Using Loops in Flash Fiction

Scott SummersGuides & Lists, On Writing

Let’s talk for a few minutes about writing loops. You might have heard about similar techniques, like set-up / pay-off or Chekhov’s Gun, but loops are a little bit different.

Destiny is Overrated

Scott SummersOn Writing, Tips & Learns

I hate destiny. Not heroes. Not villains. Destiny. That unseen, guiding force of the universe that dictates the way of things. It’s annoying.

How Writing is Like the Ship of Theseus

Scott SummersOn Writing, Tips & Learns

Here’s a question for you: If you have a ship, and you replace everything about that ship (planks, nails, canvas, oars, etc.) is it still the same ship? Likewise, if you have an idea, and you replace everything about that idea . . . is it the same idea?

Hyperspace: The Fastest Magic of Them All

Scott SummersOn Writing, Tips & Learns

When you think about the word, space, what comes to mind? For me, it’s the inky blackness that our planet moves through every hour and second. (If that’s a little dramatic, bear with me.) Space is big. Really big. So big we had to invent a word for all that empty space. And somehow, in the middle of all that emptiness, science fiction capitalizes on stories about interstellar travel and galactic intrigue while everyone back on Earth stays more or less the same as when our heroes left. (Not possible, due to time dilation. Thanks, relativity!) Which leads all science … Read More

The Plot Don’t Matter None

Scott SummersOn Writing

As a writer, I’ve always been interested in what happened next. So interested, in fact, that I knew — absolutely knew — that plot was the thing that all stories were built around.

Fiction and the Temporal Advantage

Scott SummersOn Writing, Tips & Learns

Let’s face it: In the face of new media, writing is a hard sell. Your words are competing with flashing lights, cool explosions, awesome sound design, compelling narratives, and the fact that reading is a more demanding hobby that most other leisure activities. And now, the Internet is basically a black hole from which no time can escape.

So what does writing have going for it?

10 Tips for Starting Your First Novel

Scott SummersGuides & Lists, On Writing

Getting started in fiction is a tricky thing. Creating a believable plot, lovable characters, and a realistic world is more than the sum total of life experience and hearsay. If you’ve got an idea in your head that you just need to get out, it might seem as simple as pulling out a piece of paper, calling it Page One, and starting your first chapter.