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WRITER'S WORKSHOP

Welcome to the new Sci Fi - Arizona Writer's Workshop.  Many people have commented (with varying degrees of vehemence) on the rather lackadaisical way I have been updating the monthly articles of late.  I plead guilty as charged!  Sometimes there is just too much going on at the beginning of each month to update the articles.  To solve this problem, I have reformatted the articles and arranged them such that loading them online is simply a matter of a few clicks rather than the hour or so that preparing them for upload used to take.  To get everything synchronized, we are beginning both The Art of Writing and The Art of Science Fiction from the start.  That way, we won't miss anything.  As always, if you get impatient with the pace of delivery, you can always go to the Non-Fiction link to the left and actually purchase the books! (End crass commercial.)

For people who are new to the website, this is the section where we publish articles of interest to writers. We have two main discussion forums: 1) general advice and techniques for writers, and 2) the special needs of science fiction writing. If you are now a writer, wish to be a writer in the future, or are interested in the craft of writing, you will find both forums to be interesting. The articles are available for download in PDF format.

THE ART OF WRITING SERIES

General Advice For Writers

THIS MONTH'S ARTICLE

Sequels and Series

The one thing that all editors really love are sequels and series.  And why not?   Each succeeding book comes with a ready audience, namely the people who liked the last book.  I don't know about other writers, but personally, I don't care for them.   Not only are they hard to write, but they also have some inherent traps for the unwary.  If you plan to write a sequel someday, you will want to read this 7,500 word article on the subject.

PREVIOUS MONTH'S ARTICLES:

Sex In Fiction

The Unavoidable Sin of Repetition

THE ART OF SCIENCE FICTION

General Advice For Science Fiction Writers

THIS MONTH'S ARTICLE

Space War, Part III: Interstellar Space War

The ultimate setting for a war story is interstellar space.   But is the gulf between the stars so vast that it would be impossible to wage   war between star systems?  Could be.  On the other hand, we human beings haven't let little things like vast mountain ranges, wide oceans, or the fact that we were born without wings stop us from taking our little internecine squabbles wherever we wished.  Where there's a will, there's a war!   The article covers the various ways to engage in combat between the stars, some of which are far from obvious.     

PREVIOUS MONTH'S ARTICLES:

Space War, Part I: Fundamentals

Space War, Part II: Interplanetary Space War

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