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to issue # 8. In this
issue we tackle the often difficult theme of Parents and
Children. Why are families either badly depicted or nonexistent
in a much of fiction writing these days? We hope that the theme articles
will help you sort out the thorny problems.
also have a wonderful interview from writer Vera Nazarian who offers
interesting insights and wonderful advice to new writers
as always, we have a plethora of genre related material, dealing with everything
from the current popular fantasy movies and their effect on the writing market,
to giving your science fiction world a the proper axial tilt.
hope you enjoy this issue. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
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find interesting in future issues.
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small presses in general are more likely to buy niche-defying work from a new
and relatively unknown writer, because they operate on a small scale and
usually don't have all that much invested in any given writer.
Thus, their risk tolerance is greater.
and Tell: How To Write Realistic Young Child Characters By S.L. Viehl:
way some authors write about very young children in their novels reminds me of
something Emerson said: “Children
are aliens, and we treat them as such.”
Men, Families and Fiction By Kay House and Justin Stanchfield: Family
background can add tremendous depth to your characters.
Minor children as active characters add poignancy to your theme.
Despite this, many writers make little reference to family, and children
often appear only as props. Why?
Perils of Cardboard By Ruth Pischke: One of the more common mistakes is
creating a cardboard family. The loner with no past, the orphaned thief,
the placid man who seeks to avenge his murdered family, the abandoned youth who
somehow ends up being the savior of the world, and so on.
Your Character's Parental Bond By Shane P. Carr: The
bond between a parent and child in a fiction story can be exploited in
interesting ways. As many know, the bond between a mother and child is nearly
unbreakable. Just try to take a newborn puppy away from its mother -- chances
are you’ll get a low guttural growl warning you away.
You Write About Your Family? By Robert A. Sloan: Every
writer comes from a different family situation -- including those they love and
fear to offend, family members who send them screaming in terror, or relatives
about whom they feel embarrassed.
Have Families? By Francine M. Seal: Science
fiction and fantasy heroes seldom have families, or if they do, they’re
severely dysfunctional. When writing stories, there are some very good reasons
for this, both social and psychological.
Have All the Families Gone? By Valerie Serdy: Family
relationships are among the hardest to maintain, yet they form some of the
strongest bonds. Many families have
unspoken rules and protocols to rival an international dinner,
Are Characters Too By Andi Ward: Children
are people. People in fiction are characters. Characters have
personalities, lives, hopes, goals, attitudes, and voices. Children certainly do
too, and theirs are often more pronounced than adults. Therefore, it seems that
children should be easy to write.
Is Thicker Than Water By Bryn Neuenschwander: ...Generally
naming the members of the family is easy. You have your main character
(MC), his father, his mother, and maybe an aunt or grandfather who is important
enough to merit a name. But now I'm thirty-one characters in and I haven't
even started to think about whether any of Saoran's siblings (she's my MC) and
cousins have had children yet.
Movies and the Star Wars Effect By Forward Motion Community Members: This
year we've seen two powerful fantasy movies released that drew exceptional
attention again. Will they have the same effects on the fantasy writing
market that Star Wars had on SF?
to Horror 2: Plot and Character in Horror Fiction By Teresa Hopper: Anyone
who writes or reads much horror knows that a stereotype exists amongst some
non-horror readers. Horror is seen
as a somewhat inferior form of fiction – trashy, with unrealistic characters
who do stupid things to sustain unfeasible plots. It isn’t seen as serious
of Starlight By Nic Bonson: For
me, writing poetry started a few years ago. Though I'd been writing in some form
or another (and indeed, a few poems), I actually produced the majority of my
work to date over a three-year period, from 1997 - 1999, the final years of high
Is It Romance? By Lazette Gifford: I was recently surprised
(even shocked) to find out how little I know about the romance field.
After considerable discussion on several mailing lists, checking through books,
and haunting web sites, I now comprehend Romance a little better.
Tilt and Other Things By Bob Billing: Axial tilt for a world is actually very easy to work
out. Your imaginary planet has an axial tilt, which is a number that you can
choose to suit the story. Think of the planet as going around the sun in a big,
Mysteries for Children's Magazines By Ron Brown: Like
many, I grew up reading the exploits of The Hardy Boys and Encyclopedia Brown.
I loved to gather clues with the young sleuths and strive to solve the
mystery before the last page. Children
today have the same desires, and magazines that target this audience are seeking
good mysteries for their pages.
to Young Writers Scene By Vicki McElfresh: Newcomers
to the Forward Motion Community who are under the age of 18 might not be aware
that there is board just for them. The
Young Writer's board features discussions, crit circles, and activities
especially geared towards younger writers.
on the High Bandwidth By John Savage, Esq.: In
the last year or so, several authors I know have suffered the ravages of
intellectual property pirates. This article should help writers understand their
rights and how to enforce them. We’ll start off with a few examples, then
issue some letters of marque and reprisal of our own.
Also: workshop, reviews, news
Forward Motion Community,
guidelines, and more!