Category Archives: Writing

Questions 698: Heinlein, Humor, and the Death of Irony

Ian asks: Satire and humor is subjective, so how can we signal to the audience that we are joking?

Questions 646: Writing Believable Geniuses
Forest Gump by Winston Groom
Starship Stormtroopers essay by Michael Moorcock
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A Heinlein
The Rolling Stones by Robert A. Heinlein
Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein (book and film)/
Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
The Doctrine of Fascism by Benito Mussolini
The History of the Pelopennesian War by Thucydides
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
Das Kapital by Karl Marx and Frederich Engels
Slaugherhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

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Questions 697: Memory Tips & Tricks

Roland asks: Writing middle of the night ideas doesn’t work for me, but I’ve tried a few other tricks for remembering things. What do you think?

Resources Mentioned:

Method of Loci: wikipedia article and How Stuff Works article

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Questions 695: Formulas vs. Structures

Charles asks: “What’s the difference between formula and structure, and what’s the best formula or structure for new writers?”

Resources Mentioned:
The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe (part of a collection)
Star Trek TNG
Star Trek DS 9
Hill Street Blues
NYPD Blue
The A Team
Babylon 5
Heinlein Juveniles
Hadrian’s Flight by J. Daniel Sawyer
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King book and film

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Questions 691: Characterizing Radically Different People

Rachel asks: “Do you have any tips on writing a point of view you haven’t experienced?”

Resources Mentioned
Ken Wilber
Integral Theory
Mein Kampf
The Screwtape Letters
Letters from the Earth by Mark Twain

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Questions 689: Plot Structure vs. Plot Formula

Charles asks: What is the difference between plot structure and plot formulas?

Resources Mentioned
The Dark Knight
Skyfall
How To Write a Novel Using The Snowflake Method
Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need
The A Team (series)
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings (film)
Babylon 5
Soulless

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