Jason asks: “Is it better to show a character’s personality and flaws when they are being introduced, or as the story unfolds?”
Today we introduce a series of questions from high school student Jason doing on a project on expertise, who asks: “I’m writing a story in which one can steal powers from those they kill. What fictional or real-world sources can I draw from?”
Nikki asks: What do you do when you’re not writing?
Kris asks: How do you write characters you don’t really like, and keep them believable and relatable?
Robert asks: With so many post-apocalyptic stories out there, why are there so few about the collapse of civilizations?
A Boy and His Dog, by Harlan Ellison
On The Beach by Nevil Shute
Farnham’s Freehold, by Robert A. Heinlein
The Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
Aztec by Gary Jennings
Taliesin by Stephen R. Lawhead
The Quiet Earth
Prey by Michael Crichton
1491 by Charles C. Mann
Hello everybody — Just a quickie note to tell you I’m landed, no longer driving, and will be recording a new block over the next few days and the show should be back soon.
Hope you’re all enjoying your summer!
Simon asks: Is there a good audiobook market for short stories?
Simon asks: Is there an established formatting convention for written communications, such as letters, emails, and text messages, in fiction?