Down the Research Rabbit Hole

Writing Tips #7 in the Series Writing fiction relies on not only creative abilities for world building, it relies on actual scientific advances to lend credibility to setting and controversy. Especially when competing in Writers of the Future with talented writers from across the globe! This requires research. But things can get tricky when the […]

A Writer’s Schedule

Writing Tips #6 in the Series “Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.” ― Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune I could submit to Writers of the Future, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to actually write! Or… I could be a writer if I only had the […]

The Strong Antagonist

Storytelling has grown from the first years of Writers of the Future. One of the biggest things that science fiction and fantasy storytellers have learned is to create a compelling protagonist. No longer is it enough to fight evil because it is evil and the character is good. Now, a good story must build up the protagonist….

Exposition – “It’s a Trap!”

When preparing to submit to Writers of the Future, or to a publishing house, how can you make your piece stand out?

The Infinite Loop: Editing & Rewriting

Writing Tips #3 in the Series There are two main jobs as a writer. The first is generally well known. To be a writer one must write. Put those words down and finish the dang story in whatever state you can. The second job is sometimes the more dreaded of the two, but it is […]

The Elements of Scent

Elements crucial to most any medium of storytelling require that who, what, where, when and why are addressed. While they are a good construct, what is really going to breathe life into a world are sensory details.

The Distinction of a Writer OR Rule #1 of Writing

Welcome to the Writers of the Future blog; Tips on Writing. You will find many great tips to help you tone up your writing, both for submission to the contest and just in general for submitting for publication. As with any great narrative, we are going to start at the beginning, in this case, with Rule #1 of writing.

Tennis, Anyone?

What does tennis have to do with writing? Well, for bestselling author, Nnedi Okorafor, it provided one of her greatest lessons as a writer.