Could Nostradamus predict the future? No. A better question would be, did Nostradamus believe that he could predict the future? The answer is a bit complicated.
I’m a firm believer that fiction, especially sci-fi and humor, has a social responsibility. All of my works have some sort of commentary on everything from important social issues down to calling out common fictional tropes that need to be addressed.
Writing a fake memoir is a treacherous, tricky business. But learning how it’s done is the best way to avoid being fooled by the next shocking but highly improbable bestselling tell-all.
Present-day mystery and alternative history require research; otherwise one trips over the sort of people who know stuff. And believe me, they will jump on you if you put a pinkie wrong.
.Even if you’re not a journalist, learning to write like Hunter S. Thompson will shake up your writing habits and add an unorthodox liveliness to anything from memoirs to blog posts to job-seeking cover letters.
Strong characters are a must. I don’t have to like the characters, but I have to have some point to relate to
Learning to write like Lovecraft can make you frighteningly good at crafting a tale of terror. But there are blood-curdling drawbacks to Lovecraft’s style.
Capturing the nuances of Laura Ingalls Wilders' settings, themes, and narrative style can be unexpectedly challenging … and controversial.
In an ideal world, there would never be a deadline when you set out to write a story. But in the real world, time is of the essence.
If I could change anything from childhood, it would be to seek out more writer friends and communities. I spent a lot of time envisioning myself as a guy alone in a room, manufacturing the sublime out of nothing, and all that’s done is slow down my learning curve. Being part of a conversation and sharing more probably would have sped up the process.