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01-14-10 08:11 AM
Commissar Ploss
Issue #15 - 11 Rules for Writing Short Science Fiction (working title)



The Writer's Circle – Issue #15 [11 Rules for Writing Short Science Fiction]

Summary:
Hello again everyone! Its been too long since the last issue of the Writer's Circle. Mostly my fault, but what can I say... My bumper sticker on my car says it all. “I had a life, but my job ate it!” Anyways, I thought I'd make up for lost time with this post. I've pulled an article from the September 2009 Issue of The Writer magazine that I have found particularly helpful with my science fiction writing. Its called “11 Rules for writing short science fiction.” First I've posted all eleven rules as written in the article. Following the article, you can find my take on how we can tailor the eleven rules to writing 40k fan fiction. Please enjoy, and please comment on anything that you see fit.



Click the green link at the top of the post to be directed to the discussion.


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write on,

Commissar Ploss
10-16-09 09:04 AM
Commissar Ploss
Issue #14 - Through a Character's Eyes



The Writer's Circle – Issue #14 [Through a Character's Eyes]

Summary:
Welcome to Issue #14 of the Writer's Circle! Its been about a week or two since the last one, and its not that i've gotten lazy, its just that i've found a lot on my plate as of late... I'm going to be changing these discussions from 'weeks' to 'issues' so that is why this one says “The Writer's Circle – Issue #14 [Through a Character's Eyes].” Its getting harder to pull articles out of magazines lately as it seems i've run out of good ones to pull. I've basically run out of articles, so now i'll be pulling excerpts from books with an occasional article or two here and there, therefore I anticipate it will take me a bit longer. But with the new format, comes more ranting from me! Sorry, but this way it gives me more things to talk about. Instead of commenting about the article, the subjects will include the excerpts and then a musing from myself on the subject. On a separate note, as your newly appointed fiction moderator, I urge you ALL to send me feedback/ideas/improvements/comments/general rants concerning the fiction subforum here at Heresy, I'm looking for things to spice up the section a little, including contest ideas and other such things. Something to jumpstart us, and get the creative juices flowing. Just send the aforementioned ideas in a PM to me and i'll look them over. OK, so, this weeks topic is about developing your characters. Specifically the perspective of which your characters speak from, i.e., their point of view. I'm pulling an excerpt from a book called “Seize the Story” by Victoria Hanley. She's an interesting writer who has written such works as, “The Seer and the Sword,” “The Healer's Keep,” “The Light of the Oracle,” and other stories. This book, is a non-fiction 'handbook' on writing that brings up many good points about all kinds of topics pertaining to writing. So, lets begin...



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write on,

Commissar Ploss
09-15-09 05:08 PM
Commissar Ploss
Week #13 - Make your readers stick around



The Writer's Circle – Week #13 [Make your readers stick around]

Summary:
First I want to apologize for the lack of Writer's Circle posts these past two weeks. I've just gotten back from a surprise trip to Hawaii that my GF sprung on me(not that I mind, it was Hawaii after all! lol). But I know some of you have been wondering where is was, what with the sudden break from schedule and everything. Sorry to keep you all waiting, but I really NEEDED that vacation. Even being in Hawaii I couldn't escape my work. I got calls almost daily about my game writing and upcoming meetings with designers and such, and barely had a chance to relax, but whatever, the weather was nice and the women even nicer (I hope my GF doesn't read these >_>) lol Even after all of that, I'm back where I started; sitting at my desk, listening to my old Styx albums and making up for lost time. Seems I'm always making up for lost time. Anyways, lets get started.

Hello everyone! Welcome to an new, albeit late, week of the Writer's Circle. Week #13 brings you an article by John Edward Ames called “Make your readers stick around.” It talks about what to do after you've written that wonderfully engaging beginning and want to follow it up with something equally interesting. How do you keep your readers engaged? Lets read on and find out! We've got an extra big article this week to help keep your minds stimulated! WooT! Stimulation!


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write on,

Commissar Ploss
08-26-09 11:36 PM
Commissar Ploss
Week #12 - Learn to Lie



The Writer's Circle – Week #12 [Learn to lie]

Summary:
Hello everyone, and welcome to Week #12 of the Writer's Circle! This week we have an article by Mark Winegardner called “Learn to lie, An exercise in concrete detail puts you to work untangling a 'mangled' story opening.” It talks about an authors ability to convince the reader that what is on the page is how things are. How using significant detail can help your readers engage more and participate in the story. Lets get started shall we!

