There’s a lot of material out there about writing, but most of it is general: how to use adverbs, dialogue tags are bad, mix up your sentence length. Then there are less general posts and articles and discussions: race and ethnicity in fiction, how to design a magic system, how to world-build, three act stories. These things get a lot of traction and a lot of focus.
What don’t get a lot of focus are more specific issues of plotting. Tropes, plot devices, themes. So, for the next little while, I’ll be exploring these less-appreciated elements of fiction. And since this is a spec fic blog, I’ll be exploring their applications in that genre. There’ll be more than one post for each topic, so think of it as a series of miniseries. I hope you’ll find something useful in these posts.