What if a fact does affect the story in some major way, though? What if you decide your protagonist has to be in danger due to certain environmental conditions of the place where she’s been stranded, but the place you’ve left her doesn’t have those environmental conditions and can’t have them (coming soon: bloggish rant titled “Viking Knows Better”), and suddenly you have no plot? Better to come up with a viable alternative before you write the whole novel, don’t you think?

“(Bad) Advice for Fictional People: How to Be a Guy.”

Some writing advice on the internet says if you don’t write your male characters to think and behave a specific way, they won’t be believable as males, because there’s a specific way all male people think and behave in real life…

“If the name fits…”

This post is about the idea that every fictional character needs a name giving an unmistakable clue to their background or personality or appearance — preferably all of the above.

What does my name tell you about me?  […] You don’t know.  And you can’t know any of these things just because you know my name, yet many readers expect that every fictional person they encounter will have a name that “fits” everything about them. That’s just… silly.

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About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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One Response to MORE Cool Stuff from the Archives

  1. M. Oniker says:

    Ha! Great grouping and I see that one of them was one of the first posts of yours that I had read, since I commented upon it then. I think my favorite was how to write like a guy. I snickered throughout reading it.

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