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write on,

Commissar Ploss
08-26-09 11:34 PM
Commissar Ploss
Week #11 - Your Writer's Tool-kit



The Writer's Circle – Week #11 (Your Writer's Tool-kit)

Summary:
Hello everyone and welcome to Week #11 of The Writer's Circle. Now that you have the software you need to get started writing that magnum opus of yours, your going to need something to write it with. Lets say you're on vacation to the Swiss Alps and all of a sudden, inspiration strikes! But alas the software you just downloaded from Week #9 is only on your home desktop computer...sad... You could have avoided this. I know what you're thinking, “If I would have brought my laptop along, this wouldn't have happened.” But what if you didn't want to lug your big, gaming laptop all the way to the top of Everest. I don't blame you. What if there was a smaller, more portable kind of device that did all of the same things as your bulky super hi-tech gaming rig at home? That is what we are going to talk about today. Lets talk about Netbooks. I'm sure you've heard of them by now. They are those nifty little ultra-portable mini-laptops that people have been raving about. You've seen them in commercials, hell, even phone companies are giving them away with internet bundles now. Have you ever thought of using one as your portable writing desk? An article I found this week in the April 2009 issue of the Writer magazine points out the bonuses of having a Netbook. Written by Dan Sarluca, it will be topic of discussion for this week.


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write on,

Commissar Ploss
08-11-09 04:26 PM
Commissar Ploss
Week #10 - Tips on Openings



The Writer's Circle – Week #10 [Tips on Openings]

Summary:
Welcome everyone to week #10 of the Writer's Circle. Today I have a very short “article” for you all called, “Quick and dirty tricks for writing an opening that captivates.” Written by Jessica Page Morrell, it is an excerpt from her book, “Thanks, but This Isn't for Us: A (Sort Of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected.” Lets get started shall we!

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write on,

Commissar Ploss
08-04-09 06:23 PM
Commissar Ploss
Week #9 - Software On The Cheap



The Writer's Circle – Week #9 [Software On The Cheap]

Summary:
Hello everyone! And thanks for stopping by for Week #9 of the Writer's Circle “Software On The Cheap.” If you've ever been interested in writing software to help you write your stories, this is the article you should read. What would you expect to pay for writing software that comes with an exorbitant amount of features, an easy user interface, and are available for use on many different OS's. I'm gonna guess you'd pay quite a bit, if you bought from the box. But what if I told you that you can get all of the software you would ever need, cheaper than you would pay at a major chain store, on the Interwebs for a really good price? What if they were free?

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write on,

Commissar Ploss
07-28-09 05:23 PM
Commissar Ploss
Week #8 - Pushing Genres



The Writer's Circle – Week #8 [Pushing Genres]

Summary:
Hi everyone and welcome to Week #8 of the Writer's Circle. This week I found an article from the 'Take Note' section of the March 2009 issue of “The Writer” magazine. The headline is “Authors push genre boundaries” and it covers how some authors move from the genres they are established in to write other types of novels. However, their successes are not always as great as the original genre they started with. Written by Chuck Leddy, this article may be something for those of you who are thinking of applying your skills to a different genre.

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write on,

Commissar Ploss
07-21-09 06:47 PM
Commissar Ploss
Week #7 - Know Your Characters



The Writer's Circle – Week #7 [Know Your Characters]

Summary:
Hello everyone and welcome to Week #7 of the Writer's Circle! This week features an article by Lisa Shearin called: “Dueling With Words, Really get to know your characters.” It deals with character development. To what depth should you develop your characters? Does a more developed character make the story easier to write? She gives her opinions on both in this article. My discussion questions will follow the the article and deal with the same topic! Please enjoy! Oh, and one more thing. I will be moving the Writer's Circle post dates from Monday to Tuesday to better accommodate my schedule. My weekends are being spent more and more on other projects and it has frequently delayed the Monday postings of the Writer's Circle. Hopefully moving the Writer's Circle posts to Tuesday will help me keep a more regular deadline schedule. So from now on I will be posting The Writer's Circle dicussions on Tuesday at 10:00am US Central Standard Time (my time). You will probably need to do the math to figure the difference if you are not in this time zone...sorry. I hope you continue to enjoy reading and participating in the Writer's Circle discussions just as much as I enjoy writing them! Thanks again!

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write on,

Commissar Ploss
07-15-09 02:10 AM
Commissar Ploss
Week #6 - Grammar, oh Grammar



Week #6 - Grammar, oh Grammar

Summary:
Hi everyone! Welcome to Week #6 of the Writer's Circle. This week we will be discussing the topic of 'grammar'. Yes, interesting, I know...but still necessary. This weeks article is by John McIntyre. He is the assistant managing editor for the copy desk of The Baltimore Sun and a past president of the American Copy Editors Society. This article was featured in the “Off the Cuff” section of the September 2008 issue of “The Writer” magazine. It features quotes by established authors/linguists/dictionary writers on the topic of grammar in the English language. There is also an included list of books that the author put together to help those interested in reading up on correct English usage and grammar techniques. Please enjoy! My discussion questions will be at the bottom of the post, after the article. Cheers!

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write on,

Commissar Ploss
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