Tag Archives: heinlein

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 185: Do Not Rewrite? Are You Crazy!?

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Dan Dan The Art Man asks:
“I’m really struggling with Heinlein’s Third Rule. How can you NOT rewrite and still turn out good stories? Can we fix stories before we abandon them?”

Books discussed:
The Republic by Plato

YA Adventure Special 13: Wrapping It Up

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Today, I talk about the Character Climax in Hadrian’s Flight, the denouement, and the experience of finishing up my first ever successful attempt to write a Heinlein Juvenile. Interesting revelations about the nature of creativity and young adult literature ensue.

This marks the final episode in this series of specials–do send in any questions it spawned for you!

And be sure to check out Hadrian’s Flight for yourself!

YA Adventure Special 12: The Action Climax

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Today I discuss the experience of writing the action climax to the book, and how I was able to solve some big problems by finding the answers within the book-to-date, including some unexpected twists. I also talk about how the Heinlein Juveniles have a bifurcated story structure in the final third of the book, why that happens, and how I accidentally emulated this feature with Hadrian’s Flight.

YA Adventure Special 11: Hadrian’s Flight, Moments of Truth

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Today in our walk-through of Hadrian’s Flight, Hadrian’s confession leads to a cunning plan, while the writer begins gathering the plot threads together.

YA Adventure Special 10: Hadrian’s Flight, Pinch Point

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We continue our journey through Hadrian’s Flight. Now we’re at the pinch point in the novel, where our main character goes from being reactive to proactive, and as a result the world changes around him.

YA Adventure Special 8: Hadrian’s Flight, Boot Camp

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Today I talk about the Boot Camp phase of Hadrian’s Flight, which is that part of any YA novel where the character’s identity is broken down and rebuilt to meet the demands of the story. I explain why this is important, how it works, and how I did it to Hardiran.

YA Adventure Special 7: Hadrian’s Flight, Core Team

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Today, we explore what happens when the author of Hadrian’s Flight gets lost along with the character right at the point where the core cast of characters should be coming together. Productivity slows, regrouping ensues, and worldbuilding commences in earnest.