Science Fiction Plot Prompts for the Week ending April 30,2017

This week’s prompts concern unintended consequences of civil rights for robots and a forest on Mars.

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Review: Write Your Novel From the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between

Write Your Novel From the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between
Write Your Novel From the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between by James Scott Bell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is enough to convince me James Scott Bell deserves his reputation as an excellent writing teacher. He came up with an intriguing technique of use to both plotter and panster writers. His premise is that you can organize your work around the crucial moment in your story, usually in the middle. You define the middle and you can create the build up in the beginning and fallout of it in the ending. If you are a plotter this is the starting point of your outline. Even if your a pantser you still need to organize your story once your done and this can can become the basis of a revision plan. Thanks to this book I have my eye on more of his writing instruction books.

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Top Fantasy Plot Prompts for April 27, 2017

I’m turning this week’s trends into writing prompts for myself and any readers this blog may have.

you can look them, and their accompanying videos, here


Announcing the Start of Khiatons Kindle Short Reads

Khiatons Kindle Short Reads publishing program starts May 1st. These will give blog readers a chance to see the kind of works my trend watching inspires. They’re geared towards Kindle Select Readers who want to stream short reads and are composed of approximately 5000 word ebooks. They’ll be available for sale at 99 cents individually. If you’re not a member of Kindle Select, and prefer to save money, I’ll gather them into themed story collections and offer them as larger ebooks and print books.

The themed collections will be uploaded to Smashwords. However, the individual short read books will be kept exclusive to Kindle Select.

I figured this was a worthwhile experiment for 2017, and will see how it goes.

This is the first ebook Machine Learning: Two Short Reads which is available on May 1st.

Machine Learning: Two Short Reads

What will machines learn from humanity? We can hope they’ll hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil and obey the Three Laws of Robotics but Gidget the Gadget may become a respected member of the family, while the Dissembly Meme still goes viral in these two short reads. (Approximately a total of 4607 words)


Science Fiction Plot Prompts for the Week ending April 23,2017

Here are videos of current trends turned into writing prompts

see them here


Review: The Waste Lands

The Waste Lands
The Waste Lands by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The last member of Roland’s companions is gathered and now they move on to the quest. The collection of the companions seemed like a sideline but he makes more progress with them then he did by himself. Roland grows by learning the value of teamwork, and the action picks up at the conclusion. Only King could get away with spending so long gathering the members of the quest. Very few people could pull it off.

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Top Fantasy Writing Prompts for April 20, 2017

I’ll still be offering the results of my weekly trend spotting.
However, I’m shifting my weekly blogposts to fantasy plot prompts
instead of curating the best picks.

here’s this week’s fantasy writing prompts