On Thrillers

As an indie writer, I take an interest in other indies, their achievements, and the degree of success they experience. Many indies craft thrillers by preference. That might be because that’s the genre they most enjoy; indeed, I’d say that’s the overwhelmingly most common reason. But sadly, most of those writers haven’t bothered to master fundamental writing skills – and that includes many who have plotting and storytelling gifts that their lack of writerly chops underserves. I’m not talking here about stylistic arabesques of the sort identified with “literary” fiction. Anyone who’s been reading my thoughts on fiction for any
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World Building

I’m gonna talk about two things here: Cosmogony and World Creation Cosmogony Any theory concerning the coming into existence (or origin) of either the cosmos (or universe), or the so-called reality of sentient beings. World Creation Essentially a process of defining a sandbox and populating it. The Cosmogony of a story is a core concept I have to address at its start. In a sense I have to do it before things start. World Creation is something rather different. This is all about the design of the author. Both are ripe for speculation; particularly in SF & Fantasy. My starting point on these is back
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What’s your crutch word?

I don’t know if it’s just me or other authors also have a certain word that they inadvertently repeat while writing. After I wrote my very first draft, I realized that my crutch word was ‘felt‘. My editor had pointed it out to me. I understand that writing is best done spontaneously and not if you are constantly aware of what you might be doing wrong. It disturbs the flow if you write consciously. However, while self-editing, one should be aware of their crutch words (if any). While revising your script you can then easily do a search on those
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