Pandemic and fiction: Handling a plot in a post-2020 world

The calendar is one of those pesky little details that matters in fiction. If a writer says Christmas Day is on a Friday, then New Year’s Eve better fall on a Thursday. Or if a full moon occurs in one scene, it better not be a clear moonless night the next week. Otherwise, a readerContinue reading “Pandemic and fiction: Handling a plot in a post-2020 world”

The (literal) nature of research

Writing fiction requires authors to ferret out a lot of facts. On the surface, it seems like a paradox. Massive swaths of the story are pure fabrication straight from the author’s imagination. Why would a writer – particularly a fantasy writer like me – need to delve into research? Ah, because the devil – asContinue reading “The (literal) nature of research”