Saturday, 27 August 2016

The Time Machine by H G Wells

The Time Machine is a science fiction novel by H G Wells, published in 1895. The term ‘time machine’, coined by Wells, is now almost universally used to refer to a vehicle that allows someone to travel forwards or backwards in time.

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Wells had considered the notion of time travel before, in a short story titled ‘The Chronic Argonauts’ (1888). This work, published in his college newspaper, was the foundation for The Time Machine.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Writing Layers–Structure

As I learned and grew as a writer, I went back over and over my novel to add more layers to it. In this series I’m writing about each of my ‘layers’ in the hope it will help someone who is starting out. This week we finish by looking at structure.

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Of course, structure is really the foundation of the novel, on which all of the other layers are built.  The reason I’ve only mentioned it now, at the end of my series, is because it has just jumped up and demanded my attention.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Writing Layers - Feelings & Senses

As I learned and grew as a writer, I went back over and over my novel to add more layers to it. In this series I'm writing about each of my 'layers' in the hope it will help someone who is starting out. This week we look at feelings and senses.

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Your characters will come across as wooden if they don't show emotions, but don't take the shortcut of having them say how they feel. Show it and let the reader work it out. It will draw the reader in as they feel along with the characters and give them a sense of achievement as they guess correctly. Don't have a character say, 'I'm so angry, ' show the thin lips, the tapping foot, the clenched fists.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Hugo Gernsback (History of Science Fiction)

So far in this history of science fiction I have concentrated on authors and their books, but we mustn’t forget the publishers who put these works in front of the reading public. The popularity of science fiction increased enormously with the publication of the first science fiction magazine. This brought short stories and affordability to a larger market. But it was not all plain sailing – especially for the authors who wrote for him.

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Hugo Gernsback (August 16 1884 – August 19 1967), was a Luxembourgish-American inventor, writer, editor, and magazine publisher, best known for publications including the first science fiction magazine. His contributions to the genre as publisher were so significant that, along with the novelists H G Wells and Jules Verne, he is sometimes called ‘The Father of Science Fiction’. In his honour, annual awards presented at the World Science Fiction Convention are named the ‘Hugos’.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Writing Layers – Description

As I learned and grew as a writer, I went back over and over my novel to add more layers to it. In this series I'm writing about each of my 'layers' in the hope it will help someone who is starting out. This week we look at description.

Messenger

I like dialogue, and get really absorbed when I'm writing it. But in my dialogue most action stops while people are talking. It's as if the people talking are in a bubble. The next layer I discovered was description, and not just for dialogue.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

H G Wells (History of Science Fiction)

Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games. Wells is now best remembered for his science fiction novels, and is called the father of science fiction, along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback. (I wrote about Jules Verne a few weeks ago and Hugo Gernsback is next week.)

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His most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898). Also The Sleeper Awakes (1910) and The First Men in the Moon (1901). I will be sharing the plots of each of these in the weeks to come.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Writing Layers – Subplots

As I learned and grew as a writer, I went back over and over my novel to add more layers to it. In this series I'm writing about each of my 'layers' in the hope it will help someone who is starting out. This week we look at subplots.

Writing

One of the main reasons my story wasn't long enough to be a novel was because there were no subplots. Just like real life, there should be lots of things going on at the same time. Your heroine may be facing a crisis in her marriage, which is the main story, but she still has to cope with the other aspects of her life, like situations in work or with friends or neighbours.