Symbolism & Setting—The Perfect Marriage | Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Things to strive toward in your writing. Fill it to the rim with these things. Make it so these powerful elements help to drive your story forward and your reader cannot put your book down.

In stories, this depth can be added a number of ways—through subplots, character arc, subtext, theme, and symbolism. Of them all, I think symbolism is one of the simplest methods to employ, and it …

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Guest Post: The Secret to Writing Great Sci-Fi

A post by one of my favorite new authors.

The Spinning Pen

robot handWhen someone says “science fiction,” what comes to mind? Space exploration? Futuristic technology? Aliens life forms? We tend to think of science fiction in those terms, but the best sci-fi stories don’t just spark our imaginations. They find a way to bring the story back home to the beautifully flawed humans who inhabit planet Earth. The brilliance of science fiction is that—no matter where or when it takes place—it creates a backdrop against which we can examine human nature and ask the question “What does it mean to be human?”

In Pierce Brown’s Red Rising, the human race has colonized our solar system and evolved into a color-coded Society. Darrow is a Red, part of a slave workforce trapped beneath the surface of Mars. The Reds have been lied to and cruelly oppressed by the Golds. The Golds have taken everything from Darrow—his father, his wife—and now they’ve condemned…

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6 Tips for How to Organize Your Novel’s Edits – Helping Writers Become Authors

Keeping things in order and under control . . .

Odd Sock Proofreading & Copyediting

Organizational tips to help keep the editing monster manageable.

How to organize your novel’s edits can seem like a complicated question. Use these 6 steps to make things as simple and straightforward as possible.

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