Interesting discussions about world-building, from a diverse collection of writers – Alastair Reynolds, Nnedi Okorafor, M. John Harrison, etc.
In fiction, we remember the deaths that make us sad — ScienceDaily
Meaningful deaths (death of someone that redeemed themselves or sacrificed themselves for someone else).
Happy deaths (The hero finally kills the evil villain).
Varies by genre, but across all genres, people tend to remember meaningful deaths more than others.
The 16 facial expressions most common to emotional situations worldwide — ScienceDaily
And how many of us are working from home when we’re writing, composing, painting?
Good tips there.
For us science fiction and fantasy writers.
Tell the story that needs to be told, in the way it needs to be told, to the length it needs to be told.
Don’t poison a story by insisting it must be an apple when it’s really an orange.
Don’t stunt a story by forcing it beyond its natural growth nor by forcing it to grow in a box too small.
“Genres” and “standard story lenghs” are publisher’s artefacts, not part of storytelling.
Breakthroughs don’t come through abiding by conventions and working in boxes.
Useful information about scams and shady operators targetting writers:
Don’t let your hope to be published trick you into falling for a scam. Do your due diligence and check things out before you jump!
It’s all about managing your emotions.
Courtesy of FastCo.Exist.
They sound like good ideas to me!