Love Science Fiction?
I’ve got some great books for you that you might’ve missed in 2017.
Note: I have not read all of these. This is part “Amazing sci-fi novels I read in 2017” and part “2018 reading list.”
Here’s 9 fascinating science fiction books that came out in 2017:
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Was The Last Jedi a bad movie?
Critics think it’s great…
…but for audiences, this is the worst-rated Star Wars Movies ever. Yep, even worse than The Phantom Menace.
I’m still on the fence.
However, there is one glaring problem in Star Wars Ep. 8:
There are too many characters.
Let me show you how they could have fixed this problem, and how you can fix this problem in your own writing:
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Because of its long and bloody history, and its mass appeal, it’s not easy to break new ground in the Horror genre.
New horror writers must be aware of the numerous tropes, themes, and key storytelling elements that have haunted horror authors for centuries.
People want to read fresh new stories, not the same old tropes that have been beaten to death.
This is intended to be a resource guide for Horror Writers. With this you will know how to write terrifying stories that claw into the hearts (and brains) of your readers:
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When J.K. Rowling introduces new Characters…
…you can visualize them almost instantly.
- Lightning bolt scar.
- Hand-me down robes.
- A mane of bushy, brown hair.
J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, excells at writing unforgettable physical descriptions of her characters. I want to show you the magic behind her technique.
Read this, and you will be able to create your own vivid characters in just a few short strokes of your writing quill…
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He was weak…
…because he had no history.
It took me seventeen rewrites (and one editor) before this dawned on me.
The reason my readers could not get immersed in my story – was because my main character had a weak backstory.
I could tell you everything about him…
- The shape of his face
- His most powerful values
- How much money he had in his pocket
But without a backstory, this character was dragging down the entire story. Let me show you how to fix this problem:
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Good dialogue will punch you in the chest.
It will swing like a fist out of the dark, and when it hits it will make your heart stop.
But when writing dialogue, most writers miss. Even professionals make some major mistakes (I’ll show you a few examples in a minute).
There are five things you need to stop doing when you write dialogue…
Fix these, and you will write dialogue that will smack your readers right in the emotions:
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I missed out.
I never read Hemingway when I was young. I’m glad I fixed that, because I was missing out.
In Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants, you quickly become acquainted with his powerful use of subtext and rapid characterization.
In For Whom the Bell Tolls, you can watch the writer peel away the layers of his characters, and his world.
I picked up 7 powerful lessons on writing more immersive dialogue from Hemingway’s 20th Century masterpieces.
Let me show you what I’m talking about:
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