Category: Fantasy Writing

How to Write Well-Rounded Female Characters in Speculative Fiction

I was recently on a few Comic Con panels about women in speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, and other genres). One of my favorites was titled, “Women Warriors and Female Shamans—How to Avoid Stereotypes in Writing”. I loved hearing from my fellow-panelists as well as audience members. It was super cool! This week, I’m publishing a series of blog posts about how to write whole … Read More How to Write Well-Rounded Female Characters in Speculative Fiction

Why I’m Pretty Much Anti-Princess These Days

I have been as entertained by princess and prince stories as anyone, but I am fundamentally at odds with these stories and wonder what the world might be like without so many of them. What-if-ing is always a tricky game to play, because who’s to say what subtle benefits I’ve reaped from being raised in a princess culture? But trying to think of what some of … Read More Why I’m Pretty Much Anti-Princess These Days

Steampunk. No, Science Fiction. No, Fantasy! How to Tell the Difference.

Try to define steampunk, science fiction, fantasy, and other genres of fiction, and you’ll likely find yourself growling, “Arrrrgh.” They can be tough to differentiate. Here’s my definition: Science Fiction – Works featuring worlds beyond our own as explained by technology and science. Fantasy – Works featuring worlds beyond our own as explained by supernatural powers or conditions such as magic. Steampunk – Works … Read More Steampunk. No, Science Fiction. No, Fantasy! How to Tell the Difference.