Monthly Archives: March 2014

10 Things That Every Brand New Creator of Science Fiction Should Know

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Being a science fiction creator is the most amazing adventure — you get to invent whole new worlds, brand new futures, and fantastic technologies, and you get to tell the most incredible stories about them. But it’s also a tough and heartbreaking career path, whether you’re in books, comics, movies or television. Here are 10 things that every brand new science fiction creator ought to know at the start.

M. W. Catlin‘s insight:

#1 "You’re still telling personal stories." That’s important no matter genre.

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True Detective won’t have a huge Shyamalan twist and here is why

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Shyamalan twists, unless you can really pull them off artfully, are a cheap gimmick. They are a bullshit magic trick that gets in the way of real storytelling. Certainly, being surprised by plot elements is great — it is preferable that the audience cannot see what is coming. But more important than clever plot mechanics is the way the story affects the characters — what the narrative does to them, how it changes them, what it teaches them, and what they gain or lose in the process.

M. W. Catlin‘s insight:

For my Plotters.

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