Writing Advice Archive
I love space. But sometimes all that pesky space travel can get in the way, and
Are our heroes simply an extension of our own vanity – a striving to be something
Vladmir Vasquez: Sci-Fi Settings
A list of interesting sci-fi settings to play around with, and a mini-generator to create challenging
These days everyone know what Unobtainium is, because it’s become its own punchline. Unobtainium is the
Screw Wikipedia, Contact a Scientist
Even though you’ve scoured the Internet and checked out every science book your local library has,
Is moral conduct a prerequisite of civilization, even for aliens?
Maksim Smelchak: Categorizing Aliens
Maksim Smelchak shares some advice for those creating their own alien species.
Should Sci-Fi Writers Stop Using the Name Terra?
Is the name "Terra" an enormous cliche, and when is it okay for science fiction writers
How to Create a Competition Winning Alien Profile
Advice on how to write a winning entry to our Alien Week competition
Spin the Genre Bottle: Generating Ideas for SciFi Crossovers
If you're having trouble thinking up new and original ideas for a science fiction story, here's
Four-Part Story Structure Explained
It's useful to consider a story as having four sections; the introduction, complication, climax and resolution.You
Using Attributive ‘Tags’ to Make Your Characters Memorable
Writing large numbers of characters in any fictional work can cause confusion for the reader. This
A Guide to Science Fiction Subgenres
The world of science fiction literally epic and incredibly complex. The genre can be divided into
8 Ways to Bring Your Character Back from the Dead in Science Fiction
In science fiction it's safe to say pretty much anything can happen. With a good enough
6 Alternatives to Faster-Than-Light Travel
Faster-than-light travel is one of the most revolutionary ideas science fiction has ever explored. This simple
A Sexy Guide to Structuring Your Story
This is an approach to story structure taught to me by my old creative writing lecturer,
Taking a Leaf out of Somebody Else’s Book
If you are desperate for ideas, this might help...
Make Your Character Fail Before Succeeding
I found this article on the Ongoing Worlds blog. It has some good tips on how